Quinoa recipes?

Bethanie - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Quinoa is a new addition to my son's diet. Found it in flake form at a local health foods store and he loves it (I have also found it in pasta form to try). I've only given it to him in cereal form for breakfast so far. Would like to try it in whole forms. Anyone have any really good recipes for preparing it? Ways to flavor it or putting it into other dishes? I would like my husband and I to enjoy this super healthy food as well! Thanks for any suggestions!

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Whitney - posted on 03/10/2010

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Quinoa with Corn and Black Beans
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 onion, chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
• ¾ cup uncooked quinoa (I like to use red quinoa here, for the colour contrast)
• 1 ½ water
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup corn kernels (frozen is fine)
• 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained\
1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and sauté until lightly browned.
2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.
**We like to eat this as a tortilla filling and top with salsa! Yummy!
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Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
• 1 cup quinoa
• salt
• 1 ¾ cups water
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
• 1 tomato, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 3 tablespoons lime juice
• 4 teaspoons olive oil (or less)
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
• ½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1. Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, and rinse under cold, running water until the water no longer foams. Bring the quinoa, salt, and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
2. Once done, stir in the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice, and olive oil. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley to serve.

I have a lot more recipes for quinoa...but be creative with it. :) I love to experiment with flavours. :)

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If you use straight quinoa (rather than flaked or pasta) you can just cook it like rice and use as an alternative to rice.



When my little boy was between about 8 months and a year (ie on fairly soft food) I would mix cooked quinoa with some mashed avocado, some tinned tuna, and maybe some finely diced tomato or a squeeze of lemon, for a super healthy lunch that he loved.



The other day I made a sort of pilaf with quinoa. I fried some diced onion, added some finely diced carrot and celery, then added 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup stock. Cooked slowly for about 10 mins then added some brocolli and continued cooking. When all the water had evaporated I added some cooked peas and corn. Mixed it all up and it was yummy. We ate it as a side dish with some chicken.



Of course you could use any veg that took your fancy, that just happened to be what I had in the house!

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Bethanie - posted on 03/14/2010

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Thanks, Whitney for more great ideas! They sound yummy! We tried Quinoa (as a family) the other night for dinner and it was good! Even my husband liked it. I made a variation of Annelies Pilaf. I cooked Quinoa according to package directions in some Organic All Natural Vegetable broth. Roasted some asparagus spears and onion slices in the oven at about 375-400 for about 25 mins after tossing them with some olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Once cooked through and slightly carmelized, just cut the asparagus up and added to the quinoa, drizzled some olive oil on it, added some salt and pepper and tossed it all together--it was so GOOD! :)

Leanne - posted on 03/09/2010

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We love it! Annelies recipe is like mine, but I add mushrooms & spinach to. I boil it for 10 min, strain, add 2 cups of hot water back in the pot and steam it for 8 more min. It comes out perfect:) I also saute my veggies with Olive oil 1st:) I think I will make some for lunch!

Mary - posted on 03/07/2010

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We love quinoa, and it is a staple at our house. It is one of the few vegetarian foods that is a complete protein. I just found a red variety so I mix the red with white rice, and eat it like rice. Any fresh veggies and herbs are good. I make a dish similar to Annelies.

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I didn't have enough rice for a dish this evening so I added quinoa. It didn't soak up the juices as quickly as rice. Just FYI. But it turned out pretty good. I love quinoa and will try your ideas!

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Ya, we just use it as an alternative to rice! My mother introduced it to me about a year ago and we love it!



Annelies.....the pilaf sounds great! I'm gonna try it too!

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