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6/19/12 11:23 A

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Quinoa is one of favorite new foods. Our brand is Organic Nature's Earthly Choice. I found two pound bags of it at our big box store (like Costco) for $4.99. The little boxes in Walmart or other groceries are way too expensive for our budget. Even though my bag doesn't specify to rinse I do it anyway but just for a minute or so and have never had a problem with it being bitter. I think it's mostly bland with a slight nutty flavor. I cook a batch almost weekly and use it all kinds of things from salads of various sorts to patties, wraps and casseroles. It keeps for about a week in the fridge which also makes it really convenient for easy protein boosts.

I can post a few links to some of our favorite Quinoa recipes if you'd like.

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6/19/12 9:27 A

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Did you get pre-rinsed quinoa? Quinoa has a bitter coating you have to remove with soaking for hours, and rinsing with clean water. If it tasted bitter you just need to rinse more. I don't eat much quinoa it is expensive and a pain. I eat brown rice or barley most of the time.

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6/19/12 9:00 A

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yup, this stuff is completely unflavored.and no msg. thanks for pointing that out because i am incompatible with msg. i bought it in bulk and i just want to experiment with new things, like quinoa. sorry but so far quinoa is awful!

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6/19/12 8:46 A

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TVP just means textured vegetable protein and can be made from just about any vegetable protein source even cotton seeds. You have to read the labels. Most TVP sold for human consumption is made from 100% soy, so if you have a food allergy to soy you should not eat it. Soy is so cheap that most processed food in the US has it as an extender, even bread and ice cream. TVP is a highly processed food just like tofu is. If you buy the flavored, colored, pre-hydrated TVP it will have all kinds of chemicals and even beef or chicken broth. Or you can buy the dried unflavored type that only has one ingredient, soy flour. Bob's Red Mill is a good choice.

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6/18/12 11:39 P

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6/18/12 11:03 P

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interesting... what are some symptoms of not tolerating tvp?

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6/18/12 10:55 P

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When you serve it, just remember that not everyone's bodies can tolerate it. emoticon

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6/18/12 3:16 P

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I love it and use it for ANYTHING ground beef is used for. I even put it in WITH ground beef so my family doesn't notice too much. (if it's the same thing Im thinking of...)

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6/18/12 8:59 A

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TVP is the meat substitute I use the most. You have named the three way I use it the most but you can use it anyplace you would normally use hamburger meat. Sloppy joes, lasagna, pizza topping, or in a soup. I pull out the old iron skillet add a little olive oil and diced onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté until done and then add the water, TVP, and the remaining spices. Simmer and stir until all the water is gone.

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6/17/12 8:47 P

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hi, i'm new to alternative sources of meat and i have discovered tvp. can anyone tell me some good ideas for using it. all that comes to mind is in spaghetti sauce, chili and taco filling.
what is the best way of reconstituting it?
what is the best way of getting the spices and herbs into it?
thanks
b

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