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    I just picked up some of this yesterday. It's expensive :O about $17/kg but it's organic. I didn't read anything about how to cook it and I'm not sure if it was pre-rinsed or not so I just cooked it without rinsing it. I guess I'll be OK but I'll be rinsing it off next time. It doesn't taste all that good but maybe it's an acquired taste.

    I read the saponins that may be on it can be mildly toxic so I'll have to make sure to rinse it off well next time.

    Do you need to soak it though? Wikipedia says you should soak it in water, dump the water and re-soak it or rinse it off with clean water to get rid of the saponins. Will that make it swell up at all?

    This stuff is incredibly dense carb wise. Carb content is 69g(6 fibre) per 100g.
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    See if you can join up in a local food co-op. Then you'll be able to buy it and other healthy foods in bulk at a much lower price. I'm getting mine this way through a guy that has a membership...only $1.25/lb. Can't beat that.

    I think it can be soaked but doesn't need to be. I've tried it w/ several recipes and it has always turned out really well. Try them out or google "quinoa recipes" and you'll find all sorts of good info.
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    That's a good idea. I found it at my grocery store for about $10/kg which is better. They are both organic so that could have something to do with the high price.
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    My experiment with honey and vanilla soy went over extremely well. If you got a real sweet tooth def give it a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Here in florida, most of the regular grocery stores sell it.. Publix + Sweetbay both do.
    I too live in FLA, although never tried this before..
    Beleive it or not--aside from the enormous STD rates-- south florida (particularly miami) is one of the healthiest regions in the USA!
    *Hence the SOBE diet..(gotta look good to live in mia ;p)

    Sorry for offtopic just kinda found that interesting how FLA sells this at publix and people in other regions have trouble finding it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    My experiment with honey and vanilla soy went over extremely well. If you got a real sweet tooth def give it a go.
    Can we get the specs of that recipe? Sounds like it could be a good alt. to the recipes I've seen thus far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightfly71 View Post
    Can we get the specs of that recipe? Sounds like it could be a good alt. to the recipes I've seen thus far.
    Yea I'll try to trace my steps.

    -Rinse the quinoa
    -Put 1 cup Quinoa with 2 cups water
    -Covered and put it in the microwave for 8 minutes
    -Took it out and stirred
    -Covered again and put it back in for another 7 minutes
    -Stirred in vanilla soy milk until saturated (looked like a bowl of cereal)
    -Then I stirred in about 3TBS of honey

    Since I was on a carb load I asn't concernd about anything carb wise but it was pretty sweet IMO. You could get away with a little less of both the soy milk and honey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    Yea I'll try to trace my steps.

    -Rinse the quinoa
    -Put 1 cup Quinoa with 2 cups water
    -Covered and put it in the microwave for 8 minutes
    -Took it out and stirred
    -Covered again and put it back in for another 7 minutes
    -Stirred in vanilla soy milk until saturated (looked like a bowl of cereal)
    -Then I stirred in about 3TBS of honey

    Since I was on a carb load I asn't concernd about anything carb wise but it was pretty sweet IMO. You could get away with a little less of both the soy milk and honey.
    Sounds good. Would you say like a cup of soymilk or what?
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    Probably a little less than a cup, maybe 3/4
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    any good recipes this wasn't as tasty as I thought it ws gonna be
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxmeman View Post
    it good recipes for thisw wasn't as tasty a I thought it ws gonna be
    huh?
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    I just bought mine at TJ's after reading this thread....

    I'm going to try one half cup of this stuff cooked, with a chopped up banana, blueberries, flaxseed oil, and chocolate whey protein...kind of a cereal.
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    I just realized its pronounced "keenwa"
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I just realized its pronounced "keenwa"
    I never knew either until I saw a pronounciation key on a package. You'd think it was like key-noah, from the spelling.

    On a side note, I saw a quinoa flour tonight in the health section of a local supermarket. I'm tempted to maybe pick some up and experiment w/ it. I might incorporate it into a healthy pizza crust recipe or maybe a pancake mix, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightfly71 View Post
    I never knew either until I saw a pronounciation key on a package. You'd think it was like key-noah, from the spelling.

