Cooked quinoa?

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Can anyone tell me what cooked white quinoa tastes like?
 

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Not a strong taste, kind of a loose, grainy texture. Technically it is a seed so is high in calories, but apparently has greater nutritional value than things like rice. I boil up a mix of 1/8 cup quinoa, 1/8 cup millet, 1/4 cup barley and 1/4 cup farro, put chicken or beef broth in the boil, boil off the fluid like cooking rice. Top with steamed broccoli and carrots. I eat that for breakfast instead of toast and jam, have mostly eliminated baked bread, muffins, etc. and losing weight from it.
 
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Not a strong taste, kind of a loose, grainy texture. Technically it is a seed so is high in calories, but apparently has greater nutritional value than things like rice. I boil up a mix of 1/8 cup quinoa, 1/8 cup millet, 1/4 cup barley and 1/4 cup farro, put chicken or beef broth in the boil, boil off the fluid like cooking rice. Top with steamed broccoli and carrots. I eat that for breakfast instead of toast and jam, have mostly eliminated baked bread, muffins, etc. and losing weight from it.
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Ill add that I think it is best when mixed with other things. Like if you were going to do a stir-fry on a bed of rice, it isnt as tasty if you substitute the quinoa 100% for the rice. But if you go maybe 25% quinoa, it is good and should have a higher nutritional value. I know it is also mixed into some salads and stuff like that.
 

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Its a great way to add some substance to a soup. Thats how I like to eat it. Very neutral flavor, but adds texture and will help make the soup be more filling.
 

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Ill add that I think it is best when mixed with other things. Like if you were going to do a stir-fry on a bed of rice, it isnt as tasty if you substitute the quinoa 100% for the rice. But if you go maybe 25% quinoa, it is good and should have a higher nutritional value. I know it is also mixed into some salads and stuff like that.
Ha ha I was just about to say it taste like poo poo. But I agree that it should be mixed into stuff. 100% quinoa made me not want to eat anything else. It was nasty. I'll only eat it if I don't have to taste it.
 

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Ha ha I was just about to say it taste like poo poo. But I agree that it should be mixed into stuff. 100% quinoa made me not want to eat anything else. It was nasty. I'll only eat it if I don't have to taste it.
I dont think its nasty, just bland. Most people likely find it dull.
 

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Quinoa crisps are delicious! Its simply another type of grain and takes on the flavour of whatever you add to it!
 

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Ha ha I was just about to say it taste like poo poo. But I agree that it should be mixed into stuff. 100% quinoa made me not want to eat anything else. It was nasty. I'll only eat it if I don't have to taste it.
My viewpoint is generally that, unless it is a condiment/spice, if something has to be mixed into other stuff for it to taste good (again outside of condiments/spices), then that thing probably doesn't taste good.
 

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My viewpoint is generally that, unless it is a condiment/spice, if something has to be mixed into other stuff for it to taste good (again outside of condiments/spices), then that thing probably doesn't taste good.
Isnt that what cooking is all about? Rhubarb is only palatable when doused in tons of sugar, crumble and custard. Kale has to be cooked to within an 2.5cm of its life and then saut矇ed with garlic.Even potatoes benefit from deep frying or the addition of butter.

As Einstein said, There is no food that cannot be improved with the addition of grated cheese He did.he said that
 

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Isnt that what cooking is all about? Rhubarb is only palatable when doused in tons of sugar, crumble and custard. Kale has to be cooked to within an 2.5cm of its life and then saut矇ed with garlic.Even potatoes benefit from deep frying or the addition of butter.

As Einstein said, There is no food that cannot be improved with the addition of grated cheese He did.he said that
I've never eaten rhubarb, so can't comment on that. But kale is one of the foods I have that opinion of-Kale does not taste good on its own. Therefore it's not a good food. When you add other things, those are what you're tasting that taste good.

Potatoes do taste good on their own. When you add other things like butter, cheese, bacon, etc., you are making it taste better.

