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9/29/13 2:03 P

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This is a reply about cooking quinoa in the rice cooker. We have a very basic & inexpensive rice cooker. We don't have to time it at all. The cooker senses when to turn off, even though it is not a "fuzzy logic" cooker. The basic cookers work by temperature.

If the quinoa doesn't say pre-rinsed, you might want to wash it in a very fine strainer first until the water runs clear. There is a somewhat bitter substance comes off with rinsing.

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9/22/13 5:58 A

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Fall is such a good time of year to get whole foods in. It is amazing what you can add to soups and stews without the family knowing the difference: Chili with tons of veggies (chopped up in the food processor mind you, so they are in very small pieces and no one knows they are in there. I add kale, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini). Also you can sneak a little barley or brown rice into your vegetable soup. Add some buckwheat flour to your hotcakes. You can even add pureed spinach and beets to chocolate cake mix with no one the wiser.

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I made a quinoa/brown rice dish. It was delicious. I love eating whole foods!

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Just made fresh crowder peas for dinner from the Farm to Fork cookbook by Emeril Lagasse and enjoyed them. Even my darling tean age daughter age them.

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I love the team goals! Yesterday, I tried delicata squash, stuffed with brown rice. This morning, I am going to mash the leftover squash into my quiche.

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Can't believe I actually remembered to look up my teams today.
I have found eating raw vegetables( not all,of course) to be detoxifying and more healthy, it also gives a feeling of fullness. Just remember we didn't get like this overnight so it won't be overnight we get rid of it. But Oh what a wonderful feeling it will be to get it off and out.
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I made a taboli salad today -- I found out it tastes delicious with fat free red wine vinagrette dressing.

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I would just suggest getting foods from the 4 food groups, fruits/veggies, legumes, whole grains and nuts/seeds. That is all you need for a healthy plant-based food plan.

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I am doing a three day raw veggie and fruit fast then I moving on to a plant based, mostly diet. I will be eating eggs and cheese. I am interested in any tips that anyone has for this newbie!

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How many minutes did you cook the quinoa and how much water did you use in your rice cooker? I have a steamer and I just never know how long to cook the whole grains.

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Are you eating 1-2 cups of beans per day? That should help with your blood sugar levels so you don't feel light headed.

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I just started out on the program from the Eat to Live book and I'm having a problem with light headedness. I've figured out that while I don't feel hungry, and actually feel full, I'm not getting enough calories so I added a bit more whole grains. I got the best pita chips, brand name Stacy's, at the Whole Foods. I went back on the weight watchers site and found out I had only eaten 13 points, or the equivalent of 853 calories here. So I'm adding more food! It's amazing. I also think I'm in a detox mode so I'm hoping I'll start to feel better soon. I still can't give up my Diet Pepsi though.

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Well, I'm not a vegetarian. I was vegan for a while but I've added animal products back into my diet. I see whole foods as being about eating natural, real food, as opposed to processed food. In other words, eating apples instead of store-bought fruit roll-ups.

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I think I may have joined a "meatless" team??? If that is what Whole Foods for Health is all about, I doubt I would stick with this team. Not that I have an adversion to eating vegetarian. I am not a huge meat lover, but I truly believe that I would be inclined to eat "some" small meat portions. My hubby is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I find that I can occassionally slip in something new and different, but he tends to react negatively, if I go "overboard". For instance we tried a blended couscous the other night and he ate it, but said it wasn't anything he would want again. I flavored it with spices, garlic, onion, carrots, etc. and enjoyed it, but it seems to be more of a "filler" type food to me.

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I still have not tried making quinoa, but that ends tomorrow. I found a nice looking recipe in Vegan Express that uses pine nuts, cranberries and parsley. I will make this with some marinated tofu and a salad for supper tomorrow night.

I like to buy and cook up in bulk different kinds of rice and then freeze in family size portions to use for quick suppers. Tonight I cooked up a pot of wehani brown rice. I think the kids will LOVE it.

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I've been trying quinoa out lately, and I really like it. It's a delicious alternative to rice in rice and beans, and really good as a morning porridge with rice milk and dried fruit. Thanks for mentioning that you have to rinse it (I tend to forget that part). I was a bit dismayed when I out it into the Spark nutrition tracker, though, because it had a large amount of fat and calories. What's the recommended serving size for cooked quinoa?

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I'm not sure how nutritious they are, but we made them, roasted with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil, on Thanksgiving and they were delicious, especially the day after, cold.

One problem with making new recipes is that my mother and brother don't like so many ingredients (eggplant, chickpeas, fennel, okra, mushrooms). It's very frustrating trying new recipes out on them. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to sneak these foods into recipes?

