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2012-11-29 02:27:30 PM  
That's awesome!  I especially like quinoa pastas, it's much more nutritious.
 
Don't judge me.
 
2012-11-29 02:41:07 PM  
It will now be less real in the Whole Foods parking lot
 
2012-11-29 02:42:54 PM  
What exactly IS quinoa and what do you do with it? I see it in stores all the time but have no idea what it's good for.
 
2012-11-29 02:45:59 PM  

tnpir: What exactly IS quinoa and what do you do with it? I see it in stores all the time but have no idea what it's good for.


You can replace rice or couscous with it.

You can also make beer with it, for your gluten-free friends.
 
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2012-11-29 03:10:27 PM  

tnpir: What exactly IS quinoa and what do you do with it? I see it in stores all the time but have no idea what it's good for.


It's low in carbohydrates so it's good for people with diabetes or dieabeatus.
 
2012-11-29 03:17:28 PM  
Quinoa seems to be the new hipster food of choice. I went to a get together a little while back and we were all supposed to bring something to pass. (I brought a dessert.) Anyway first couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. the next couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. heh kind of funny. Next couple brings stuffed peppers...they were stuffed with quinoa. someone brought a soup...that was made with quinoa. Basically every dish that wasn't just a grilled chunk of meat or a dessert had quinoa in it. I felt like I was on an episode of Portlandia...
 
2012-11-29 03:21:36 PM  
Quinoa is pretty tasty. Since I got diagnosed with Type-2 Diabeeetus, the wife has been using it as a replacement or additive to rice dishes to lower the carb and calorie count.
 
2012-11-29 03:26:41 PM  

Tellingthem: Quinoa seems to be the new hipster food of choice. I went to a get together a little while back and we were all supposed to bring something to pass. (I brought a dessert.) Anyway first couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. the next couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. heh kind of funny. Next couple brings stuffed peppers...they were stuffed with quinoa. someone brought a soup...that was made with quinoa. Basically every dish that wasn't just a grilled chunk of meat or a dessert had quinoa in it. I felt like I was on an episode of Portlandia...


Is it any good? I don't care if it's hipster food or not, this is the first I've heard of it, sounds like something I might want to try out.
 
2012-11-29 03:29:43 PM  
I made some lemongrass chicken soup with quinoa in it for lunches this week. It's pretty amazing, I must say.
 
2012-11-29 03:33:42 PM  

nekom: Tellingthem: Quinoa seems to be the new hipster food of choice. I went to a get together a little while back and we were all supposed to bring something to pass. (I brought a dessert.) Anyway first couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. the next couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. heh kind of funny. Next couple brings stuffed peppers...they were stuffed with quinoa. someone brought a soup...that was made with quinoa. Basically every dish that wasn't just a grilled chunk of meat or a dessert had quinoa in it. I felt like I was on an episode of Portlandia...

Is it any good? I don't care if it's hipster food or not, this is the first I've heard of it, sounds like something I might want to try out.


Yeah it's fine, go ahead and give it a whirl. I'm all for eating anything. I just find it funny when certain products become fashionable like that.
 
2012-11-29 03:35:16 PM  
I love quinoa.
 
2012-11-29 03:43:22 PM  

nekom: Is it any good? I don't care if it's hipster food or not, this is the first I've heard of it, sounds like something I might want to try out.


It's OK. It's like couscous, but a little more pellet-y. It reminds me of chewing on those Styrofoam pellets you used to find in old beanbag chairs.
 
2012-11-29 03:43:30 PM  
It's OK.
 
2012-11-29 03:44:45 PM  

nekom: Is it any good?


It's good, it's flexible, and it's filling. We do quinoa with some regularity in my house. I really like doing fried quinoa fritters, which is a great way to use up left-over quinoa.

One tip: rinse the quinoa before making it. Common beginner mistake; if you don't it's going to taste like soap.
 
2012-11-29 03:53:31 PM  
Sorry, I don't eat anything but cheese squishins and sodium nitrate.

I might die before I turn 40, but at least I'll have the satisfaction of knowing I never tried anything like what them hipsters eat.
 
2012-11-29 03:56:31 PM  

Tellingthem: I just find it funny when certain products become fashionable like that.


Domesticated 4000 years ago = fashionable
 
2012-11-29 04:04:09 PM  

t3knomanser: : rinse the quinoa before making it. Common beginner mistake; if you don't it's going to taste like soap.


I never rinse. I do cook it in chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. I've never tried it plain.

1 cup quinoa,
half an onion diced,
olive oil,
chicken broth,
spinach

mix quinoa, onion, olive oil in pot, cook until quinoa is slightly brown (stir stir stir)
add chicken broth (just a little bit higher than the quinoa mix)
bring to boil
put lid on, cook over low heat for 20 minutes
cut up spinach, stir it in with the quinoa.
5 more minutes over low heat.
 