^the above is obviously my culinary tastes. I'm sure someone out there thinks kale tastes awesome by itself, and potatoes are disgusting.
 

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I've never eaten rhubarb, so can't comment on that.
British people, especially northerners, love rhubard but in actual fact, it is Satans putrid seed.
But kale is one of the foods I have that opinion of-Kale does not taste good on its own.
I am regularly presented with kale because its meant to be very good for you夷f one is a goat
When you add other things, those are what you're tasting that taste good.
Isnt cooking blending flavours so the whole tastes better than the individual ingredients?
Potatoes do taste good on their own.
Ive probably only eaten boiled baby potatoes and theyre ok. Add a knob of butter or a pizza and theyre great
When you add other things like butter, cheese, bacon, etc., you are making it taste better.
Yes.cooking/preparing.
^the above is obviously my culinary tastes. I'm sure someone out there thinks kale tastes awesome by itself, and potatoes are disgusting.
I hate cooked carrots (again regularly presented to me) but raw carrots are nice圯specially with a dollop of hummus.

The only bad food in my opinion is coriander (cilantro). 丐亢 They put it on top of every bas*ard thing 互
 

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Isnt cooking blending flavours so the whole tastes better than the individual ingredients?
This part here is the point. You blend flavors to make the whole taste better. But if any of the ingredients just tastes bad, and instead the other flavors are there to mask the bad taste, you're hurting the dish as a whole. Since you could either not include it, or include something which tastes better and improve the dish.
 

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This part here is the point. You blend flavors to make the whole taste better. But if any of the ingredients just tastes bad, and instead the other flavors are there to mask the bad taste, you're hurting the dish as a whole.
But many raw ingredients taste unpleasant if not prepared in a sympathetic manner. Kale is yuck, but saut矇ed with a little garlic and grated cheddar cheese佞中 Its intrinsic flavour is still present, but its synthesised into some nice奸ike make up and nice clothes. Kale tastes like any other brassica, its the stems fibrous. stringy texture that makes me gip (wretch).

The BBCs radio Food Programme found that some traditionally bitter foods like grapefruit and brassicas were having this bitterness bred out of then as young people will not eat them. They seem to have no problem imbibing alcohol which is bitter!
Since you could either not include it, or include something which tastes better and improve the dish.
Hmmm melted cheddar cheese as Einstein suggested!
 

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Isnt that what cooking is all about? Rhubarb is only palatable when doused in tons of sugar, crumble and custard. Kale has to be cooked to within an 2.5cm of its life and then saut矇ed with garlic.Even potatoes benefit from deep frying or the addition of butter.

As Einstein said, There is no food that cannot be improved with the addition of grated cheese He did.he said that
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Ha ha I was just about to say it taste like poo poo. But I agree that it should be mixed into stuff. 100% quinoa made me not want to eat anything else. It was nasty. I'll only eat it if I don't have to taste it.
A little shallot and garlic in butter, then toast the quinoa for a bit before adding the liquid (chicken or vegetable stock is better than just water). Also, salt is magic. People are generally too stingy with salt.

Tastes pretty good that way, I think. I wouldnt eat it as a main dish, but its a healthier option than rice or potatoes.
 

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My viewpoint is generally that, unless it is a condiment/spice, if something has to be mixed into other stuff for it to taste good (again outside of condiments/spices), then that thing probably doesn't taste good.
most of cooking is about making things taste better, particularly things that are good for you. Carrot cake was invented as a way to get kids to eat a dang vegetable. :)
 

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This part here is the point. You blend flavors to make the whole taste better. But if any of the ingredients just tastes bad, and instead the other flavors are there to mask the bad taste, you're hurting the dish as a whole. Since you could either not include it, or include something which tastes better and improve the dish.
Theres a magic to cooking where things that taste bad on their own actually taste good with other things. For example, I wouldnt eat a parsnip raw or in its own, but in a pur矇e or as a root veggie in a pot roast, it brings something to the party.

And taste is only one part of food. Texture matters, too. Smell. Nutrition. It all counts.
 

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