Brown rice and quinoa

By rij061258 Latest Reply 2011-04-13 19:36:37 -0500
Started 2011-04-11 14:37:22 -0500

Does anyone have any side or main dishes using brown rice and quinoa?

6 replies

Armourer 2011-04-13 14:48:52 -0500 Report

Just google quinoa and the recipes are endless. For me protein is a problem and this is a complete protein. I use it as a cold dish mixed with chopped green peppers, black olives, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, banana peppers, jalapenos. Usually what I make is good for three or four meals. Right now Costco carries a 4 lb bag for bulk. By itself quinoa is tasteless!

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 22:00:44 -0500 Report

I find Quinoia is very tasteless, so you have to cook it with a lot of flavor. What a member here suggested and I am liking it very much, it to dry roast your grain before cooking. It makes a HUGE difference.

What I do is make a pilaf with all kinds of dry seeds, grains and beans. I dry roast my selection until you can smell them to start to get toasted. Then cook it in the water to grain ratio required. I usually use chicken stock (home made) to cook in. Then after that is cooked I fold in toasted chopped nuts and some flax seeds to the mix. It comes out great and I usually make a big batch to keep for the week to mix with the meals I make. It is great because it is not just rice. I use barley, quinoia, lintels, wild rice, white rice (I know...but I hate brown rice) and I also use bulgar. Once that is all toasted, combined and cooked, I add toasted almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sometimes pecans.

The only high glycemic ingredient in it is the white rice, but it is small because I am using so many other ingredients. The trick to it all is the dry roast. It makes all the difference in the world.

RAYT721 2011-04-11 15:55:35 -0500 Report

There are so many awesome cookbooks (check library) and websites (ie recipes here on DC) like,, and the list goes on and on. Many sites let you search by ingredients (check out although you have to register, it's worth it). You can also do simple google searches for your ingredients with the word "recipes" in the search box. I don't have any tried and true recipes with those ingredients specifically but there are many out there. I prefer websites that offer the nutritional information with the recipes to get the guess work out of the calories, fiber, carbs, fats, etc.

jayabee52 2011-04-11 14:50:51 -0500 Report

Howdy Ruth,
I just started eating quinoa. I use it with mixed vegetables to add protein to it. No particular ratio. I don't use any sauces with it either.

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