Saturday, June 2, 2012

16 ways to use quinoa

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) grains contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  Quinoa grains are in general cooked the same way as rice and can be used in a wide range of dishes. According to Wikipedia:
The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as chisaya mama or 'mother of all grains', and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using 'golden implements'.  2013 has been declared UN International Year of Quinoa.
I think it tastes pretty good. It has an earthy flavour, similar to rice I guess but not as 'glutinous' as rice and is really quite light to eat, similar to cous cous. I cook it similar to rice. Just add 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of liquid and boil until liquid is absorbed. To add extra flavour, I usually cook it in stock, not just water. Here are some tasty recipes I'm dying to try. There are way more recipes online.



Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

30 comments:

  1. Amazing recipes! I just bought a bag of Quinoa. Wondering what to make. I usually grind it up with my wheat for bread. Know I have a few new recipes to try. Thanks!
    Adrienne
    www.freetimefrolics.blogspot.com

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  2. My mother and I have just started eating quinoa, and this gives some great ideas, thankyou!

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  3. Clever, clever lady! I NEED this post. I have tried quinoa a little similar to how I would do cous cous, and have also tried making quinoa porridge. They turned out ok, but not awesome. I haven't been rushing to make it again. I have some left over and these recipes are perfect inspiration.

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  4. We love quinoa, and you picked up some wonderful recipes
    Thanks!!

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  5. I have been all over quinoa for about 10 years now. It was popular in the UK when I was living there. It is such a great food, I throw a few tablespoons in with rice, soup, casseroles, anything really. I made a slice with quinoa flakes today which turned out really great (though I think oats would have been nicer). I need to have a go at making some porridge out of them. I love gnocchi, I might have to give that recipe a go. Hope you are having a good week. xx

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  6. With quinoa being gluten free, it has become a new staple in our house, and I am always glad to have new ideas for its use...thanks.

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  7. YUM! This is such a great post!

    I have some Quinoa in my cupboard and have been wondering what to make with it. I will def be trying the burgers....

    A friend at work has it with yoghurt and berries for breakfast... Sounds nice, might try that too!

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  8. These all look great, thanks for posting all these ideas! I love quinoa, and try to come up with new ways to use it, so I loved your post! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'm so flattered my Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites made the list! I am completely in love with quinoa. :-) Thanks for the other recipe ideas!

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  10. My 4 year old looooooves her puffed Quinoa and yoghurt for her breakfast , she says it tastes like popcorn :o)

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  11. I love quinoa with cranraisins walnuts and vanilla soy or almond milk for breakfast. Make it the beginning of the week by boiling in half water half vanilla milk of choice then heat up some every morning with a tad more milk!

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  12. I have never tried Quinoa before but I am planning to try some of these recipes, they look and sound so yummy...thank you!

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  13. I toast it before i boil it ... That definetly brings out its nutty flavor!

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  14. I toast it before i boil it ... That definetly brings out its nutty flavor!

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  15. I tried Quinoa Taboulleh on the weekend. I loved it. Just use the cooked Quinoa in place of cracked wheat, add loads of parsley, shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and finely chopped tomato.

    It was yummy, and very healthy.

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  16. Thanks for all the recipes. I pinned them to try later. Here's our favorite one: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/07/southwest-quinoa-salad.html

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  17. I'm trying to get to the recipes , but all it does is take me to pinterest and shows the same picture.

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    1. Keith, from the Pinterest page click on the picture and it should take you to the recipe.

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  18. I make the second quinoa burgers all the time! They're delicious and easy. I vary the spices and/or veggies in them sometimes. Yum yum yum!

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  19. Thank you for this! I'm allergic to gluten, and since Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, these recipes are great. Thank you!

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  20. Great post! These recipes are fantastic! Thank you!

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  21. wonderful,I was looking for new recipes with quinoa and those look delicious. Thanks

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  22. The first time I tried it like oatmeal. But I didn't care for the "raw" taste. The next time I roasted the grain and then boiled it. Much more flavorful. I've added it to my homemade granola and boiled it with rice. Now I have some new ideas to 5

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  23. Love the recipes, can't wait to try them! I just discovered Quinoa and I'm in love with it! I made it with my chicken piccata dish and it was incredible! http://bargainhoundblog.com/recipe-chicken-piccata-with-quinoa-in-the-ninja-3-in-1-cooker

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  24. I'd love to see the recipe for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites but I don't have a Pinterest account and would prefer to keep it that way. I tried searching your blog, but my IE9 is messed up and nothing happens when I click search. Help!

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  25. http://www.soveryblessed.com/2012/02/buffalo-chicken-quinoa-bites.html

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  26. Oh wow some yummy looking recipes that will help my family get healthy and lose weight!! They all look great to eat and I know most will be on my shopping list!

    http://fatmummy2fabmummy.blogspot.com.au/

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  27. Wow! Just found you through pinterest. Can't wait to make all of these recipes. Thank you and God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Thank you for these! We love quinoa in place of rice for stir fry. Ginger root,garlic,onion, any veggies : broc, carrot, zucchini,mushroom, top with cooked egg, scallions and sriracha.

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  29. Thank you for these! We love quinoa in place of rice for stir fry. Ginger root,garlic,onion, any veggies : broc, carrot, zucchini,mushroom, top with cooked egg, scallions and sriracha.

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