2012-11-29 04:04:46 PM  

HulkHands: Tellingthem: I just find it funny when certain products become fashionable like that.

Domesticated 4000 years ago = fashionable


First, Murphy says, the quinoa craze is such a new phenomenon that farmers have hardly had a chance to react.

"When we first started [in 1987] there was no demand for quinoa," recalls owner Ernie New,

So something that was routinely ignored and unwanted here in America has suddenly exploded in popularity. I would call that fashionable or trendy...
 
2012-11-29 04:10:45 PM  

vpb: It's low in carbohydrates so it's good for people with diabetes or dieabeatus.


Cup of cooked spaghetti has 43g of carbs.
Cup of quinoa has 39g of carbs.

That's not much better.
 
2012-11-29 04:30:45 PM  
I get it from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. Pretty darn cheap already.
 
2012-11-29 04:33:29 PM  

Shostie: vpb: It's low in carbohydrates so it's good for people with diabetes or dieabeatus.

Cup of cooked spaghetti has 43g of carbs.
Cup of quinoa has 39g of carbs.

That's not much better.


Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, so it has a much lower glycemic index than regular pasta. In short, it doesn't make your blood sugar spike like pasta does. But yeah, a carb is still a carb, so if you don't work that shiat off it's going to get converted to fat.
 
2012-11-29 04:37:51 PM  

Lsherm: Shostie: vpb: It's low in carbohydrates so it's good for people with diabetes or dieabeatus.

Cup of cooked spaghetti has 43g of carbs.
Cup of quinoa has 39g of carbs.

That's not much better.

Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, so it has a much lower glycemic index than regular pasta. In short, it doesn't make your blood sugar spike like pasta does. But yeah, a carb is still a carb, so if you don't work that shiat off it's going to get converted to fat.



It is also quite high in protein.  EYE OF THE TIGER BABY!
 
2012-11-29 04:38:46 PM  

Lsherm: Shostie: vpb: It's low in carbohydrates so it's good for people with diabetes or dieabeatus.

Cup of cooked spaghetti has 43g of carbs.
Cup of quinoa has 39g of carbs.

That's not much better.

Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, so it has a much lower glycemic index than regular pasta. In short, it doesn't make your blood sugar spike like pasta does. But yeah, a carb is still a carb, so if you don't work that shiat off it's going to get converted to fat.


I can accept that.
 
2012-11-29 05:40:34 PM  
It's already grown in North America.

ed101.bu.edu

//all the way to Panama
 
2012-11-29 06:05:47 PM  
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"You mewling quinoa..."
 
2012-11-29 06:07:49 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: [img96.imageshack.us image 470x265]

"You mewling quinoa..."


You mewling keen-wah?
 
2012-11-29 06:47:49 PM  
It's easy to make your own quinoa, just boil some rice, dirty socks, and a handful of sand.
 
2012-11-29 07:13:49 PM  
FTA: "But communities in the Bolivian Andes that formerly lived on quinoa have become unable to afford it and are now relying more on nutritionally inferior processed foods."

Way to go, Whole Foods and Foodies....
 
2012-11-29 07:23:15 PM  
Makes a decent risotto... Not as creamy as rice...but still good
 
2012-11-29 07:25:09 PM  
Sounds like another crop ripe for government subsidies.
 
2012-11-29 07:26:37 PM  
I've used it (well my girlfriend who cooks used it) as a replacement for bread crumbs in meatloaf. Works great, keeps the meat extra moist.

Then a glaze on top made from sriacha...
 
2012-11-29 07:39:26 PM  
I've never used it, but I've been wanting a spin on a typical rice pudding.

This may be a nice variant.
 
2012-11-29 07:40:38 PM  
 
2012-11-29 07:42:44 PM  
This is great news! While hiking the Inca Trail in Peru we were fed a great variety of quinoa soups. The soups were delicious and I felt great durring the hike. Bring on the quinoa!
 
2012-11-29 07:58:03 PM  
Actually, this isn't such great news, because American-grown rice is being found to be laced with arsenic because of all the chicken ferilizer that's being used. Quinoa is one of the few grains you can trust right now because it's not grown in the US.

BTW, it's pronounced "keen-wa" and it's sort of like brown rice, but much better for you since it's a complete protein. If you've never tried it, it's worth a shot. I like to put chili or stir fry on top of mine.
 
2012-11-29 08:33:19 PM  

Rev.K: I love quinoa.


Haven't had it in about two years. Should start cooking with it again.

/ I used to put it in everything
 
2012-11-29 08:35:56 PM  

tnpir: What exactly IS quinoa and what do you do with it? I see it in stores all the time but have no idea what it's good for.


It's a significantly healthier alternative to most grains, is extremely versatile, and can be cooked relatively quickly.

And despite what the article says, you can find it in the bulk section of supermarkets for pretty cheap.
 
