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I just bought some Quinoa...

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Gerty1002 Tue 17-Jun-14 11:08:48

What can I do with it? Preferably things that are suitable for 9mo Ds but not essential

Gerty1002 Tue 17-Jun-14 11:09:17

Oops posted too soon. No special dietary needs. We like most things.


ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 17-Jun-14 11:10:27

You can just use it like rice, or couscous, or put a cupful in a pit of soup/chilli/stew to thicken it up?

Make sure you rinse properly as sometimes can taste bitter if you don't.

TheHoundsBitch Tue 17-Jun-14 11:11:08

I always cook it in stock, its not pleasant without some flavour added.

LJBanana Tue 17-Jun-14 11:29:12

I chop up some red pepper,cucumber,spring onions and baby tomatoes, mix them through with fresh basil and a splash of white wine vinegar. Bit if black pepper and it's done. You could add feta, or chicken too.

Gerty1002 Tue 17-Jun-14 11:41:42

Sounds good LJ, I need some summery recipes - have been in a bit of a slow cooker winter warmer rut since going back to work.

LordEmsworth Tue 17-Jun-14 11:45:14

I make a really nice salad with quinoa, spring onions, feta, sliced baby spinach & dressing of oil/lemon juice/cumin.

This is lovely, though your 9mo may not consider it to his taste...

JamNan Tue 17-Jun-14 11:45:52

I cook brown rice, puy lentils and quinoa separately then mix it all together and add a an oil dressing and caramelised onions. Serve with a spicy tomato garlicky sauce (maybe not for the bairn though).

Also do it with pomegranate molasses dressing and chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds.

It is VERY good for you and contains protein and amino acids.

LJBanana Tue 17-Jun-14 11:46:21

Summer easy recipes.....

Chicken thighs and legs, covered in natural yogurt and sprinkled with lots if tikka powder (straight forward in a tub stuff).
Oven cook for about 40 mins.

Baked feta-press dried mixed herbs into a feta block and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, put it in the oven for about 20 mins. Eat with above quinoa salad type thing or spread in crusty bread.

Prawns in olive oil and slice 2 cloves of garlic in the oil, put in the oven for 20 mins. Then have that with all of the above.

Jeez I'm starving!

JamNan Tue 17-Jun-14 11:47:18

Oh I forgot - have a look at this website called The Smitten Kitchen, I love her recipes and there are some good quinoa ones.

Millytint Tue 17-Jun-14 11:48:26

Use it for stuffed peppers, or there is a super Jamie Oliver 15 minute meal with chicken, feta and mango... Will see if I can find a link

Millytint Tue 17-Jun-14 11:50:03

HeeHiles Tue 17-Jun-14 11:51:35

I add it to rice, stock, onions, veg etc.

TheCheckerdyHorse Tue 17-Jun-14 11:51:39

Some loverly recipes here, ta.

Gerty1002 Tue 17-Jun-14 13:48:52

Thanks everyone, some great ideas so far. I have Jamies 15 minute meals book but need to revisit it I think!

LJBanana Tue 17-Jun-14 21:53:42

I've just been looking at his budget book on amazon after watching the programme last night. It's only £7!

Gerty1002 Tue 17-Jun-14 21:59:01

Ooh I might have to look into it. We've been spending an insane amount of money since weaning took off with DS

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