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Searching for a dish that has just a little more of everything? Quick-cooking quinoa has you covered.

What Is It?

Often referred to as a “wonder food,” quinoa is a versatile and healthy addition to your table. It’s most often treated like a grain (in fact, it’s a seed), but, unlike grains or rice, it’s a complete protein, making it a smart choice for any meal.

Back to Basics

Cooked by itself, quinoa is just like rice, if rice had a toasty, nutty flavor and was even easier to make. Add in your favorite spices and seasonings for a super simple side.

Keep It Cold

Quinoa is perfect as a cold salad. Whether you’re using up last night’s leftovers or starting a salad from scratch, a quinoa salad is a no-brainer!

The Main Event

Want more than a simple side dish? Then turn quinoa into dinner’s main event.

Apr. 5, 2011 3:41 pm
I host a weekly dinner party with a group of friends, we usually have anywhere from 6-15 participants depending on schedules, who's in town, etc. Each week is a different theme and we try to be unique. For instance last week was cereal week so recipes that have cereal or oats. I had hosted one week where we did salad and a girlfriend brought over a quinoa avocado salad. It was light refreshing and zesty. The quinoa had like a grain/rice like texture but a little more like a lentil and smaller. It's high protein and a very good choice ingredient for a variety of dishes. Just as it stated in the very brief description, is a seed. My friend served her salad slightly warmed, but I had the leftovers from the fridge and it was just as good cold!
Apr. 6, 2011 5:25 am
I have always wanted to try Quinoa but can/t seem to find it in our stores. Where do you buy it?
Apr. 6, 2011 7:12 am
I have seen it in my local Wal-Mart Supercenter. I believe it was in the aisle with the rice.
Apr. 6, 2011 8:02 am
every time i've had quinoa, it was kind of mushy. is this because of overcooking or is that just how the texture of quinoa is?
Apr. 6, 2011 10:06 am
"every time i've had quinoa, it was kind of mushy" Did you cook it or someone else? I use it a lot & would not describe it as mushy. In fact I would call it more like bulgur or couscous, less like brown rice. Some quinoa I believe requires soaking; I get mine at Costco & just cook it.
Apr. 6, 2011 11:06 am
Just an FYI - for anyone who celebrates Passover: quinoa is permissable to eat on the holiday, so it can be a good replacement for pasta & rice, which are not allowed to be eaten during the 8 day holiday.
Apr. 6, 2011 11:06 am
For a first timer, not knowing how Quinoa tasts, what recipe would you suggest I try first?
Apr. 6, 2011 12:02 pm
Kathy - I would start with Quinoa Side Dish. Just make sure to use fresh herbs.
Apr. 6, 2011 8:43 pm
I've started eating quinoa for breakfast instead of oatmeal. It keeps me full until lunch, and it's gluten free.
Apr. 7, 2011 6:34 am
We love quinoa! It has a texture like nothing else and I love the feel in my mouth when I eat it - kind of a little crunch/pop when the seeds burst. We will be trying the Mediterranean Quinoa salad (without the chicken) tonight with grilled Salmon. That's a great idea to use it as a breakfast food!! I hate making/eating breakfast, but if I had cold quinoa maybe with cream and berries I think I'd actually look forward to breakfast!
Momma P. 
Apr. 7, 2011 7:15 pm
My Hannaford store carrys it in the health food isle. I let mine soak in hot water for an hour, then rinse it like crazy. Cuts down on the actual cook time and is not bitter, which my brand tends to be if not soaked. Love this stuff. I keep some in my fridge almost all the time. I use it like rice, barley, macaroni, cereal. Put soy sauce on it or maple syrup! Put it in soup, put sauce on it, use it as a zucchini or eggplant stuffing. I'm going to make Quinoa baked pudding....instead of rice pudding. More protein, nicer texture. If it seems mushy, yes, try cooking it a little less.
Apr. 7, 2011 7:21 pm
You do definitely want to rinse quinoa before cooking it. Put it in a fine colander / sieve and rinse, rinse, rinse, until the water doesn't bubble anymore. Kind of like rinsing canned beans. When you don't get bubbles as you rinse anymore, it's well rinsed and ready to cook. If you want a simple dish to get the initial flavour of it, try just cooking it as directed on the package and using chicken bouillon or vegetable bouillon instead of plain water. If you can't find it by the rice, try by the 'special' flours. Bob's Red Mill is a popular brand that distributes it. Here's what the package looks like: http://www.bobsredmill.com/organic-quinoa-grain.html
Apr. 8, 2011 4:14 am
Around here, quinoa is sold for up to $8/lb. in health food aisles of groceries, but Whole Foods sells it in bulk for $3.39/lb. My favorite recipes from this site are Robin's Quinoa with Mushrooms and Spinach, and Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts. I love the idea of using it for breakfast - great suggestion! Quinoa is healthy and versatile and has become one of my favorite foods.
Apr. 8, 2011 10:03 am
I LOVE Quinoa! This stuff is great if you are pregnant! Had everything you need! Also great for diabetics and vegetarians that love rice but need something more substantial. I've been making it for years. My sister-in-law is a doctor and from Peru and recommended it to me when I was pregnant with my first child. She said it is a MUST eat for all pregnant women! :)
Apr. 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Very good as a replacement for oatmeal. I like to serve it with maple syrup or agave syrup, nuts and thawed frozen berries.
Apr. 8, 2011 2:52 pm
You can usually find Quinoa in the "international" food isle, next to the difference rices and dried beans (the one I buy comes in a flat orange box). It's delicious and good for you!
Apr. 8, 2011 8:23 pm
I bought quinoa at Costco. It was not expensive at all!
Apr. 9, 2011 6:15 am
You can also find quinoa in the gluten free section of numerous stores. There are some places that have quinoa premixed with various herbs and spices.
Apr. 9, 2011 9:59 am
I have never had it before, but after reading all of the comments/reviews I am certainly going to try it. It sounds so versatile. I sure hope our local Safeway store carries it. Otherwise maybe I can order it somewhere of the internet.
Apr. 10, 2011 10:10 am
Anytime I have a big dinner party I include Quinoa and Black Beans! Everyone loves it. Sometimes I'll add it to soups as a thickener. 

