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April 12, 2013 7:09 PM
Everytime I make quinoa it turns out bland and dry. I have tried using chicken broth instead of water but it tastes the same to me. I would really like to eat it more but it just doesn't taste very good to me. What can I add that won't make my calories go way up yet tastes good?
April 12, 2013 7:11 PM
Be sure you rinse it, because I find it bitter if you don't. Add spices or herbs like you would to rice or pasta. Add mire poix, which makes everything better.
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April 12, 2013 7:11 PM
I usually cook it with garlic and a little bit of onion. Have fun with the garlic - I eat raw garlic, so as you can imagine I like to go overboard. Stock is a good idea as well! It honestly depends on your taste buds though, if you're used to really salty processed foods then I can imagine quinoa is a bit boring.

Remember not to have it by itself though! I have it as a rice replacement :)
April 12, 2013 7:11 PM
bump! I have the same problem!
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April 12, 2013 7:12 PM
try chopped red onions green peppers ground turkey, chicken or beef
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April 12, 2013 7:12 PM
QUOTE:

Be sure you rinse it, because I find it bitter if you don't. Add spices or herbs like you would to rice or pasta. Add mire poix, which makes everything better.


yes i forgot to mention this! I am sure to rinse mine really thoroughly, even rub it between my fingers to get the bitter bit from the surface. I then put it in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil and roast the quinoa until it starts popping - this is when you add water/stock and cook until fluffy :)
April 12, 2013 7:12 PM
I add a little knob of fresh ginger and I always cook mine in chicken stock
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April 12, 2013 7:13 PM
If you go on Pinterest and search "quinoa" you will find hundreds of tasty Recipies using quinoa.
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April 12, 2013 7:14 PM
I use some butter, cilantro and lime juice.
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April 12, 2013 7:14 PM
I love to eat for breakfast cook 1/4c Quinoa, 1/2c water, 1/2c Milk, 1 Apple, 2 T Walnut and 2t of cinnamon
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April 12, 2013 7:15 PM
One of my favorites is fresh lime juice and cilantro....................yum! You can actually use quina anyway you would use rice. After is cooked, stir fry it with various veggies and a bit of low sodium soy..................or just add tomatoes, onions, and franks..........or spinach, feta cheese, red onions................................the possibilities are endless.....................
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April 12, 2013 7:21 PM
I rinse mine thoroughly then I like to add a lot of cumin. That's all I use but then again I actually enjoy the taste of plain quinoa when cooked just right and fluffy. Another good one to add to anything is Mrs. Dash or a pre-made Mediterranean herb mix.
April 12, 2013 7:23 PM
Wow! Thanks for all your useful info!! :) I definitely rinse. Didn't the first time and I learned my lesson. I will have to experiment with spices a little more, I like things a little spicy. What is the difference between regular quinoa and the red quinoa? Is it just the color or is there a flavor difference?
April 12, 2013 7:37 PM
I like to cook it with butter and onion then walk it over to the bin and throw it out, awful stuff. j/k
April 12, 2013 8:09 PM
I'm lazy. I buy the pre-rinsed quinoa. :)

Lots of good ideas here. I just toast it a bit, cook in chicken broth, and add whatever herb sounds good. It's an awesome rice replacement. I haven't made it in awhile, so I guess it's time to revisit it!
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June 20, 2013 8:06 PM
Quinoa mixed with diced chicken breast, avocado oil, steamed spinach, raw garlic, fresh raw tomatoes, fresh squeezed lime juice and a sprinkle of Himalayan Pink sea salt. DELICIOUS!

