Friday, April 19, 2013

Q = Quinoa and Cold Quinoa Salad.

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The first thing I learn from Wikipedia is that Quinoa is a species of goosefoot which doesn’t mean much to me. Apparently it is a grain like crop which is grown primarily for its edible seeds. These seeds Quinoahave only recently started appearing everywhere with lots of recipes for their use, it is  not a true cereal crop but is closely related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Who knew? This food has been around for 4,000 years in the western areas of South America, and we are only just hearing about it? News spreads slowly. The Incas regarded it as a holy crop and considered it staple of their diets. The current spelling was developed by the Spanish from the name kinwa which is actually how it is pronounced. There are many new things appearing in our stores, recently we learned that Chia seeds (sold for Chia Pets) are also very good for us. Why waste it on pets?

This is one of my favourite recipes for Quinoa

Cold Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Feta

Servings: 4

Source
Author: The Nourished Kitchen
Source: WebMDcold_quinoa_salad_with_chicken_and_feta

2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
1 small head radicchio, chopped
1 cup cooked chicken, cut in bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup cubed feta cheese
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 Tbs pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Olive oil and vinegar dressing, to serve

1. Toss cooked quinoa, chopped radicchio, cooked chicken, cubed feta cheese, chopped red onion, pine nuts and parsley together until all ingredients are well distributed.

2. Dress the salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar

Have a great day

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    1. We've eaten that salad a few times, it is delicious.

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  2. Hi Jo .. I think Quinoa is the new superfood - or is there a new grain/seed that comes from South America .. that is being hailed as such. I love salads or dishes like this ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. This is really worth a try Hilary, its so easy to make too.

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  3. I've never even heard of that grain.

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    1. I would have thought it would be an ideal food for you Diane, not this recipe of course, but no doubt you could adapt it.

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  4. I never knew that something like that existed, thanks for enlightening me about it. Love the recipe, will definitely try it sometime.

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    1. Its become quite popular here.

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  5. Oh, salad! I love salads! I was not so hot about salads in my youth but now I'm always looking for new recipes.

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    1. In that case, do try it. Mother Dragon might enjoy it too.

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  6. I guess you could find that at a specialty store?

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    1. They sell it in our regular grocer round here Alex. In the natural foods section mind you.

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  7. I adore Quinoa. I especially like it as a dessert. Think, rice pudding like.

    That recipe looks delish!

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    1. Never tried it as a dessert, don't see why not though, as you say, like rice pud.

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  8. Oh, yum! I've been hearing a lot about quinoa lately but have never had it (I don't think...). This sounds delicious. Tumbleweeds, huh? :)

    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

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    1. Yeah I know, certainly don't fancy eating tumbleweeds.

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  9. My mother just discovered quinoa and loves it. THat makes me happy because she hates to cook now that my dad is gone and she finds this easy and worth the effort. I personally havent developed a taste for it which is surprising as I am the one accused of being a "cruncy granola loving dirt eater!" A bit too organic for some.

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    1. I wouldn't want to eat it without something added to it, but, like the salad above, I find it very enjoyable when I do. I have other recipes I have picked up over the last few months and I know it is a good source of nourishment at the same time as being enjoyable.

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  10. We love quinoa. Thanks for the recipe--so simple!

    Alex - our health food store sells it but we can get it at the regular grocery store, too.

    Jo - it has a great taste and is awesome just as a plain side dish with meat and a veg.

    Barbara
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  11. I don't know that I have ever actually tasted it plain, will have to do so next time I cook any.

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  12. I haven't tried it cold must give it a try. In the health food shop near me they had some black and red ones, but they were far more expensive. I have also recently on a packet that was sitting at the back of the cupboard and had passed their sell by date found a way to use them in a craft project, the texture looks great!

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    1. Didn't know it came in colours.

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