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Quinoa With Summer Vegetable Stir-Fry

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I made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I'm new to quinoa and found I like it, very bland and easy to incorporate all sorts of flavors. I used Ancient Harvest (pre-washed, no rinsing needed). Expensive yes, but nice for a change of pace.

I didn't realize that quinoa could be cooked in a rice cooker, which made it so easy. Lots of different veggies could be used in this dish and since I didn't have eggplant, I used some carrots I wanted to get rid of. Yummy!

The recipe:

http://glutenfreegod...vegetables.html

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I didn't realize that quinoa could be cooked in a rice cooker, which made it so easy. Lots of different veggies could be used in this dish and since I didn't have eggplant, I used some carrots I wanted to get rid of. Yummy!

Can it??

Really??

I love my rice cooker.

Is a cup of the quinoa equal to a cup of brown rice and is the water level the same??

I tried quinoa a few years ago and I wasn't all that impressed but I'd like to revisit it now.

~Allison

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I eat quinoa frequently. I usually use some sort of broth with it or seasonings. I have heard it cooks well in a rice cooker too. I however have a rice steamer and It did not work. I don't want to go out and buy a cooker since I already have the steamer. It works just fine on the stove as long as I don't forget about it. :P Here are a few recipes that I make frequently and love.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-and-Black-Beans/Detail.aspx

http://www.quinoa-recipes.com/Quinoa_Pages/Quinoa_Stew.html

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/spicyquinoa.htm (I usually double the dressing)

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I use the ratio of 2 parts liquid (water or stock) to 1 part quinoa. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. When the liquid is absorbed and little tails unfurl from the grains then it is ready.

Quinoa freezes really well so I like to cook a big batch and freeze it in individual serving size portions in ziplock bags.

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Allison, I use the ratio of 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups of water. Actually I made half a batch as I live alone and didn't think I'd want to eat the quinoa/veggie stir-fry for the next week. blink.gif Plus it was my first experience making anything with quinoa. I know it's supposed to be super nutritious. I want to experiment with lots of other grains, too.

I bought a cheap 6-cup Black & Decker rice cooker/veggie steamer at Wal-Mart. Less than $14. I've tried to avoid buying kitchen gadgets considering how many are such a waste and find I don't use them. I end up donating them just to free up space in my kitchen.

For a family, I'd suggest a buying a slightly larger rice cooker (still inexpensive). At first I didn't like the one I bought but found if I actually set a kitchen timer for rice (I usually use Uncle Ben's converted rice), then I manually flip it over from the "cook" setting to the "warm" setting so it steams. It does automatically do this but I found it slightly burned the rice in the very center.

Thanks, Roda, for the links to other recipes. I think quinoa would be good cooked in chicken broth or other seasoned broths.

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