Ancient Harvest Organic Traditional - Quinoa, 1/8 cup dry
Generic - Fresh Raw Garlic, 3 clove
Kirkland - Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, 1/4 tsp.
Great Value - Avocado, 0.33 medium
Chicken - Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted, 0.25 cup, chopped or diced
Generic - Fresh Squeezed Lime, 1 small
Windset Farms Grape Tomatoes (Costco - Grape Tomatoes, 100 grams

Makes a great complete meal especially if you add steamed spinach for close to 0 calories

Under 300 calories, 6 fiber, 17 protein, 28 carb






















285 30 6 17 28 0
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June 20, 2013 8:11 PM
My favorite way to eat quinia is with roasted veggies tossed with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And lots of garlic. If I'm preparing it for breakfast... its with agave and cinnamon.
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June 20, 2013 8:12 PM
Add it to homemade soups too...other than that I dont like it either!
June 20, 2013 8:13 PM
bump. going to try this. my sister loves it but I haven't aquired a taste yet. like the garlic idea. love garlic!
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June 20, 2013 8:14 PM
QUOTE:

Quinoa mixed with diced chicken breast, avocado oil, steamed spinach, raw garlic, fresh raw tomatoes, fresh squeezed lime juice and a sprinkle of Himalayan Pink sea salt. DELICIOUS!

Ancient Harvest Organic Traditional - Quinoa, 1/8 cup dry
Generic - Fresh Raw Garlic, 3 clove
Kirkland - Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, 1/4 tsp.
Great Value - Avocado, 0.33 medium
Chicken - Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted, 0.25 cup, chopped or diced
Generic - Fresh Squeezed Lime, 1 small
Windset Farms Grape Tomatoes (Costco - Grape Tomatoes, 100 grams


Makes a great complete meal especially if you add steamed spinach for close to 0 calories

Under 300 calories, 6 fiber, 17 protein, 28 carb

saving this!






















285 30 6 17 28 0
Edited by Kymmu On June 20, 2013 8:15 PM
June 20, 2013 8:16 PM
add nuts, honey and fruit too!
June 20, 2013 9:02 PM
Rinse it well for quite a while first-like 5-10 minutes, under a forceful stream of water. This helps get the weird little husk off, which tastes nasty. Then roast it in a pan or the same pot you're cooking it in for a few minutes until it starts to smell nutty. Stir it constantly so it doesn't burn. I find the roasting makes a huge difference with the flavour!
Then add the liquid to the pot- 2 parts liquid to 1 part quinoa. So I usually do one cup quinoa and 2 parts of water/broth, and then I have a buttload of leftovers :) Then add your salt, pepper, parsley, etc. Basically any herbs you like. I have found that you kind of have to add more seasonings than you would think, especially when just using water as the liquid, probably because the quinoa absorbs so much. Bring to a boil, reduce and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool and fluff with a fork. devour.
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June 20, 2013 9:04 PM
QUOTE:

Quinoa mixed with diced chicken breast, avocado oil, steamed spinach, raw garlic, fresh raw tomatoes, fresh squeezed lime juice and a sprinkle of Himalayan Pink sea salt. DELICIOUS!

Ancient Harvest Organic Traditional - Quinoa, 1/8 cup dry
Generic - Fresh Raw Garlic, 3 clove
Kirkland - Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, 1/4 tsp.
Great Value - Avocado, 0.33 medium
Chicken - Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted, 0.25 cup, chopped or diced
Generic - Fresh Squeezed Lime, 1 small
Windset Farms Grape Tomatoes (Costco - Grape Tomatoes, 100 grams

Makes a great complete meal especially if you add steamed spinach for close to 0 calories

Under 300 calories, 6 fiber, 17 protein, 28 carb

285 30 6 17 28 0


Oh yum!
Edited by emily_stew On June 20, 2013 9:04 PM
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June 20, 2013 9:07 PM
I believe a lot of companies flavor things with "natural flavors". Maybe you should try some of that?
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June 20, 2013 9:10 PM
OMG! I had quinoa (0.75 of a cup cooked) with 1.5 cups of steamed mix vegetables (zucchini, carrot and snow peas) and 1 drained 95G tin of Sirena Tuna mixed with 1 serving (2 tablespoons) of tomato pesto. It is delicious. Give it a go.
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