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Toasted Quinoa

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I love quinoa, so I couldn’t wait to try this toasted quinoa recipe I found on Healthy Tipping Point www.healthytippingpoint.
by Caitlin.

I didn’t have maple syrup like the recipe calls for, so I just subbed in some honey, although I used half of what they called for. I mixed together the raw quinoa, honey, flax, and cinnamon.

Then I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When it came out, it looked really good and it didn’t taste that bad.

But the texture was absolutely awful to me. It was crunchy, but not in a good way! It actually sort of hurt my teeth to try and chew. So I decided to just eat something I knew would taste good.

Chobani greek yogurt, banana, Kashi Go Lean cereal with cinnamon and unsweetened vanilla almond milk

My husband will eat basically anything, so he ate the majority of the toasted quinoa. He said that the quinoa balls kept getting stuck in his teeth and he eventually found something else to eat, too.
The recipe I like of hers that goes along with this is the Pumpkin Yogurt. Now THAT is good! Just about 1/4 cup of pumpkin, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and some plain Chobani.

Mixed all together it becomes a lovely, smooth and creamy pumpkin-flavored yogurt! It’s a little bit grainy, due to the cinnamon, but the texture isn’t really that compromised.

My next plan is to try the quinoa again, but this time using Caitlin’s Breakfast Quinoa recipe (which you can find by scrolling down the page from the link above). It’s basically just like oatmeal, except with quinoa. Oats upset my stomach sometimes, so I’m hoping to find some more uses for quinoa!

Have you tried quinoa yet? How do you use it or what puts you off from trying it?
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    The toasted quinoa was ok. I enjoyed the flavor.
    2934 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2010 11:43:03 PM
    I love quinoa, and for some reason eat it more in the spring. It's best paired with the bitter greens, I think. I'm lazy and never pre-rinse! It comes out just fine without--or maybe it's not as good but I just don't know that because I usually skip that step.

    But your yogurt idea has really got me intrigued--that sounds good. I usually make myself individual desserts, and one thing I have made is pumpkin pie without the crust--the yogurt sounds very creamy and good, perfect for a night when I'm craving something rich and decadent.

    2934 days ago
    I love quinoa as well and was so excited to read this post! Bummer that it turned out terrible. Oh well, I will just keep cooking it like I always have :)
    2934 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    I use a fine mesh sieve, it works GREAT! I put the measured amount into it, rinse, and dump it in the pot. Takes just a few seconds! =)
    2934 days ago
    hunnythistle - you should get a nut milk bag. They are made of a fine mesh so you can still rinse small graing but not get them all over the place.
    2934 days ago
    Quinoa is okay -- I don't like the basic flavour as well as I like rice, especially the Indian Basmati that I love. But I like to eat a wide variety of grains, so quinoa is a staple in my kitchen. Mostly we eat it with saucy beans, spicy curries, and some stir fry's -- just subbing it for the rice. It's perfectly fine. I haven't tried doing anything else with it.

    The most difficult thing is the pre-rinsing required, and the little seeds that get everywhere! But, that's really not a big deal!
    2934 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2010 5:16:03 PM
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