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1/17/13 7:58 A

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I read this yesterday - it is a very interesting and troublesome topic that I had not considered! I buy my quinoa from "Oxfam" which guarantees fair trade wages, but I had not thought about increased external demand driving up the prices!!!!! I'm not sure how to process/deal with this. On one hand I love quinoa and it is healthy for me. On the other hand, is it important enough for me to steal it from people who need good nutrition? No. I wonder if it can be grown locally?

This reminds me about how US farm subsidies helped ruin the economy of Haiti - because it was cheaper to import rice from the US than to buy it local, so it put rice farmers out of work. The opposite problem, but still related.

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1/16/13 6:55 P

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Oh no - just when I was on such a quinoa kick, some bad news about quinoa:

www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/201
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jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-trR>uth-quinoa


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1/15/13 2:42 P

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Hey how'd I miss this thread! I am on such a quinoa kick recently. It's so healthy for you, and I love having it for breakfast.

I cook up a batch on Sunday, and it keeps for breakfasts at least until Wednesday.

I like to mix it up with yogurt (soy or almond yogurt, actually), berries, sometimes a bit of maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Thanks for the tip re. really scrubbing it before cooking -- I usually rinse it a few times but that bitter taste is sometimes still there, faintly.

I also like quinoa with savory meals, or mixed in salads. Mmmmm, it's so good!

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1/4/13 8:27 A

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Awesome thanks for the tips and recipes Kelly! I'm going to add quinoa into some meal this week and see how it goes! That's interesting about the rinsing--I'll let you know what I find out! (Look at this accountability lol)

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KELLY122581's Photo KELLY122581 Posts: 614
1/4/13 3:40 A

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Two quinoa breakfast ideas:
www.101cookbooks.com/archives/warm-a
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-nutty-cinnamon-quinoa-recipe.html
(this is the one I was talking about - I substitute maple syrup for agave, and only use a drizzling, and I increase the cinnamon)

www.runnersworld.com/recipes/start-d
ay
-blueberry-quinoa-oatmeal


Warm quinoa salad:
www.runnersworld.com/recipes/top-che
f-
worthy-warm-quinoa-salad

I'm vegan so I sub vegetable bullion

Big list of healthy quinoa recipes:
www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quic
k-
recipes/dinner/healthy-quinoa-recipes/


If you guys try any, stop back and let me know what you think :-) Hey, I just read somewhere that quinoa sold in the US is pre-rinsed (not the case here in Belgium) so you might get away with just one quick rinsing.... if the water gets really cloudy, you know that is is unrinsed and you need to rinse more.

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1/3/13 9:03 P

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Ok breakfast at your house! (LOL) YUM! I too have never tried it but it doesn't sound so scary now. Time to try new things this year.
The article was very good. I have made it resoultion to eat more veggies but I aslo have been trying to think of more creative ways to get more fiber so thanks.
Sarah

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KELLY122581's Photo KELLY122581 Posts: 614
1/3/13 8:50 A

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Oh do I eat quinoa? Is the sky blue? lol. You came to the right place! I eat it all the time, and love it. In fact I had it for lunch today :-)

It is way easier/faster to cook than whole grain rice and packed with protein. 1/4 cup dry will swell to 3/4 of a cup cooked and is only 180 calories and 6 grams of high quality protein.

I usually eat it in salad. Today I had a dark green leafy salad with red onions, avocado, tomatos and shredded carrots topped with a serving of quinoa and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. delicious. You can also boil it with bullion for flavor and put it in place of rice or couscous in any other dish you want. Like rice or couscous, it has a very mild flavor itself, so it fits in anywhere other grains would. It has a slightly warm, nutty flavor, so I actually like it more than rice even.

As for cooking advice, the only thing to keep in mind is that the grains need to be very well rinsed (scrubbed, actually) in order to remove a coating on them that is bitter. I didn't do this the first half dozen times I tried it, and hated it because of the bitterness (but kept trying to love it...). Wish there were instructions for that on the package - I think it is some kind of quinoa club conspiracy to not let outsiders in on the secrets. lol.

Anyway - to rinse it, I put the dry grains in a large mixing bowl (or even in the pot you will cook it in - never thought of that until this second. lol!), and with (clean) bare hands, reach in and scrub the grains between your palms - almost like you are using a sugar scrub on your hands. Be vigorous. The water will get cloudy as the coating comes off. Once the water is good and cloudy I pour that water off and do it again with clean water. I typically rinse them 2-3 times like this and then dump them into the pan to cook.

Rinsing takes 2-3 minutes and cooking takes 15 minutes.

My partner makes an awesome breakfast porridge with quinoa, blackberries, almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup. I'll try to find that recipe and get back to you.

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1/3/13 8:31 A

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Great article! Thanks for posting... I've been thinking of trying quinoa for some time now, have you ever tried it? Any recipe suggestions? Thanks! :)

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1/3/13 5:26 A

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www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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How to reach your goals eating more, not less!

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