Friday Foodie Fix -Quinoa

Quinoa Plant

Quinoa Plant

Until I started eating gluten free I had no idea what quinoa was or even how it was pronounced.  Now it’s the Secret Ingredient for this week’s Friday Foodie Fix. Quinoa originated in South America where it has been an important food for 6000 years.  Now you can purchase quinoa and products made with quinoa at your local grocery.  I prefer the Inca Red Quinoa to the traditional but have not tried Black Quinoa yet.  Have you?  I also really like the quinoa pasta made by the same company Ancient Harvest Quinoa and have baked with the Quinoa flour and the flakes.

But what’s good about quinoa?  How about for every ¼ cup of quinoa, it has 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and is a 35 on the gylcemic index.  Oh, did I mention it tastes good and is extremely versatile.   I cannot eat rice but use quinoa as a substitute.  I even made quinoa sushi one day.  It worked really well.

Here are a few recipes I’ve made with either red quinoa, quinoa flour, quinoa flakes or quinoa pasta.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Products

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Products

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta with Artichokes

Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa Salad

Blueberry & Blackberry Crumble Pie

Friday Foodie Fix

Friday Foodie Fix

So what have you created with quinoa?  I hope you will share it here.  Many of you have noticed the Mr. Linky has been very touchy, and sometimes he’s there and works and sometimes he’s not.   So if you arrive here and he didn’t join the party just email me the name of your blog, title of the recipe and the link and I’ll add it in myself.  We’re not going to let Mr. Linky spoil our Friday Foodie Fix Fun!  If you forget the rules or are reading them for the first time, here they are. When you link to this blog please make sure the url you are using is http://www.thewholegang.org and not with typepad.com.  This weekend I will be moving the blog to a Word Press account and I’d hate to lose you.  As long as you use the main website url you’ll keep connected.  If you’ve subscribed no worries, you will automatically move right along with me.

Next week’s secret ingredient is ………….……..Mushrooms!

30 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix -Quinoa

  1. SleepBetterTips May 29, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    I love making quinoa for my husband and kids. Quinoa is easy and simple to make. I can make it ahead and serve it at room temperature. Diane, thanks so much for the Friday Foodie Fix — it's opened me up to so many different types of recipes that I can't wait to try. Thanks again!

  2. WendyGK May 29, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    I'm checking out your other recipes. Time to break out of the rice flour rut. Thanks for motivating me to try my quinoa cake experiment.

  3. gfe--gluten free eas May 29, 2009 at 5:42 am #

    I think quinoa is such a beautiful grain, uncooked and cooked. I like it so much more than rice. :-) I can't wait to check out everyone else's recipes. You have five alone, Diane!
    Hubby is going to love the mushrooms next week. He's addicted to mushrooms. ;-)
    Thanks for the FFF … it pushes me just enough. LOL Thanks for the heads up on the new URL, too. I'll fix my link and then update it to the specific post after the weekend. :-)
    Shirley

  4. SleepBetterTips May 29, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I love making quinoa for my husband and kids. Quinoa is easy and simple to make. I can make it ahead and serve it at room temperature. Diane, thanks so much for the Friday Foodie Fix — it’s opened me up to so many different types of recipes that I can’t wait to try. Thanks again!

  5. Linda May 29, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    I had been thinking about writing a quinoa post anyway, so this was perfect. I'm looking forward to mushrooms next week!

  6. Erica May 29, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    I don't really have a real recipe: I just make quinoa like the package says and add it to a stir fry with coconut oil, sea salt, whatever veggies and leftover protein sources I have. It's a great way to use up leftovers. ~Erica

  7. Erica May 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    I don’t really have a real recipe: I just make quinoa like the package says and add it to a stir fry with coconut oil, sea salt, whatever veggies and leftover protein sources I have. It’s a great way to use up leftovers. ~Erica

  8. WendyGK May 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    I’m checking out your other recipes. Time to break out of the rice flour rut. Thanks for motivating me to try my quinoa cake experiment.

