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3/12/14 6:31 P

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My Quinoa came out too mushy.... I have tried three times and cannot seem to get a good consistancy.. any tips,hints or ideas? TY

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2/23/14 6:59 A

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Thanks everyone!! I did not realize to rinse so often. I am going to try today!

The recipes look wonderful!! TY

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11/15/13 2:46 A

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I just bookmarked that recipe so I can try it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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11/14/13 8:30 P

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Rinsing is important, as others have mentioned.

I like to cook quinoa in vegetable stock. I find it a bit bland if I just cook it in water.


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11/14/13 7:41 P

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I'm happy to hear that :)

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11/14/13 5:40 P

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Finally got to making the Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili. Followed the recipe and I loved it! Will make again.


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11/2/13 4:51 P

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I've read that it should be well rinsed, it's probably because of the potential tummy troubles.

My favourite was to create a breakfast "cereal" from it, adding chopped apple, pumpkin pie type spices, and dried fruit (whatever took my fancy at the time I was cooking it).

Then I portioned it and froze it in containers, so I could just defrost it and reheat it for breakfast when desired. Good with yogurt, too.

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11/1/13 3:05 A

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I had no idea about the saponins - I like the taste of quinoa as it is and it doesn't give me any stomach trouble. Fascinating!

I use quinoa as a replacement for couscous, which is made from refined wheat flour everywhere I know to buy it. Quinoa has about the same size and consistency, and more protein. Yum.

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Actually, pretty much anywhere you'd use rice, you could use quinoa. How about in a cold salad, with lots of fresh veggies and a bright vinaigrette?

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Thanks again Bilby. I live in a cool climate so I will try a jar on it's side like I've seen pictures of. After I find non-GMO alfalfa or clover sprout seeds that is.

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I tried quinoa a few times and liked it but it bothered my stomach. I would guess you should rinse it or soak it like a dry bean nd then rinse it to get the saponins off.

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I've not had any success sprouting quinoa longer than a day. If you try to grow a long sprout it will go off. Quinoa seeds tend to have low germination rates in my experience. The problem therefore is that in any sprouting set up you have a limited number of seeds growing and a lot of seeds rotting. The longer you leave them the worse it gets.
After soaking a few hours and then rinsing I just leave the quinoa in a sieve. Room temperature, overnight, done.
I'm sure you can buy alfalfa and clover seeds online and sprout them yourself. Both of them like any free draining system you can come up with or buy: dome sprouter, self-draining trays, jar (only in cool climates), etc.
Cosmic, try whole green/brown lentils in a cane basket (with a fine enough weave so the seeds won't fall through). Soak seeds overnight, then drain and scatter in the basket. Mist with water morning and night for 3 or 4 days. Leave the basket at room temperature or a reasonably cool place out of direct sunlight. Black-eyed peas also work well with this method. Harvest sprouts by turning the basket over on a plate and tapping the bottom until the sprouts come loose.

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about sprouting, i've tried to do it multiple times, but my legumes always get moldy after the 2nd day of drying. Maybe it's because I don't have a proper jar, but still, i live in greece and there's still a lot of sunshine and i think that i'm doing the drying part right... what could i be doing wrong?

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Thanks for the sprouting advice Bilby. Do you use a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper or paper towels? Would they work as a substitute for alfalfa or clover sprouts? Those are getting really hard to find in the stores on a regular basis.

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I like it raw, sprouted.
Rinse (plenty of advice below), then strain the grains. Leave them for a day and they will have started growing. Ready to eat! I like quinoa folded into green pesto or a fresh pasta sauce.

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noshandnourish.com/content/rinse-you
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I read this article and realized that even if I bought the rinsed quinoa, it could still be rinsed more. And I started doing this type of rinsing instead of putting it in a colander and putting it under running water. It really makes a difference.

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to Cosmicwatcher.....this recipe looks fabulous and I have all the ingredients. Making it for dinner tonight. It is a perfect meal in a bowl. I'll post later to let you all know how it was.

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I use the tri-color quinoa from Trader Joe's. I rinse it under running water in a mesh colander for a minute or 2, cook it according to package directions, let it cool and mix it with diced or shredded veggies (celery, onion, carrot, red bell pepper, chopped baby or Italian kale, and nappa cabbage) and add Wildwood Zesty Garlic Aioli. That's the only way my DH will eat quinoa.

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I have tried washing, but maybe not enough. And thanks for recipe. Good vegan ideas are always appreciated if

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Do you wash it enough times before you use it? Quinoa needs to be thoroughly washed 2-3 times before cooking. check for exact directions online. OR, if you already do that, you may not like quinoa the way you eat it. Or you don't like quinoa at all.
Here's a recipe that makes me salivate every time I see it, though I haven't made it yet:

http://www.milkfreemom.com/vegan-quinoa-
sweet-potato-chili/

It's a vegan recipe, but you may like it anyway.

Let me know. :)

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I really want to like quinoa more, but I cannot seem to get past a background taste that's almost metallic.

Can anyone suggest a specific brand or cooking/pre-cooking methods to help?

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