Apr. 10, 2011 11:08 am
One of my favorite quinoa recipes is AR Southwestern Quinoa salad. I also added sliced black olives. So yummy and so versatile!
Apr. 10, 2011 1:38 pm
Can you cook it in the rice cooker. A girl at the supermarket said to try it but I see no reference to this type of preparation. Thanks.
Apr. 10, 2011 3:31 pm
"Can you cook it in the rice cooker. A girl at the supermarket said to try it but I see no reference to this type of preparation. Thanks." On my package I bought from Costco, it says, "For Rice cooker, follow instructions for white rice." HTH. :D
Apr. 26, 2011 12:23 pm
I cook my quinoa and keep a container in the fridge, then I can use it in many different recipes from salads to my favorite, in a turkey meatloaf!
May 9, 2011 9:02 pm
I love to make quinoa in my rice cooker, with broth I(i.e., chicken broth, or broth flavor dependent on what my main dish is)in place of water. When cooking quinoa in a rice cooker, follow directons for white rice. Love it!
May 12, 2011 12:02 am
I've found Quinoa at Trader Joe's and recently my local Costco started carrying it. My kids like it better than rice and thank you Maximumjoys1, I never thought to cook it in a rice cooker!!!
May 14, 2011 12:31 pm
should quinoa have a "musty" odor to it? Does this mean I should rinse it further?
May 14, 2011 12:47 pm
"should quinoa have a "musty" odor to it? Does this mean I should rinse it further?" Yes, quinoa does have a musty/bitter odor to it, and I would definitely recommend soaking the quinoa longer and rinsing it a bit more. Interestingly, it seems some people taste the bitterness more than others. I'm pretty sensitive to the bitter taste, it seems, and I always soak and rinse any quinoa, even the kinds that claim this is not necessary, otherwise I can taste the bitterness.
May 14, 2011 3:13 pm
Can I cook it in a rice cooker? Will it take the same amount of time?
May 15, 2011 5:43 pm
Does anyone know the carbohydrates per serving of Quinoa? I'm on very carb' restrictive diet for health reasons so accurate information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
May 17, 2011 4:38 pm
I found this web site for carb counts.

