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First quinoa experience

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My stepmother's doctor told her to take in a lot of protein (vegetarian) and someone told her to try quinoa. I had heard of it, but had never made it so I tried to make it as flavorful as possible for my first time. Here's what I did:

Sautee some garlic and onion together until translucent, add 2 handfuls of chopped walnuts and cook until fragrant, stirring often. Add quinoa and the appropriate amount of vegetable broth. Cover and cook until ring around quinoa forms. Remove from heat and fluff.

The recipe was kind of off the top of my head, she's supposed to take in a lot of walnuts in this strange little diet thing and she's now able to eat garlic, after a month without.

The problem was, it lacked flavor. It just didn't really taste like anything. I wasn't too fond of it, I'm extremely sensitive to textures and that texture just did not work.

What did I do wrong? What could I add or remove for next time? :(

Thank you guys, I look forward to your advice.
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post #2 of 10
Quinoa usually needs to be rinsed a couple of times before cooking. Some quinoa comes ready to use, you would need to ask the place where you bought it if the package doesn't say. Quinoa comes from South America where the Indians used it as a grain. It is not a grain, but a seed. Treat it as you would rice. If you didn't like the texture, you may have over cooked it. Look for South American or American Indian recipes. There are several web sites that have recipes for Quinoa.
post #3 of 10
Go on line to Quinoa Corp.com It will give you background and different recipes for this grain.
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post #4 of 10
FWIW, Greyeaglem, most quinoa sold at the retail level, nowadays, is prewashed. Thank goodness, cuz one thing I disliked was those multiple washes we had to give it, rubbing between the fingers, in the old days.
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post #5 of 10
Salt, pepper, a fruity olive oil, and green onion or chive.

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post #6 of 10
youtube "how to cook quinoa"

also click here----> www.quinoa-cookbook.com
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post #7 of 10
Here' s the Quinoa Salad recipe we use in our restaurant:


first cook the quinoa like rice, adding a little salt at the end. let cool and then fluff a bit

for 5 cups of uncooked quinoa we add:

Two red bell peppers, small dice
one red onion, small dice
1 English cucumber, small diced
1 bunch of Cilantro finely chopped
A good sized handfull of Craisins
A good sized handful of Spinach
juice of half a lemon blended with about 3-5oz of oil (any)
salt and pepper
toss well, serve cold

tastes yummy

cranberries can start to stain the blond quinoa after a day or so which is why i prefer the red quinoa. I also think it has a slightly deeper flavor then the blond
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post #8 of 10
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Thank you so much guys! I've forwarded it to my stepmom. It wasn't the washing issue, I cehcked very carefully and it was prewashed and ready for use.

I'm ready for my next attempt now.:bounce:
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post #9 of 10
I make it about once a week. I rinse it really well as instructed on the package (arrowhead mills) I do it "risotto" style, and we both like it. I add whatever to it, sausage, chorizo, etc.



I use chicken stock usually, homemade.
post #10 of 10
YouTube - Pressure Cooker Quinoa with The Veggie Queen <---click here to see video
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