2012-11-29 08:41:08 PM  

secularsage: Actually, this isn't such great news, because American-grown rice is being found to be laced with arsenic because of all the chicken ferilizer that's being used. Quinoa is one of the few grains you can trust right now because it's not grown in the US.


I don't know where you read that, but it's not right (unless you have a citation).

Water and soil naturally has arsenic, which rice is very effective at sucking up. And rice produced all over the world has arsenic in it.
 
2012-11-29 08:43:08 PM  
Wait until Monsanto gets their hands on it and finds a way to make it unhealthy and tasteless.
 
2012-11-29 09:07:37 PM  
One point not mentioned, quinoa is one of the few "grain-like" foods that contains all essential amino acids. It's a perfect protein.
 
2012-11-29 09:30:05 PM  

twoody: One point not mentioned, quinoa is one of the few "grain-like" foods that contains all essential amino acids. It's a perfect protein.


I despise this term. There are no perfect proteins, it's a meaningless buzzword. Basically every foodstuff that comprises protein also contains the essential AAs. As long as you're not living on water, lard, and corn starch you'll get the protein you need.
 
2012-11-29 09:38:20 PM  

thornhill: secularsage: Actually, this isn't such great news, because American-grown rice is being found to be laced with arsenic because of all the chicken ferilizer that's being used. Quinoa is one of the few grains you can trust right now because it's not grown in the US.

I don't know where you read that, but it's not right (unless you have a citation).

Water and soil naturally has arsenic, which rice is very effective at sucking up. And rice produced all over the world has arsenic in it.


In addition, lead arsenate used to be used as a pesticide on cotton ground- much of which now grows rice instead.
 
2012-11-29 09:38:59 PM  

sigdiamond2000: Sorry, I don't eat anything but cheese squishins and sodium nitrate.

I might die before I turn 40, but at least I'll have the satisfaction of knowing I never tried anything like what them hipsters eat.


What are you going to do once cheese squisins become trendy and hip?
 
2012-11-29 09:57:22 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Sounds like another crop ripe for government subsidies.



God, I hope not. It's one of the few grains that isn't some weird chimeric GMO.
 
2012-11-29 09:57:50 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: twoody: One point not mentioned, quinoa is one of the few "grain-like" foods that contains all essential amino acids. It's a perfect protein.

I despise this term. There are no perfect proteins, it's a meaningless buzzword. Basically every foodstuff that comprises protein also contains the essential AAs. As long as you're not living on water, lard, and corn starch you'll get the protein you need.


Not entirely true. Rice lacks a few key amino acids, as do wheat, and beans... the protein makeup of most grains and legumes are far from "perfect."

If, however, you want to get technical, the most perfect protein exists in breast milk, as it absorbs better into the body than other food.

I'd be happy to go into details on the specifics of essential vs non-essential amino acids, but it's nothing a simple google search can't clarify.

Yes there really is such a thing as a perfect protein, no, not all foods contain all the necessary building blocks to be considered "perfect."

Trust me on this one.
 
2012-11-29 10:02:35 PM  
Great. A new invasive weed.
 
2012-11-29 10:04:32 PM  

nekom: Tellingthem: Quinoa seems to be the new hipster food of choice. I went to a get together a little while back and we were all supposed to bring something to pass. (I brought a dessert.) Anyway first couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. the next couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. heh kind of funny. Next couple brings stuffed peppers...they were stuffed with quinoa. someone brought a soup...that was made with quinoa. Basically every dish that wasn't just a grilled chunk of meat or a dessert had quinoa in it. I felt like I was on an episode of Portlandia...

Is it any good? I don't care if it's hipster food or not, this is the first I've heard of it, sounds like something I might want to try out.


It's not bad. Not as able to mix with everything like rice is, but close. It has a bit of a different texture than rice which can take some getting used to.
 
2012-11-29 10:10:37 PM  
Tried it once, had the taste of rocks with the texture of barley.

/I can't be the only one who put rocks in their mouth as a kid
//riiiiiiight?
 
2012-11-29 10:11:41 PM  

Tellingthem: Quinoa seems to be the new hipster food of choice. I went to a get together a little while back and we were all supposed to bring something to pass. (I brought a dessert.) Anyway first couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. the next couple comes in with a quinoa pasta salad. heh kind of funny. Next couple brings stuffed peppers...they were stuffed with quinoa. someone brought a soup...that was made with quinoa. Basically every dish that wasn't just a grilled chunk of meat or a dessert had quinoa in it. I felt like I was on an episode of Portlandia...


Sounds like a typical UU potluck....
 
2012-11-29 10:12:45 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: FTA: "But communities in the Bolivian Andes that formerly lived on quinoa have become unable to afford it and are now relying more on nutritionally inferior processed foods."

Way to go, Whole Foods and Foodies....


The amusing thing about this is that this is literally Economics 101 and taught in economics class as a good thing because the people creating the good are making a metric farkton more money.

/Maybe in 2nd year they get to the "Maybe making money isn't the be-all and end-all to everything..."
 
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