May 26, 2011 3:11 pm
Is it necessary to rinse quinoa? I bought it out of a bin (no instructions)
May 26, 2011 4:49 pm
Quinoa is a nutrient rich grain which has nearly twice the protein content of corn or rice and has also been shown to possess some beneficial antioxidant properties. These food products could be consumed by people with celiac disease as a substitute for wheat products since quinoa is also gluten-free. It is also lower in carbs than all other common grains. The grain can be bitter if it is not rinsed with water.
Jun. 8, 2011 10:34 am
My daughter came up with a delicious recipe called "quinoa a la Raiden". It's quinoa boiled with adobo and sazon completa. Black beans, avocado, tomatoes, & sour cream, all rolled up (including the boiled/seasoned quinoa) in a flour tortilla. (kind of like a vegetarian taco). It was DELICIOUS!!!!
Jul. 17, 2011 6:22 pm
Look forward to using quinoa as I hear from my son that it is very healthy.
Jul. 24, 2011 5:37 pm
Where I live finding healthy foods like this is not an easy thing. Even if you can find quinoa it's usually too pricey. However, I discovered a new way to shop for a lot of orgainic,healthy, unusual foods from around the world. A lot of local clearance outlet stores have been popping up around here. They foods stuffs usually are organic, unusual and healthy. I don't know why, lol. Yesterday we went to my favorite one about half an hour's drive from my home. And they had quinoa! YAY! And it was ridiculously cheap. I'm going back in a few days and buy more because I don't know if they'll ever get it back in again. Do you know the shelf life of quinoa...or how long can I store and what would be the best container for long storage. Believe this or not I got a 16 oz bag of Eden Organic quinoa for 1 dollar! I looked on Eden's website and it sells retail for about six dollars a bag.
Jul. 31, 2011 5:07 pm
I love to use Quinoa instead of bulgur wheat for a great gluten-free Tabbouleh.
Nina Hansen 
Aug. 13, 2011 5:56 am
All grains are seeds, so the grain or seed question is a moot point. That being said, I have just discovered quinoa and it is a wonderful addition to my pantry. I love the texture. So far I've only used it in salads (try the Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad), but will be trying it as breakfast with blueberries and maple syrup.
Sep. 1, 2011 7:41 am
I have never tried Quinoa. But my son has found out he needs to be gluten free. He is really missing his frogeye salad. Would quinoa be a good substitute for the acini de pepe macaroni or is it to nutty & bitter tasting?
Sep. 12, 2011 2:06 am
If you rinse it well and use milk and or cream to replace a portion of the water(as you do to make rice pudding) the nuttiness will compliment the frog eye salad well. It is how we have or quinoa for breakfast.
Sep. 12, 2011 10:07 am
I have made quinoa for my family a few times & never even thought about rinsing it. No one has mentioned it being bitter, either.
Sep. 12, 2011 9:00 pm
My husband is from Bolivia, where Quinua (original spelling) is grown. It's used in soups a lot there, or as tortillas (small, thick round cakes), and even as chips. Quinua has been around for hundreds of years, but only recently has gained popularity in the US in the past decade or so.
Sep. 13, 2011 12:26 am
can quinona be cooked in an electric rice cooker?
Sep. 13, 2011 1:04 pm
Quinoa is soooo good! One way I really like it is to make it like you would fried rice. Another is my favorite salad. I take 2 c. cooked quinoa and add olive salad (in my deli it comes with black and kalamata olives and cubes of feta in this wonderful olive oil),including the oil, sundried tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, minced garlic, about 1/2 shredded parmesean and a squeeze of fresh lemon, salt and pepper. Everything is added to taste, the way you like it. I keep a large bowl in the frig and take for lunch or throw some cooked chicken in for dinner. This is best served at room temperature. You won't be able to stop eating it! Yum!
Sep. 13, 2011 1:14 pm
In my previous post, I incorrectly wrote "black and kalamata olives" when I meant to say "green and kalamata olives". Also meant to say "1/2 cup" shredded parm. I, too, rinse mine for a couple of minutes in a small sieve before cooking. If you soak it first, it becomes too mushy. Usual way of cooking is 1 c. quinoa to 2 c. water - bring to boil, cover and simmer approx. 15 min.
Sep. 13, 2011 3:50 pm
I guess it depends on the brand, for rinsing. I buy Ancient Harvest brand at Wal-Mart, and cook it straight out of the package. It's fine.
Sep. 13, 2011 6:44 pm
Trader Joes carries a baby spinach, curried chicken, diced mango, and red quinoa salad with a spicy coconut milk dressing. If you are near a Joes, look for it. It's what hooked me on the stuff.
Sep. 15, 2011 7:28 pm
I swapped it for the Orzo and it worked pretty good. Orzo is still better but. 

