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I have just discovered the wonders of quinoa! Now I need a way to cook it besides just boiling it and eating it plain. My sister who does NT eats hers with maple syrup and cinnamon because it reminds her of when we were little and ate white rice with milk, sugar, and cinnamon (real healthy huh?).

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I add it to my chili instead of rice.

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After soaking it overnight, I add garlic and onion and simmer it in chicken stock for 30 minutes. Then I add nutritional yeast and raw cashews, sometimes chickpeas, too. Oh goodness, this is my favorite concoction!!! I even make it for potlucks and dinner parties, and it's always a hit!
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After soaking it overnight, I add garlic and onion and simmer it in chicken stock for 30 minutes. Then I add nutritional yeast and raw cashews, sometimes chickpeas, too. Oh goodness, this is my favorite concoction!!! I even make it for potlucks and dinner parties, and it's always a hit!
That sounds yummy.

I use quinoa instead of rice often. So if I cook vegetables indian style, intsaed of serving them on rice, I serve them on quinoa. It took me a while to get used to this but now it's not an issue. I use buckwheat like this too. Though, buckwhat is strongly associated with pancakes for me so it was hard to get used to it being savory.
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i soak it overnight, then cook it in broth.
i cook some lentils or any other legume.
sautee some in season veggies.
mix the quinoa/lentils + veggies + some cheese.
add a couple of beaten eggs.
put it in the oven until the egg cooks.
sometimes i put mashed potatoes on top
hmmmmm!
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yummy! I ended up using it tonight in place of rice underneath some grilled pork with an apple and broth reduction on top. I liked it better than the rice! Thanks for the other ideas, I'll have to try them out this week.

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I use it instead of couscous in a Mediterranean type salad. Plain ol' cooked quinoa, with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, then a dressing with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Oh and crumbled feta cheese to top! That's the best part : It's yummy warm or cold.

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We love baked chicken pieces on a bed of quinoa, sliced onions, and you could probably add lentils. Place chicken on top, drizzle with Olive oil, salt and pepper, add broth (2C?) and bake until chicken is done This is one of our easy dinners that takes no time to prepare.

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I sprout mine, then cook it in the crockpot steel-cut-oats-style. I eat it in the morning with blueberries and butter. Super yummy. :

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I use the tsampa or traditional Tibetan barley method on quinoa and it works great. That is - I soak the quinoa overnight, then toast it in a dry pan. It goes through a couple of color changes before turning a golden brown. I either eat it as a snack as is, or grind it into quinoa flour. As is, it tastes sweet and crunchy, kind of like those puffy, super-sweetened box cereals, only it's real food.
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This is my FAVORITE recipe for quinoa, best in summer with fresh corn:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...nd-Mint-235480

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I cook it with milk and a handful each of grated carrot, apple & coconut then stir in a little vanilla. It's good hot with butter & milk, or coconut milk, and yummy chilled too.

We also use it in grain salads, our favorite is tomato/basil/balsamic.
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I saute onions in the pot I'll cook the quinoa in. then I take quinoa and some dried fruit (raisins, currents, etc), and cook them in broth (with the onions and their fat). while that is going I toast pine nuts, and when its done, toss those in. Add some salt and pepper. Its super yummy. can't wait to come back and read all these other ways to make it.

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I make quinoa taboule, it's better then traditional taboule in my opinion. Just add tomato, cucumbers, fresh parsley, fresh mint, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt&pepper to cooked and cooled quinoa. YUMMY!!! I love the other ways people have cooked w/it too. I would have never thought to use it as a hot breakfast cereal. YUM!:

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You can make a really delicious pilaf with a mixture of half quinoa, half millet. I usually find millet to be kind of nasty, and quinoa just so-so, but it turns out that the flavors of the two grains balance each other very well.

This recipe uses a saucepan, but I've always made mine in an electric steamer. In any case, the basic directions are simple: use twice as much liquid as grain, and cook it for 35-40 minutes (this is for unsoaked grains; soaked would likely be quicker). Of course, you can use different cooking liquids, seasonings, vegetables, fruits, and nuts to suit your taste.
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I'm thinking I'd like to come over and eat at your houses! Every.single.thing sounds SOOO good! Thanks for posting, because I have a ton of quinoa that I never know what to do with.
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This is my FAVORITE recipe for quinoa, best in summer with fresh corn:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...nd-Mint-235480
P.S. Their cooking method seems more complicated, but I actually prefer it so I don't have to worry about the ratio of water to quinoa if I have an odd amount (and the right cooking time as a result), or whether it's going to cook to the pan if I forget about it.

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I put some in a pot of chicken soup the other day and last night I used the rest up in place of bread crumbs in a baked salmon loaf.

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