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That does sound good. I need to try more recipes like that.

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That sounds wonderful.

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Here's my favorite quinoa recipe:

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I have been trying to start my day with a rich fiber bread for toast in the morning. I love the smell of toast and it is easy and cheap. I get good bread, and mix it up on the style, but it starts my day out right!

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Quinoa is really versatile and I recently tried red quinoa and that was also very good, maybe better than the regular white variety. The very first time I made quinoa I didn't know about rinsing it before cooking it to remove the soapy coating that it naturally has and it was inedible! Once I learned that lesson, my family ate it willingly. Recently I cooked some red quinoa in vegetable broth then mixed it with finely diced, saute'ed carrots, celery, mushrooms, onion and toasted pine nuts. I pre-baked acorn squash, cut in half, then stuffed them with the quinoa and vegetable mix, covered with foil and baked at 350 a while longer until the squash was completely tender. I uncovered it and baked it just a few minutes longer. It was really good; a meal in itself (since it has protein) along with a green salad.

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cooking Quinoa is as simple as rice. Each bag has the directions. You then use it as you would rice, pasta, or any grains. I cook a half cup and put a tablespoon in each of the babies (9 months old) foods that they eat. I also have used it in their fruits. I put it in my cereal, add it to yogurt, fruit salad, pour marinara sauce over, and even saute onion, bell peppers, garlic with a little olive oil then toss in the cooked quinoa and serve. I don't use salt in any of my foods but there are other spices you could use.
Do a search here on this site. They have a recipe using spinach and feta cheese and many more.
It is very high in protein and I use it most days.

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I am lucky. My husband likes all the whole grains. He is the reason I've tried cous cous, millet, etc. Our children have to eat a no thank you helping. I work with special needs children. Many autistic children have what is known as food jagging. They only eat one or two foods all day. To get rid of that problem, they need to sit next to someone eating the food, pass the food to others, have it on their plate, play with the food on their plate, and then finally they will try it. The same process seems to work for my children only faster.


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I have never cooked grains other than the usual... rice, oatmeal, wheat berries, pasta... I have never cooked millet or quinoa for example. I wouldn't know where to start.

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I've never seen the pea sized coucous before. I feel like there is still soooooo much more for me to learn.

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One of the salads I had the coucous was really small and the other it was pea sized. I think I could get away with the small with my clan. :-)

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I've tried couscous and liked it, but the family wasn't so crazy about it. It's hard to fix a food when I'm the only one who likes it. Wich I could get 'em to like more.

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Believe it or not, I tried two forms of couscous last night for the first time ever. I like the food challenge.

I already drink 12 glasses of water per day, and often more, so I encourage everyone who struggles with water to get it down! I mix my water with juice to get it all in. 1/2 c. juice mixed with 3 1/2 c. water.

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Glad to know about the quinoa in the rice cooker. Let me know how the amaranth turns out.

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Flo, I inherited the old edition of Laurel's Kitchen from my mom about a year ago (she no longer cooks from cookbooks, just looks in the fridge and wings it). Anyway, I love it! I wonder how the new edition is different?

I have a rice cooker, and I just tried using it to cook quinoa, and it turned out really well, nice and tender and fluffy. I'm so happy, because for some reason I've never been able to get it to turn out this way when trying it on the stove.

Next I'm going to try using it to make amaranth and see how that works out-- there is another grain that always ends up too sticky or gummy for me when I try to make it on the stove.

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That does sound good. I may have to try it. Like I said -- I like some spice and just a little heat -- but no one else in the family likes any heat at all. So if I buy something on the hot side, I'm the only one that eats and a lot usually ends up getting wasted.


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I didn't feel any heat. It was just sweet with a little hint of pepper flavor. I just thought about slathering a portobello mushroom with it after grilling. MMMMMMM

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habanero jelly? Is it as hot as it sounds? I like spicy and a little heat... but not habanero hot emoticon LOL

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I tried samples today at the Whole Foods Market. I still don't like mango, charcoal crackers and acai. I do like Taylor Point pears, red grapes, habanero jelly, brie and pandanno. I also don't like BBQ chips even if they are baked and healthy. emoticon

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Thanks for the suggestion to retry veggies and fruit. I have found this goal very hard to achieve, even after I modified it.


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I added something to the second goal. Not just trying new things but retrying old things that I don't like a new way to see if I still don't like them. Yep still don't like kiwi but at least I tried it again.

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Goal number one is a piece of cake for me. My Mom was a single Mom and couldn't afford sugery drinks and such, so she taught me to drink water at an early age. I love it!
Number 2 is harder, but I do need to try and eat more fruit. i already have tried just about every grain and bean out there. There are so many!