Sep. 15, 2011 8:21 pm
I love quinoa! It's a great protein source for vegetarians especially since it's a complete protein, and most non-meat sources are incomplete. It also tastes great and can be used in some many ways. Thanks for all the new recipe ideas!
Sep. 16, 2011 3:36 pm
I LOVE the Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf! Everyone must try that recipe, it will change your mind if you don't like ground turkey. I'm going to have to try quinoa for breakfast next. A bulk food store near me sells Quinoa Flakes (looks like thin oatmeal flakes). Does anyone have any ideas on how to use that?
Sep. 17, 2011 1:08 pm
I find the best way to get the fluffy texture for quinoa is the cook it and let it cool (like you would the rice for fried rice recipes). I often serve it at room temp with hot curry or chilli spooned on top. There are always left overs for salad. So versatile!
Sep. 30, 2011 8:04 am
I currently live in Bolivia where this is grown. So I buy mine at the large markets. I use it in soup, mixed with oatmeal, rice, cut up cooked potatoes and as a salad with lots of fresh or grilled vegs's, olive oil & lemon juice. Quinoa is also available at Trader Joe's in the USA.
Oct. 10, 2011 6:54 pm
what is Tradeer Joe's website? I've recently just heard of it.
Oct. 10, 2011 6:56 pm
i miss spelled Trader Sorry
Oct. 23, 2011 4:53 pm
After checking around on the internet, i found Cosco has the best prices. Some of the sites will offer free shipping, however you need to buy quite a bit. Bob's Red Mill is what i use.
Oct. 24, 2011 11:58 am
Thank you to everyone for all the information you provided about Quinoa. My boyfriend just bought a huge quantity and we are very eager to try it.
Julia Grace 
Oct. 30, 2011 7:16 am
We just started using quinoa from Costco. Thanks for suggestion to rinse. I tried rinsing briefly in a sieve once. There is a distinctive odor, whether dry or cooked, that I don't mind but must figure out how to reduce or eliminate for Husband's benefit. I haven't rinsed for a long time, or through a clean bowl to observe bubbles. Has anybody tried treating it like pilaf: putting into hot oil or butter before adding boiling liquid?
Dec. 21, 2011 12:53 pm
The big bag @ COSTCO is around $9.50 for ALOT of Quinoa. I think it's 4 pounds... I could be off. But it's in a big zippered bag. Be sure to rinse it just like you would rice, and just cook it 2/1 (liquid/quinoa). Saute some diced garlic and onions in a bit of olive oil, toss it in a rice cooker with Quinoa, and try a broth like chicken or veggie. You'll enjoy it as much as rice :-)
Dec. 27, 2011 9:30 pm
I am new to this, and I love to use Quinoa. I was introduced to Quinoa by a friend from the U.S. and have found Quinoa in my local Safeway/Woolworths/Coles supermarket, in the healthfood aisle, 500grams for about $8 but if you go to Costco in Melbourne you get 1.8kg fot $11. I use it for Tabbouleh and have just printed up some of this sites salad recipes. Love to try the out for our summer.
Jan. 8, 2012 10:04 am
My most recent quinoa favorite is cold quinoa salad with cucumber, mint, satsuma orange sections, green onion, and lemon and olive oil. So fresh and healthy!
Jan. 10, 2012 9:03 pm
Quinoa is gluten free!
Jan. 10, 2012 9:04 pm
quinoa is gluten free and wheat free!
Jan. 11, 2012 6:18 am
I love quinoa. It's like eating teeny tiny bubblewrap! I use it in soups, salads and as a base instead of rice or pasta. Made the Quinoa side dish and some butternut squash I had baked and mixed it together. Yum!
Jan. 11, 2012 8:37 am
I have used Quinoa for years. I rarely use rice at all anymore. I use it in Meatloaf like you might use oats. I use it as a hot breakfast, a side dish or main course ingredient. It is an amazing food and being a complete protein makes it great for weight loss or body builder recipes. I just used it last night on a Salmon Phylo roll. I put the salmon in with some seasoning and cooked quinoa (included thawed and drained chopped spinach for adults with wasabe sauce) The addition of the quinoa made the dish more filling and stretched the meal.
