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1/26/12 7:04 P

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I love, and prefer quinoa to rice because of the higher protein value.

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1/7/12 6:35 P

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BOATSWIFE05: Quinoa isn't something you just eat alone. Think of it like rice...white rice with nothing on it is mushy and has no taste too!

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1/7/12 6:34 P

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I work in the Andes and it used to be that one couldn't find quinoa anywhere in the US or UK. I used to come back from Ecuador or Bolivia with my suitcase filled with bags of quinoa and I am quite happy that I need not do that anymore.

For those of you who are having trouble cooking it, by the far the best, most authentic tasting quinoa I have been able to produce has been with a pressure cooker. It is light, fluffy, and exactly how it tastes in the highlands.

Another thing to try is quinoa muffins and cookies. I know that sounds like sort of a westernization of quinoa but nope: I've been munching quinoa cookies in Bolivia for years. There are some workable recipes for them out there on the internet. The other place you normally see quinoa in the Andes (other than in every soup ever) is in granola or cereal mixes. Puffed quinoa is just a standard thing in your breakfast cereal down there. Give it a go!

As an aside, if you can, try to buy fair trade quinoa FROM Bolivia...there are some brands that even have their boxes assembled in Bolivia too. Bolivia is an amazing place and the second/third poorest country in the western hemisphere. Give back to the people who domesticated quinoa.

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1/7/12 12:04 P

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We have only had it a few times. I am definitely going to add it to my pantry.

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1/6/12 1:23 P

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I've tried making quinoa several times and have still not mastered it. It had no flavor and was mushy. We ended up throwing it out.

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12/11/11 7:03 A

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Quinoa is very versatile and I am glad I tried it.

MRS1221 - Enjoy Quinona 365. I have it and have made a few recipes from it. It has also circulated it's way through my office at work

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Juzdance, glad you liked it!

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12/9/11 4:43 P

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I received that book (Quinoa 365) yesterday from amazon.com and it looks amazing!

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Thanks for the tip Loritot. I had quinoa with almond milk, honey, and cinnamon for lunch..yumm.

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12/9/11 7:53 A

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I like quinoa and love how good it is for the body. I sure don't use it enough but that is going to change soon!

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12/8/11 10:01 P

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I love quinoa also! I can't eat gluten so this is a great sub for couscous. I like it combined with roasted veggies, feta cheese and stuffed in winter squash.. I use leftovers in the morning, warmed with almond milk, raisins, cinnamon and a little honey. Yum.

II have the Quinoa 365 cook book also, can't wait to try the Ginger Edamame Quinoa and the Spanikopita Frittatta.

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I don't "love" it but it's ok. I eat it cuz it's good for me. I mostly throw it in soups etc.

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12/8/11 8:20 A

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I LOVE quinoa!
One of my favorite ways to eat it is to sauté some veggies - onion, jalapeños, tomatoes, etc and then add it in to the cooked quinoa. YUM!
I haven't tried the red but have heard it is even better. I have some in my pantry.


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For lunch I'll make quinoa with chicken broth, mixed veggies, grilled chicken and gorgonzola cheese. Sooo delicious!

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I mix the white one in pudding for the kids. We eat it for desert. It taste just like rice pudding,the kids don't know the difference.

I love it because it fills my hunger cravings.

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12/7/11 10:56 P

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How many of you eat Quinoa?

I tried it recently and fell in love with this small, but mighty food. It's actually a seed and not a grain as most people would assume. It's also a "Complete" Protein meaning is contains adequate amounts of all 9 essential amino acids. It's high in fiber, has complex carbs, healthy fats, as well as protein. It cooks much like rice does but has a bit more texture/chewiness.

I recently ordered a book called "Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood" from amazon.com and it should be here any day now. I am finding this is a very versatile little seed and I just love eating it. Most brands only contain about 3 grams of fiber per servings, but I found a brand called "Rhodes" that has 11 grams per servings. It's processed differently allowing it to retain most of it's natural fiber. in just 1/4 cup (1/2 cup cooked), you can get almost half of your daily fiber without supplements, fillers, and additives, making it a very clean and healthy choice.

If you haven't tried Quinoa yet, do so! It comes in White, Red, and Black, and tastes amazing cooked with fresh garlic and chicken stock. Throw in some veggies, lean protein, and vinegar after it's been cooked and you have a filling, fibrous, and highly nutrition meal that will help power you through the toughest of days!

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