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June 21, 2012 10:54 PM
June 22, 2012 3:07 AM
My favorite Quinoa recipe from Dr. McDougal's recipes. I think you will be very pleased with this recipe, it should also give you a good launching point to create your own flavors. Such as Mexican Quinoa, Greek Quinoa etc....

Serves 4
Quinoa is paired with in‐season apples and sweet and pungent spices for an easy salad. You can use local
heirloom apples or use what you can get. A great introduction to quinoa.

1 cup diced onion
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained [only if your brand is not already pre-washed]
1‐2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ cup broth or water
2 apples (1 chopped, 1 reserved for later) [I sue only 1 apple]
3 tablespoons dried tart cherries
¾ cup apple juice
3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
Chopped Italian parsley or cilantro, for garnish

Add the onion to the 4 qt stock pot and sauté in a little water for a few minutes or until onion is soft; the water will evaporate.
Add the quinoa and cook until toasty.
Add the curry powder, cumin and cardamom and toast for 30 seconds.
Add the broth, 1 chopped apple, cherries and apple juice.
Cover and bring to boil over medium high heat.
Lower the heat to maintain simmer soft boil for 15
Shut off heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
Chop the remaining apple.
Remove the lid from the pot and fluff the quinoa, adding the reserved chopped apple and almonds.
Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro.
Serve hot, warm, room temperature or chilled.
June 22, 2012 3:42 AM
cooked in water with "italian blend" seasonings then mixed with zuchinni tomatoes and bell peppers
so simple but it makes me so happy
June 22, 2012 6:39 AM
BUMP!!!! I just bought some quinoa!!!
June 25, 2012 7:40 PM
June 25, 2012 8:10 PM
June 25, 2012 10:40 PM
Both of these are damn delicious.
Edited by mnowens On June 25, 2012 10:42 PM
June 25, 2012 10:56 PM
June 26, 2012 4:57 AM
Cooked in chicken broth, then add a LOT of garlic powder and salt, or if you have fresh garlic green onions and salt it is even better.
June 26, 2012 5:00 AM
Bump! Quinoa is soooooo delish. A vegetarian restaurant in the next town makes a quinoa to "die for". I too have my first package and am watching this thread with interest!

June 26, 2012 10:18 AM
June 26, 2012 10:32 AM
I have never bought Quinoa. Where is the best place to buy it in the Midwest?
June 26, 2012 11:06 AM
mmmm need to save for later. smile
June 26, 2012 1:29 PM
Add to 2 cups quinoa (after cooking)
Finely chop 1 bunch of cilantro, 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic
Cube 3-4 roma tomatoes, 2 small avocados
Combine everything and sprinkle with lime juice-- its good hot or cold too.

I've also found (by mistake) that the chopped and cubed stuff is amazing on cooked portabello mushrooms.
Hope this helps :)
June 26, 2012 9:58 PM
Bump for these awesome recipes!
June 26, 2012 10:06 PM
June 26, 2012 10:07 PM
June 26, 2012 10:14 PM
Have been useing it like rice, some of these other recipes look great
June 26, 2012 10:16 PM
I make this really yummy curried quinoa salad!

Recipe (makes one serving):

1/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp madras curry powder
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 TBSP chopped walnuts
1 TBSP raisins
1/2 orange, diced
1/2 apple, diced
1/4 cup chopped strawberries
Mixed greens

Put quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add in cumin, curry powder and lemon juice. Cover and reduce heat to low for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn heat off and let sit for 15 minutes WITHOUT taking the lid off.
While the quinoa is cooking, cut up fruit and nuts.
Serve your salad on top of the mixed greens.
Lately I've been packing salads for lunch in a jar. Put your heaviest ingredients in the bottom (ie. nuts and raisins), then things like vegetables and fruit, then grain, and then lettuce on top. When you dump your salad onto a plate, it comes out perfectly :)

This is the best quinoa recipe I've come up with so far!
June 26, 2012 10:18 PM
June 26, 2012 10:20 PM
This is my absolute favorite. Even my 2 and 5 year old boys demolish it. I only use one T of oil and I double the lemon juice. I've been known to add extra veggies and top with feta too. I save myself some time by using my food processor to chop the parsley, since I'm already using it for the carrot shredding.

I throw quinoa into chili or soup too.
June 27, 2012 12:11 AM
bump..for later
June 27, 2012 1:09 AM
June 27, 2012 7:15 AM
Mmmm, so many great ideas. Bump to save for later...thanks!
June 27, 2012 7:20 AM
I made our favorite pasta dish with quinoa. Muy yummy! You can also make it with pasta. I use Tinkyata brown rice pasta and the boys gobble it up.
4T olive oil
1.5 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves. (I use more)
2 large red bell peppers seeded and chopped
1/4 cup almonds
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 or 2 pinches cayenne (optional).
4 cups broccoli steamed to desired softness
1 cup quinoa uncooked. Or one pound penne pasta.
1/3 cup grated parmesan (use the real Italian parm regg. If you can.).
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil ( I use less)

Heat 2 T olive oil and saute onions and garlic then add peppers and saute until soft. Add cayenne.

In a food process chop the almonds very fine. Add the veggies, vinegar, 2T olive oil, salt, pepper, and half the cheese and puree.

Cook the one cup of quinoa in 2 cups or chicken broth as described on box. (Or cook pasta)

Mix quinoa with sauce, steamed broccoli, remainder of parmesan, and basil.

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