Jan. 11, 2012 11:04 am
...and we all know there's nothing so tasty as bubble wrap! Seriously, lots of good ideas in the previous comments. I've tried quinoa, but I think I've been to tentative.
Jan. 11, 2012 11:28 am
Oops! " too" tentative.
Jan. 12, 2012 7:54 am
I cook quinoa in a rick cooker. Follow the rice directions and check it once and awhile to see if you need more water.
Jan. 13, 2012 4:22 am
I like quinoa, and I'd like to use it more, but I just can't afford it, unfortunately. Not at $8.00 a bag. (And that's the Bob's Red Mill brand at Ocean State Job Lot! Those of you who live in southern New England will know where I'm talking about.) The nutrition nuts out there conveniently neglect to tell us that healthy eating is also EXPENSIVE eating. So, no quinoa for me. I'll have to stick with brown rice. It's too bad, but you can either eat cheaply or you can eat healthy, you can't do both, and, unfortunately, I usually have to do the former.
Jan. 22, 2012 7:13 pm
I am definitely trying this stuff. the reviews are wonderful and this looks so versatile.
Jan. 26, 2012 8:58 am
xcellent as a hot breakfast.......some apple chopped up with cinny and a touch of sugar and milk and its good for you
Jan. 26, 2012 1:58 pm
I notice many of the recipes ask to boil the quinoa with salt. Something I learned while being raised in La Paz, Bolivia was to NEVER boil quinoa with salt. If you boil it with the quinoa will not pop or cook very well or it takes a very long time, and becomes hard. Its better to boil it without salt add oil if you want. When the quinoa pops open and its done cooking, dizzolve a bit of salt in water and add to pot (let the quinoa absorb the salt). Grab some oven mitts and gently shake the pot, DO NOT stir it because you will squish it and it will be really mushy. I hope this helps if there were some troubles with cooking the quinoa. And here is a link that explains What Quinoa really is. :) Enjoy!
Feb. 6, 2012 6:00 am
Quinoa is NOT "great for diabetics." It has a glycemic index of 53, and 27 net carbs per TABLESPOON. Unfortunate, because it is very tasty.
Feb. 25, 2012 7:05 pm
where do I buy quinoa
Feb. 26, 2012 10:00 pm
I love quinoa. I usually eat it for breakfast instead of oatmeal or rice cereals. It is brimming with protein, vitamins and a nutty, full flavor that makes the morning start off with a bang!
Mar. 2, 2012 8:45 am
I bought mine on Amazon.com
Mar. 24, 2012 12:54 pm
Sorry disagree 1 cup or 185 g of cooked Quinoa has a eGL of 18 (diabetics should stay under 100 daily) and 222 calories and 39g of carb or 13%. Oh and a normal serving size is 1/4 cup or 56g. :-)
Mar. 24, 2012 1:00 pm
Reference: nutritiondata.self.com
Apr. 2, 2012 9:13 pm
I buy my quinoa at Costco and use my rice cooker. Painless and I don't do a thing but quinoa and water. Comes out perfect every time.
Apr. 6, 2012 9:29 am
I noticed on the list of comments that someone asked what the shelf life of Quinoa is but it didn't get an answer. I have a bag of Bob's Red Mill in my pantry that I've never opened yet and it has an "expiration date" of 2010... does it really spoil or can it still be used?
Apr. 11, 2012 9:04 am
BJ's Wholesale Club also sells Quinoa - same location as rice and pasta. It is very reasonably priced there.
Apr. 13, 2012 12:27 am
In relation to being low carb, I am insulin resistant so I must eat low glycemic foods. I have done much research and reading and know that quinoa is acceptable, especially as its not a wheat product and higher in protein. Its a win win. But if you are diabetic, be sure to check your blood sugar levels after eating one time just to be sure. And be careful not to put high sugar toppings on it!
