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.
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.
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.
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!
Edited by: MRS1221 at: 12/7/2011 (22:57)
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