  9. gfe--gluten free easily May 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I think quinoa is such a beautiful grain, uncooked and cooked. I like it so much more than rice. :-) I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s recipes. You have five alone, Diane!
    Hubby is going to love the mushrooms next week. He’s addicted to mushrooms. ;-)
    Thanks for the FFF … it pushes me just enough. LOL Thanks for the heads up on the new URL, too. I’ll fix my link and then update it to the specific post after the weekend. :-)
    Shirley

  10. Heather May 29, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks for choosing quinoa this week. I love all the variety of recipes. Great ideas from great cooks!

  11. CeliacsTips May 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Quinoa as a food theme is a great idea. Many people don't know much about it or that it's gluten free. I have quinoa at least once a week. have to try it in my sushi next time. thanks for the helpful tip!

  12. CeliacsTips May 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Quinoa as a food theme is a great idea. Many people don’t know much about it or that it’s gluten free. I have quinoa at least once a week. have to try it in my sushi next time. thanks for the helpful tip!

  13. Linda May 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    I had been thinking about writing a quinoa post anyway, so this was perfect. I’m looking forward to mushrooms next week!

  14. Heather May 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Thanks for choosing quinoa this week. I love all the variety of recipes. Great ideas from great cooks!

  15. bezajel May 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi, new watcher, poster, and blogger here!
    Quinoa is a fantastic grain, thanks for the opportunity to participate in your Friday Foodie Fix!

  16. Ali (Whole Life Nutr May 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Diane, quinoa is a family staple at our house. The other day I made quinoa soup but did not get a chance to post it – maybe because our house was 90 degrees inside today and soup just didn't feel right – even in virtual reality. I will post it soon and then link it up. Thanks for doing this!! -A

  17. bezajel May 30, 2009 at 3:44 am #

    Hi, new watcher, poster, and blogger here!
    Quinoa is a fantastic grain, thanks for the opportunity to participate in your Friday Foodie Fix!

  18. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) May 30, 2009 at 5:55 am #

    Diane, quinoa is a family staple at our house. The other day I made quinoa soup but did not get a chance to post it – maybe because our house was 90 degrees inside today and soup just didn’t feel right – even in virtual reality. I will post it soon and then link it up. Thanks for doing this!! -A

  19. Jenn May 31, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Sorry I'm late, but mine is added now! I love quinoa, there are so many uses for it and the flavor is so much better than other grains!

  20. Jenn May 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Sorry I’m late, but mine is added now! I love quinoa, there are so many uses for it and the flavor is so much better than other grains!

  21. Ellen Allard June 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I love how versatile quinoa is. And it subs in beautifully in place of grains that I can't eat (because they contain gluten). For example, I make Quinoa Tabouli using quinoa instead of bulghur. And here is a hot cereal that includes quinoa:
    http://iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/2009/05/hearty-….

    • Diane June 9, 2009 at 9:00 am #

      Ellen- finally made a hot cereal in my crockpot. Tastes great and it was so easy. Quinoa is a great grain. I do like the red quinoa better for side dishes than the white. Have you tried black?

  22. Ellen Allard June 3, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    I love how versatile quinoa is. And it subs in beautifully in place of grains that I can't eat (because they contain gluten). For example, I make Quinoa Tabouli using quinoa instead of bulghur. And here is a hot cereal that includes quinoa:
    http://iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/2009/05/hearty-….

    • Diane June 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

      Ellen- finally made a hot cereal in my crockpot. Tastes great and it was so easy. Quinoa is a great grain. I do like the red quinoa better for side dishes than the white. Have you tried black?

  23. Jessie June 4, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    Oh boy such nutrition! I can't handle it!! Lol! I try and try but I can't get over the texture of quinoa. Hoping to participate in a Friday Foodie Fix soon.

    • admin June 5, 2009 at 8:54 am #

      Jessie- Have you tried Red Quinoa? You might like that better. To me it has a better texture and taste. If you give it a try, let me know.

  24. Jessie June 5, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Oh boy such nutrition! I can’t handle it!! Lol! I try and try but I can’t get over the texture of quinoa. Hoping to participate in a Friday Foodie Fix soon.

    • admin June 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

      Jessie- Have you tried Red Quinoa? You might like that better. To me it has a better texture and taste. If you give it a try, let me know.

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