Apr. 13, 2012 8:15 am
I bought my quinoa out of a bin, so it didnt come with directions. Ive never made it before and Im wondering how to cook it plain.
Apr. 13, 2012 2:58 pm
Finding quinoa: I live in New Mexico, where almost any one-off item is considered exotic. I have found quinoa in bulk food sections--but be aware, unless you know that it has been rinsed, you should rinse quinoa well, as it produces a natural saponin on the outside that tastes bitter or soapy. I have found Bob's Red Mill Quinoa at Costco (BIG package) or some grocery stores' natural foods aisle (normal-size package). Bob's brand is rinsed and you can use it straight out of the package. Also, for those who find it mushy: I will toast mine in a pan with some sesame oil until it browns a little bit; that helps keep it more chewy. You can also reduce the amount of water by 10-20%, which will help keep it firmer. One of my favorite ways to make it now is cooking it directly in seasoned stock (I use chicken, you can use veggie or anything that tastes good!) with a bit of lemon juice, salt, and favorite herbs (Herbes du Provence work well!). It makes a wonderful side for chicken, or really
Apr. 15, 2012 11:19 am
I've made quinoa. It looks like there are worms or maggots coming out or little pods. Add on that it tastes like dirt and you have something truly disgusting. Interestingly enough, that fits the idea most people have of health food so I guess it makes sense. Reason I made it 3 times was to compare brands in case one was better than others, they were all the same.
Apr. 15, 2012 5:33 pm
I made a quinoa rigatoni in the pressure cooker last night. Put it in with the meat, noodles and sauce for 10 min. It was perfect!!! I also cook it and put it in my homemade bread, Yum!
Apr. 20, 2012 10:42 am
Oh dear Hank, I'm sorry you didn't like quinoa but hope your description doesn't stop anyone else from trying it! :) Unfortunately most people have been 'trained' since childhood to eat (and prefer) high fat, , sugar, starchy foods so now we all need to train ourselves to eat what our bodies want/need. Your tastebuds will follow eventually, I promise! Referring to the sticky quinoa problems, don't stir it and use just enough water to cover. I don't even cook it. I pour hot water over it and let it sit to absorb. As to the grain vs seed debate, they are not the same. Seeds are never overly processed, grains always are and they are full of starch. Huge difference. grains are eaten after being severely processed.
Apr. 20, 2012 10:44 am
Excuse my horrible formatting errors!
Apr. 29, 2012 4:11 pm
I cooked Quinoa last night for the first time. I sauteed broccoli tops, mushrooms, cut up carrot,garlic and green onions in olive oil with some seasoning. I added this mixture to the cooked Quinoa. We really enjoyed this dish.
Art Heart 
Jul. 10, 2012 1:10 pm
I tasted Quinoa for the first time this past week while visiting friends. I intend to saute some green string beans, garlic and onion. I start simple.! Looking forward to it..
g'ma jan 
Oct. 6, 2012 10:33 am
The local health food store had prepared Quinoa Stuffed Peppers yesterday. Awesome. I pulled out my forgotten container of quinoa (I keep extra in a glass covered jar on the shelf or in freezer; doesn't go stale!). I will be using it up. Thanks for all the good ideas!
Oct. 25, 2012 5:17 am
I add it to my whole grain breads that I bake...lots of protein and those who are shy about trying new things never know...
Oct. 27, 2012 7:09 am
I am NOT a quinoa aficionado. It's not inexpensive, and, as with whole wheat pasta, I find it to be "tasty" only if you actually LIKE the taste of cardboard!
Oct. 28, 2012 3:29 pm
I just heard about Quinona. We are both type 2 diabetics. Is it for us?
Oct. 28, 2012 3:38 pm