    On a side note, I saw a quinoa flour tonight in the health section of a local supermarket. I'm tempted to maybe pick some up and experiment w/ it. I might incorporate it into a healthy pizza crust recipe or maybe a pancake mix, etc.
    I thought it was kwinoah like doctor quinnine.... the flour could be interesting, since it has that earthy taste. might make nice pancakes or waffles
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I just realized its pronounced "keenwa"
    haha yea I felt like an ass when I went in to the health food store and was looked at like i had no clue what I was talking about until I wrote it down and was corrected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    haha yea I felt like an ass when I went in to the health food store and was looked at like i had no clue what I was talking about until I wrote it down and was corrected.
    i pronouned it qui noah but the this hot chick in her late 20s failed to correct me but showed me exactly where it was!
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    This recipe looks incredible, if you could sub. splenda or the splenda baking blend for the sugar. It's got a lot of butter, but if you were buling, it might not matter. anyway, check it out. Someone make this and let us know. I'll prob. do it myself, soon.

    http://www.latartinegourmande.com/20...h-quinoa-cake/
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    Where does this range on the Glycimic Index?
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    damn, I should grind some of my raw quinoa into flour to try that. I wonder if the amaranth is a necessity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilGiant View Post
    Where does this range on the Glycimic Index?
    shows as 53, but who knows

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilGiant View Post
    Where does this range on the Glycimic Index?
    51 http://ginews.blogspot.com/2005/07/l...-of-month.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    damn, I should grind some of my raw quinoa into flour to try that. I wonder if the amaranth is a necessity.
    Amaranth is pretty good stuff, too, so I'd just pick up some of its flour and do it according to the recipe, but tweaking the sugar, as I mentioned. If i had the day off, I'd be tempted to make it today. I did send the recipe to the gf, though...lol.
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    I'm just not sure where the nearest hippie store is i'll have to look tonite at publix and see what they have. I have whole wheat whole grain flour here, I could use that i guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I'm just not sure where the nearest hippie store is i'll have to look tonite at publix and see what they have. I have whole wheat whole grain flour here, I could use that i guess.
    Check out if there's a health food section of the place. A lot of major chains now have very nice little health sections, stocked up w/ a lot of good stuff. If worse comes to worse, Bob's Red Mill has a website that sells it, among other whole grain flours.
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    I was watching Emeril Lagasse last night and he cooked a dish using quinoa. I wouldn't have even realized he was using quinoa if it wasn't for this thread b/c he was pronouncing it the correct way, and I would have never guessed thats how it is said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turk View Post
    I was watching Emeril Lagasse last night and he cooked a dish using quinoa. I wouldn't have even realized he was using quinoa if it wasn't for this thread b/c he was pronouncing it the correct way, and I would have never guessed thats how it is said.
    how did he pronounce it?
    is it pronounced keen-wa?
    that's how i've been saying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    how did he pronounce it?
    is it pronounced keen-wa?
    that's how i've been saying it.
    keen-wa. At first I was like WTF is that? Then he said it was a grain that was really good for you, then it hit me
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    just tried some tonight and it is really good by itself. Just make sure you wash it thoroughly. I let mine sit in warm water for 20 minutes, then drain, then rinse again until the water is clear. Threw it in a pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes and eat. No earthy taste at all and it surprisingly does not bloat either.
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    Great stuff I just gave a friend of mine(user name sweetlou32937) ab ox, we'll see how he likes it!
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    try adding some parmesan cheese after it's cooked - tasty stuff - particularly red quinoa
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdbear65 View Post
    try adding some parmesan cheese after it's cooked - tasty stuff - particularly red quinoa
    Thanks man ! Ive been looking for new recipes/ideas!
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    How filling is it compared to other complex carbs like oatmeal (pretty filling) or brown rice (i can eat a tonna brown rice without filling up)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BifWebster View Post
    How filling is it compared to other complex carbs like oatmeal (pretty filling) or brown rice (i can eat a tonna brown rice without filling up)?
    Not filling at all if you're doing 1/2 cup. A cup at a time is pushing the limit, though. I used to do a cup and felt really full and gassy.

    Half a cup seems just right. You still have room for some lean meat or something to add protein. You'd already have a lot of good carbs and fiber.
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    It'd be fine just grinding this stuff up like oats to throw into a shake right?

    Would it be better to cook it then grind it up?

    Also, I'm guessing that it's okay to store this stuff for a long time as long as you keep it dry too?
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