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sounds good

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Here is a toasted quinoa recipe for you to try.

Toasted Quinoa Salad

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup minced parsley or cilantro
2 sliced green onions
juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime (or 1 - 2 tablespoons of each)
1-1/2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 cloves minced or pressed garlic
1 teaspoon chili sauce (tobasco) (or use a pinch of cayenne, a few red pepper flakes, etc.)

Rinse quinoa and drain. Put in a pot and dry toast until a few grains begin to pop. Add 1-1/2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

Mix carrot, red pepper, parsley and green onion in large bowl. Add cold quinoa and toss to combine, Whisk together lemon and lime juices, tamari, garlic and chili sauce. Pour over salad and combine well. Chill until serving time.





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Unless the package so it is pre-rinsed you must rinse the seeds to remove their bitter resin-like coating, which is called saponin. I generally do this 2 or 3 times. I use a small sieve or strainer since the grains which are really seeds will fall thru the holes in a colander. You can "pop" the seeds in a dry skillet and eat them as a dry cereal or you can also toast them in the oven.




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12/7/09 9:44 A

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Thanks, I've seen that thread, my question was a bit specific and not answered in it. Fortunately I got some good ideas here.

Hmmm.... I should make some quinoa now! :-)



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emoticon Just for all of you newbies who may not know this - before you ask a question you should see if the team already has a thread on it. Right above the box for General Discussion you will see a box that says- Search. You plug in the topic there to see if there is already a discussion on it. If so you can jump right in and you will probably find your answer there along with other great info on that topic.

Here is the thread for quinoa:
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Good question. I've just started experimenting with quinoa too. Thanks for the info Ellifunt.

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That sounds like a good idea, Ellifunt, I'll have to try it that way. Only, there's a rule - no garlic. Appearantly garlic makes me especially stinky!



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The way I prepare it:
I rinse it a few times first.

I then saute my onions, green peppers & garlic. When that's done I toss in my quinoa and saute' that for a minute or 2. Not sure if that's the correct way or not. I then add my water & seasonings.


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me too


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I've always wanted to try quinoa, so I would love to know, too!

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OK, so quinoa is growing on me, but I have a question. I've seen recipes that say to toast the quinoa, but how does that work when you have to rinse it? Do you rinse first, let it dry, and then toast it? Or can I toast it first and then rinse? Just wondering, becuase i like it more every time I try it and would like to toast it to see if that makes it even better!



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