Thursday, July 21, 2011

what a flop!

Tonight I attempted Quinoa, and what a failure! I used Bob's Red Mill, since I love their flaxseed meal so much. Followed the directions and totally screwed it up...how is that possible? It was watery, not the right texture...just ALL wrong :( I was totally bummed, because I have been wanting to try this stuff forever. We don't eat rice or pasta very often, so I thought the quinoa would be a nice, healthy alternative for the whole family to try...

I was SUPER excited to use the quinoa to make taboule. Had all of my ingredients chopped and ready to throw in. Kept boiling the quinoa, thinking the water would absorb...I was WRONG, obviously! Had my lemon juice squeezed and I even made homemade, whole wheat pita chips to serve with the Taboule...BUMMER!

Good news, we ate the watery Taboule and it had great flavor, but yucky texture!

Attention all of you QUINOA lovers...
HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU PREPARE YOUR QUINOA??!!!
Please tell me there's a secret?...I'm usually a pretty darn good cook! Especially when it comes to preparing healthy dishes that my whole family will love...
WHAT WENT WRONG?!

12 comments:

Mommy Minded said...

I will be posting a crock pot recipe for it next week!

kimert said...

I have never even tried it! What does it taste like? I see a lot of people have used it in recipes but never tried it myself.

Katie Schmidt said...

I am a notoriously bad cook so take this into account. I do love Quinoa and I use a quinoa pilaf that I buy at Vitamin Cottage. I can't remember the name but it comes in a brown cardboard box looking thing. It comes with a flavor packet and it comes out pretty good. I don't like to eat it straight up but it is really good in a wrap with fresh veggies and hummus. I think it is worth a try! Good luck!

Terre@savingyourgreen.blogspot.com said...

I am a great cook, but I have no idea how to cook that! Glad to find your blog in the hop! I am your newest follower.


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Good Girl Gone Green said...

I hate it when I have my meal all planned, everything seems to be going well.... and bang something go horribly wrong and the meal just isn't what I thought it would be!

Kia said...

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Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I have never made it by itself, but I do use a recipe for soup that has it in it...that way I don't have to worry about how watery it is!! Here is a link to my recipe: http://therunningcook.blogspot.com/2011/03/tomato-and-quinoa-soup.html.

jillconyers said...

Quinoa is a staple in our house. I don't have any tips to share but maybe this will help

http://www.cookingquinoa.net/how-to-cook-quinoa-perfectly

And if you sign up for the newsletter you can download a free Cooking Quinoa recipe book. It has great recipes!

Now I want to find a quinoa taboule recipe :)

cooperl788 said...

I have no idea, but I have to say that I've been there! Hopefully some of the above comments help, and definitely post what you did differently if you have a success!

Bridie said...

I just prepare it according to the package directions....I can't remember if I drain it or not. I don't think so. Next time don't use as much water. I usually sautee veggies and add a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the end, then toss with the quinoa that I cook separately. Top with a little grated parmesan cheese - yum!

Carolyn said...

I haven't attempted Quinoa... yet...but after reading this, not sure I will =) LOL I'm gonna look into it!

I'm a new follower from the Bee Friendly hop, would love if you could stop by and follow back!

I also have a "flash-back-Friday" linky going on too--its quite fun, linking up old posts!

Hope to see ya soon!
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runningonwords said...

I know nothing about quinoa, but I think my friend Kim at glutenfreeislife.com could probably help you.

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