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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Curried Quinoa

Here's one for all you health nuts. Quinoa is a grain like food, kind of like rice and wheat, but it has a huge protein content which makes it a great food source for vegetarians and vegans. This recipe comes from Fitness Magazine, which just keeps giving me great food storage meals.

Ingredients: water, quinoa, curry powder, dehydrated carrots, chickpeas, craisens, salt and pepper





Curried Quinoa
Fitness Magazine
(serves 1-2)

Boil 1/2 cup water; add 1/4 cup quinoa and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and 1/2 cup dehydrated carrots. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add 2 tablespoons craisens, 1/4 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained) and salt and pepper to taste.

One thing I need to mention is you MUST rinse the quinoa before you cook it. Put it in a berry strainer or a sieve with really small holes and give it a really really good rinse. If not, your quinoa will be really bitter!

3 comments:

CheerfulHeart2 said...

Curious, I never rinse my qunioa and haven't noticed it being bitter. I would love to know what is going on here...why you have seen this problem and I haven't. Any ideas anyone?

PS I am excited to try curry in my quinoa, thank you for this an many other wonderful recipes!

Cathy said...

Check the label on the box. Some brands are pre-rinsed, some not. For instance, Bob's Red Mill is rinsed and ready to use. Worth buying one that is pre-rinsed to save yourself the nuisance, and also to save yourself the extra water if that happens to be in short supply. I like to mix quinoa into all sorts of other dishes, everything from cooked vegetables, to spaghetti sauce to pizza dough. It's not very noticeable, which makes it easy to feed someone who thinks they won't like it.

Joseph said...

Quinoa on the plant is covered with a bitter substance to discourage birds and other critters from eating it.

It rinses off easily, but the producers don't often rinse it well enough. Therefore, you have to complete the job.