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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,746
4/18/13 2:24 P

Also, if you toast it a little in a hot dry pan or in the oven or toaster oven, you get a nutty flavor.

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
4/18/13 1:02 P

Never have had it...

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/18/13 6:40 A

The biggest thing that people find about quinoa, often, is that they don't rinse it.
This is especially true for the non-white (especially red) variety, that still has the outside husk on it. It's bitter otherwise.

Even soaking it for a while before rinsing it is helpful in softening it, and lessening the bitter taste.

After that, quinoa is as versatile as your imagination.
Like many other seeds and grains, it takes on the flavours of whatever you add.

4/17/13 6:30 P

It does taste good. It cooks a lot like rice.

HAWAII5YEARS SparkPoints: (61,416)
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4/17/13 5:51 P

I had quinoa (not the first time, but the first time it was the main ingredient in a dish) on Easter. My niece is avoiding gluten so she used quinoa in a tabouleh recipe. Essentially, (the traditional greek version uses bulgur wheat) it is the cooked grain mixed with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, possibly some onion or garlic and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. It was so good that it made it easy to pass on the lasagna!

AMBERT79 Posts: 54
4/17/13 3:34 P

You can really do almost anything with quinoa. And, it is technically a seed, not a grain, with a substantial amount of protein. I've made "primavera" using the quinoa instead of pasta; throw it in soups and chilis, mexican, and make plant burgers with it. It is so diverse. And, as another menitoned, just look on Pinterest for recipes. I often replace many rice dishes with quinoa since it offers more nutrients. Yum!

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4/17/13 2:14 P

I love quiona and especially that it's a special protein. But it is bland, so I do things with it that takes on great flavor from what I mix with it.

My favorite recipe is Quiona and Black Bean Salad (search in Find a Recipe on SparkPeople, or go to and search) I reviewed the recipe, and often find the reviews very helpful. This one is a bit labor intensive, BUT SO WORTH IT.

You can find many other recipes (and reviews) on SparkPeople. Good luck!!

4/17/13 1:31 P

I found several recipes on pinterest using Quinoa. I tried the pizza bites, but didn't care for them. I've also tried the apple cinnamon bites. I believe it also had some oatmeal in them. They were decent. I liked them better with a small drizzle of icing on top. The texture of quinoa is kinda strange, but I think I will get used to it. So far, my favorite has been quinoa pancakes. They aren't as light and fluffy feeling as regular pancakes, but a much better substitute for the real deal. I'm hoping to try stuffed peppers next (substituting quinoa for rice). Good luck!

CHIGIRL410 SparkPoints: (8,784)
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4/17/13 1:28 P

My favorite quinoa is for breakfast. I cook it plain with water, and then heat it up in microwave with milk and cinnamon. It's really tasty that way. I try not to eat grains at other times of day, but I need some first thing in the morning or after exercise.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/17/13 12:17 P

I just bought some the other day. I'd eaten it before, but never made it myself. I made it in my rice cooker, added a little more water than I would have with rice, some olive oil, and a low salt vegetable broth cube for a bit of extra flavor. Came out wonderfully! I mixed it with some ginger, cabbage and celery with a splash of soy sauce for a sort of fried rice substitute. Very tasty. :)

REDPANDA10 Posts: 361
4/17/13 2:36 A

I use quinoa quite a lot. I'm a vegetarian and find it a useful source of protein. I tend to use it instead of rice. I like that it cooks quickly. It an be a little bland but it's easy to add flavour with herbs and chopped vegetables.

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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4/17/13 12:21 A

I like quinoa. It's a decent source of protein, but I think it's fairly unique in that it provides a "complete protein" where most plant-based protiens lack the proper balance of the essential amino acids and are best combined with complementary protein sources to provide that balance. This is my non-professional, amature-vegetarian understanding of it.

As far as the flavor, I find it's like rice, in that it doesn't have much flavor of it's own but absorbs the flavors it is cooked in or topped with. I usually cook it in veggie broth, even if I'm going to mix it into a (savory) recipe. My sister likes recipes that are mostly quinoa with a bit of veg in it, while I like mostly veg recipes with a small amount of quinoa. A serving is .25 cup dry, which is maybe .5 or .75 cup cooked, so it's not substantial enough as a main dish in my opinion unless accompanied by a large volume of veggies.

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,983)
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4/16/13 7:35 P

I had quinoa last night. After it had cooked and cooled, I mixed in some sun dried tomatoes and finely chopped fresh spinach. I served it with some fresh lemon slices, fresh crushed black pepper, and a little olive oil for those who aren't worried about their weight. I hear it is good protein for a grain. (Though I read it is technically a seed!!!) I looked up the protein content and thought it was a fair amount.

I have seen a quinoa salad recipes that contains quinoa, grated carrot, chopped red pepper, capers, black olives, green onion, and crumbled feta. My friend mixes quinoa in with her rice (since it cooks the same) for added nutrition.

To be honest, I hated quinoa when I first had it at age 18. Gross! But I think it was just a bad recipe or it hadn't been rinsed first (apparently it can taste bitter if not rinsed well before cooking). Because when I ventured to try it again 12 years later, I found that I liked it. I guess my tastes have changed as well. I hope you like it.

POETICA7 SparkPoints: (9,026)
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4/16/13 6:04 P

If you eat quinoa, I would love to hear from you with recipe ideas. Does it taste good? Is it a good source of protein? I've never had it but have just bought it for the first time.

Thank you.

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