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Monday, January 17, 2011

Adventures in Gluten Free Living-Quinoa

Mother Nature continues to interfere with quilting.  Too much time spent doing snow removal!  Meanwhile, a girl HAS to my GF adventures continue.  Pictured above is quinoa - pronounced keen-wah.  I've tasted quinoa noodles, but had never tried cooking the grain itself.  The dish on the left is raw, the right is cooked.  The first step in preparing quinoa is to rinse it several times in cold water.  Herein laid the problem: the grains are smaller than my finest sieve!  Here they are next to my quilting ruler. 

They are so small that two of them actually fit beneath the ruler - which is elevated by the plastic grip pads.  After much experimentation (and a considerable amount of quinoa down the drain) I realized I could use my anti-splatter lid as a sieve.  So I cooked the quinoa up and tasted it.  Since I never tasted it before I didn't season it with anything but a little salt.  Tastes somewhat like brown rice in that it has a mild, nutty flavor.  Like brown rice, it needed a little salt or something to enhance the flavor.  It would be good if cooked with chicken broth, instead of plain water. Thinking of Mexican Rice, I stirred in some corn and the flavor combination was excellent with no further seasonings. 

Now I have a whole bunch of cooked quinoa to use up.  Tomorrow I'll saute some onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms for a pilaf.   Should be yummy!


Barb said...

I saw in one store that they had a whole freezer to gluten free products...that is just amazing.

Joanne said...

Quinoa is great in a cold salad with cucumbers and tomatoes and a little dressing - great to keep in the fridge. Good luck!♥

Quinoa Nutrition Facts said...

There are absolutely easy and yummy quinoa recipes you can find online. I hope you'll have a great time experimenting how to cook the quinoa you've got. Enjoy and good luck! :)