Cooking Quinoa Recipes

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Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Burger Recipe Recipe

Yesterday, we hosted another dinner party. I opted for a fancy-looking vegetarian course by serving red-quinoa stuffed Portobello burgers and topped them with a slice of grilling cheese. The quinoa provided protein (it has, according to Wikipedia, a protein content per 100 calories higher than brown rice, potatoes, barley and millet), the Portobello mushroom great texture and the Mediterranean grilling cheese subtle saltiness with a rich buttery taste. 

I love using grilling cheese. Since I didn't add any rich ingredients in the Portobello burger filling, I figured a thin slice of cheese wouldn't hurt. This particular cheese can withstand a tremendous amount of heat without melting and develops a delicious golden crust when grilled, so next time you're searching for a crisp topping for your dishes, this might be the one!


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Quinoa with Carrots and Zucchini Recipe

My husband Lulu picked buckets full of vegetables from the garden this weekend. Lulu gathered a huge bunch of Babette and Bolero Nantes carrots and Lolita zucchini, and I used them as garnish for a delightful quinoa side dish.

I wanted to give the dish a burst of flavor and I remembered that I had a bottle of ginger syrup that our friend Laura recently brought us from her last trip to Hawai. She told us how delicious this amber-colored elixir was. She met with the owner and was very impressed with how passionate the proprietor was about her product.

Ever since I started PhamFatale.com, friends and family bring me all sorts of unique, out-of-the-ordinary food products and I have to admit I love it! Thanks!


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Quinoa with Asparagus and Mushrooms Recipe

Quinoa is a great side dish. By itself it can be pretty bland, so I seasoned it using vegetable stock and added asparagus spears and beech mushrooms. The dish pairs wonderfully with chicken or tofu. I could eat several plates of it without worrying about calories!



It's a great, healthy alternative to pasta or rice. Quinoa is incredibly versatile, and you can pair it with pretty much any combination of protein and vegetables. Plus, it's gluten free!


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Quinoa Patties (Galette de Quinoa Recipe) Recipe

Quinoa is my go-to ingredient whenever I'm preparing a light, gluten free recipe. I've used it in the past in side dishes and appetizers. I've always wanted to use quinoa to make a vegetarian main course, and today I think I've accomplished that.

I created little patties flavored with carrots, crimini mushrooms, eggplant and blue cheese. I bound them using a combination of lecithin and xanthan gum. You could always use eggs instead.  Making quinoa patties is simple. The filling should be moist and the outer part of the bite should have a crisp crunch. And after a healthy, light dish like this one, you can splurge on a decadent dessert. At least, that's what I tell myself!


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Quinoa and Brown Rice Side Dish Recipe Recipe

Cooking quinoa is as easy as cooking rice: count one part uncooked quinoa to 2 parts water. However, brown rice takes a little longer to cook, so I parboiled the brown rice first and then added the quinoa for the remainder of the cooking time. Since quinoa is pretty bland by itself, I added a little kick using a paste made from tomato paste and Serrano peppers.

The addition of grilled summer vegetables and garbanzo beans completed the meal. I served the quinoa and brown rice medley as a side dish with escalope de dinde (turkey scallopini).


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