If this is the Maryann who answered me. Thank you. I finally found the russian sourdough. Connie told me where to search and I was able to order it. Some of the sourdoughs were up in the 100's to order. I only paid $10.00 plus shipping. We love sour dough breads and this one I guess is for rye bread. I have been told it makes great rye bread. I am a full Russian on both parents.
Oct. 30, 2012 11:40 am
Quinoa is excellent and suited for anyone with Diabeties... And, you can find it in any bulk barn stores, Costco sells an Organic Quinoa and it is by far the best. Great as a hot breakfast add maple syrup, greek yogurt, fruit, brown sugar & rasins, what ever helps in getting you started!!!
Dec. 10, 2012 5:16 am
Kroger and Giant Eagle both carry Ancient Grains brand Quinoa. It averages around 4.50 a lb in columbus oh, Ironically in Huntington Wv ( yes the unhealthiest city in the USA) its on;y 2.97 a lb for the same brand. I stock up when I vist my parents. to those of you who are leary about it, my strapping meat-and-potatoes hillbilly of a husband loves it. Click my name to see my " Quinoa for beginners" recipe. It's super simple.
Dec. 18, 2012 6:12 pm
I'm type 2 diabetic and on insulin and this stuff spikes my glucose as much as plain white rice. It all just depends on your personal reaction. I can only have about 30g of carbs a day in order to keep my glucose out of the 200's.
Dec. 28, 2012 2:53 pm
I try to find the pre-washed kind, b/c the tiny seeds go through the holes in even the finest colander/sieve. We really like it in a mango/black bean salad...orange juice/lime juice/olive oil dressing with cilantro.
Janus Life Coaching 
Jan. 26, 2013 10:22 am
Years ago, I used a recipe from the Le Leche League cookbook that called for quinoa and milk....You bake it in the oven overnight at low heat in a covered cast iron skillet. It makes a wonderful nutty breakfast cereal. Anybody know the # of cups of Q and milk?
Jan. 30, 2013 11:49 am
it's good for breakfast cooked in milk or orange juice with craisins and nuts
Feb. 18, 2013 5:56 am
According to America's Test Kitchen (ATK), they recommend toasting quinoa in a dry pan like you would do for nuts before adding boiling water to enhance the nutty flavor. ATK has done the work to discover what tastes best! That is how we prepare quinoa everytime and it always tastes great!
Feb. 18, 2013 6:02 am
Correction--I read the article from Cooks Illustrated, not America's Test Kitchen. (cooking cousins on PBS)
Feb. 18, 2013 11:20 am
Actually it is a grain rather than a seed.
Feb. 24, 2013 1:03 pm
It's the seed of a goosefoot plant native to Peru, Columbia and Bolivia. The plant is closely related to beets and spinach. It was first domesticated and cultivated nearly 4000 years ago. It's protein content is nearly 14% and it is gluten free. How can you go wrong folks. Eat up and enjoy!
Mar. 13, 2013 2:47 pm
I just bought 2# of Quinoa yesturday at Sams club for under $5. The back of the package says not to rinse. Brand name is Natures Earthly Choice. This is not expensive....
Apr. 22, 2013 4:00 pm
how do you pronounce quinoa?
Jul. 2, 2013 7:56 am
where is nutrition and calories info?
Aug. 18, 2013 9:27 am
"keenwa" is indeed a wonderful little "grain" the ancient Indians discovered a few thousand years ago, before food processors started ruining everything! Enjoy it! (And look it up on Wikipedia to find out for yourselves.)
Feb. 2, 2015 5:45 pm
I tried the Ancient Harvest brand from Walmart. Not very expensive and is pre washed. I did the pilaf recipe on the box. I loved it. My husband would not eat it because looked like pin worms. Explained to him that was part of the grain. He said no way he is not eating worms. Oh well more for me.
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Quinoa stands in for bulgur in this healthy, deliciously different tabbouleh.

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