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I just discovered that I am the only person signed up for the try-something-new team goal.

Apparently there is something you each need to do to join each team goal, maybe a button on the goal page. I don't see it, because when I created the goal it added me automatically.

I was tempted to give myself credit for the fig confit, but that would be cheating. A locally bakery/soup/sandwich chain has a roasted veggie sandwich with a sweet condiment made from figs.

I'm rambling. I got up in the middle of the night 'cause I couldn't sleep.

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Will, I don't know what stores are available in your area, but around here ... the Kroger stores will often have descriptions/info listed on the produce signs. I've occasionally seen this at County Market too. I have tried a few new things that way.

The hardest part for me is finding something once I hear about it. It seems the selection is often limited. We have ONE health food store in the area and it doesn't have a huge selection of fresh produce (it is a rather small store).

Also if you find something interesting -- you can Google how to prepare it.

I'd love to find new, interesting, and most of all EASY (LOL) ways to prepare whole foods. I especially like things that can be prepared in advance for a quick meal at a later time or be cooked in a crock pot.

Anyway, thanks Flo -- sounds like good/fun goals.

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Good goals. I'm new to veg., so I'm learning all different kinds of things.

Weight watchers allows us to also count tea as our water as long as it's decaffinated. If that helps anyone. I drink tea in the morning instead of coffee (just switched) and it's really helping me meet my water goal.

Also, thanks Val. for the artichoke info. I always steer clear of them too because not knowing how to cook them.





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Sorry I don't have a trick to drinking more water girlfriend.
As for brussles..they are just baby cabbage...I LOVE to cook onions add brussles to the hot pan than a little veg broth and the lid to steam them than I toss in some corn and Limas to make a terrific succotash!
As for ARTICHOKES...They are the sexiest of all the veggies! They are a flower you need to de-flower and there is an oral fixation involved.
I cut mine in half long way, using a paring knife dig out the furry choke part (be careful not to dig up the "meaty" base) and trim the end of the stem and any immature petals. Next, I steam them in my bamboo steamer and when a fork will insert easily through the back than I throw them in a pan with either garlic and lemon or balsamic vinegar. To eat them dip them in your extra sauce one petal at a time and scrape the base of the petal against your teeth to scrape the meat off...than when you get to the en d of the petals the e base and the stem it is delicious.
Whole foods or ethnic grocery stores are good places to find things to experiment with...and just ask people in these places are very forthcoming with information!

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Thanks, Will, for the feedback.

I've deleted and recreated the goal, making it a little broader. I suggested trying a new grain, bean, vegetable or fruit, or a new preparation method for something we already use.

It's not online, but The New Laurel's Kitchen is an excellent resource for basic information about choosing and using whole foods.

I am aware of some online sources. I'll try to post some links.

Thanks!
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I agree that my biggest problem is goal #2 as well. Like you, I eat a wide array of whole foods that it is difficult for me to introduce something new (and also due to those veggies that I just am unwilling to embrace like artichokes and brussel sprouts...which are the only veggies that I am just disserested in).

But I can say that the produce section is filled with many interesting things and it would be easier if I could go shopping with someone who could tell me what these things are and give me tips on how to cook them. That's one of the reasons why I am not a fan of artichokes. I thought cooking it was easier and I took it home not knowing what to expect.

Maybe I will (or maybe someone else) can write in their blog about unusual out of the ordinary produce and whole grains with tips on cooking them.

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Report, 4/27/08:

Not so good. I've increased my water to an average of five cups per day, but that's still far short of where I want to be.

I'm having more trouble than I expected on the second goal, trying a new grain, veg or fruit. That might be because I already have such a wide variety of whole foods in my kitchen. Also, since creating the goal I haven't been shopping. I'll keep trying.


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Hi!

Some of you may have noticed some new goals on your SparkPoints Other Goals Page. I have created two team goals.

The first, drink 8 glasses of water per day, is really directed at myself. I've really fallen down on this one. I'm working my way back, but choosing it as a team goal helps me feel even more accountable.

The second is specific to our team: Try one new (whole) grain, vegetable or fruit per week. I believe that one of the obstacles we face when changing our way of eating is familiarity. When we feel tired, or rushed, or stressed, it's just easier to go with something familiar, both because of emotional associations and because we don't have to think much to prepare it.

If we consciously work to expand our food universe we may discover new foods that we enjoy, and we will become more familiar with them. They will become as easy to prepare as the old standbys, enabling us to make healthier choices in the future when life presses in on us.

I hope these challenges help the rest of you as much as I anticipate their helping me.

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