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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 232.8
  • Total Fat: 8.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.6 mg
  • Sodium: 175.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g

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Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Submitted by: SLIMKATIE
Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Introduction

Quinoa is similar to brown rice, with a higher protein content. This is a delicious side dish or light meal. Quinoa is similar to brown rice, with a higher protein content. This is a delicious side dish or light meal.
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

    1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
    1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
    1 cup Fresh Express Baby Spinach
    1 ounce feta cheese

Directions

Rinse the quinoa in a strainer. (Use a sifter if you don't have a strainer that's small enough.) In a small saucepan, add the quinoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and reduce heat to simmer until water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic in the oil until the edges of the garlic turns very light brown, being careful not to burn the garlic (reduce heat to low if necessary). When the quinoa is done cooking, add it to the skillet along with the spinach. Stir it together until the spinach wilts. Add the crumbled feta cheese and stir to combine. Makes 2 servings.

*Edit* I discovered why the calorie count was so high. The nutrition info in the database for the quinoa was completely different than what's listed on the box (for the same brand I used). So I changed the info on the quinoa, and now the nutrition info should be correct. Sorry about that!*






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  • Incredible!
    83 of 83 people found this review helpful
    Super good, added a diced tomato, diced small onion and half a veggie bouillion cube to cooking water. Will make again, MUCH better than I expected andI was expecting it to be good. - 3/27/09

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  • Very Good
    54 of 55 people found this review helpful
    This is really good! We made it in one pot to save on dishes. Sauteed garlic in oil, and then added water and quinoa right into the same pot. didn't have spinach so i added chopped broccoli, and added some cooked chicken for more protein. yummy! - 4/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
    I never tried quinoa before and was pleasantly surprized. I added sauteed shrimp to make it a meal and add spice. It was very good! - 2/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
    First off, I love quinoa so thank you! I used light feta so I could double the amount, used frozen spinach, and eliminated the olive oil, using a spray instead. I got everything at Trader Joe's and it came to under 250 calories. I might add chicken next time. - 5/20/08

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  • Very Good
    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
    Very good! Added red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, dill and a splash of lemon juice. I'm going to try it as a filling for roma tomatoes instead of ricotta. - 7/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
    This was amazing! I added sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil) as well and loved it. Couldn't wait for the leftovers! - 7/21/09

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  • Very Good
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Quinoa is a complete protein. Given that fact, it's NOT a high-calorie meal, as one of the posters commented.
    Add more vegetables (red pepper, etc.) if you need more bulk and bang for your colorie buck! - 5/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    When making this I add a poached egg on top, chopped mushrooms and onion with the garlic and call it a mewal. My daughter loves this recipe....we also make it with goat/sheep feta. - 5/21/08

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  • Very Good
    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Quinoa is a staple in our home (it's one of the few things my picky 5-year-old will eat, and we all like it). This was a very nice preparation for it. - 6/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    This is a good basic recipe that can be varried many ways. I added diced fresh tomatoes, green onions (sliced), and diced red peppers, a sprinkle of cider vinegar, fresh ground pepper and served it cold as a salad. - 8/4/09

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  • Very Good
    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I ADDED TURKEY BACON, RED ONION, AND MUSHROOMS. EXCELLENT - 8/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    This recipe made my first experience with quinoa a great one...we will have this again.
    Thanks for the recipe! - 3/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I would use chicken broth instead of water to increase the flavor. Otherwise, delicious! - 7/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    loved this recipe. used chopped broccoli. for extra flavor, quinoa can be cooked in fat-free chicken broth. a great, healthy dish that also tastes fantastic wrapped in a high-fiber tortilla. - 5/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I used low-so chicken broth, 1 whole bunch of spinach, 1 cup chopped mushrooms and 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (dried, not in oil). Also used tomato-basil feta. I might also add cubed chicken next time. it's DELISH!!! - 9/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I'm trying to eat healthier and this was an EXCELLENT side. Quinoa is a little expensive at my regular grocery store. I recommend finding a health store and buying it in bulk. As for this dish, it was pretty easy. I shredded my spinach before adding it. My picky teenager ate it with chicken. - 11/21/09

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  • Very Good
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I've never had Quinoa before so I didn't know what to expect. The recipe was very good but I used goat cheese instead of feta which gave it a lot of flavor. I also added a little bit of salt. I will definately be making this again. - 10/21/09

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    excellent flavor combination. I doubled the spinach, the garlic and the feta cheese - that puts it around 300 cal per serving - 8/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This in one of my new favourite recipes!
    I made it using organic red quinoa and a low-fat, low sodium chicken broth and added onions into the base. It was truly delicious and will be a staple in this house! - 7/1/08

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  • Very Good
    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I used bulgar wheat because I had it on hand, left the feta out because it's a strong flavor for my kids, I added spinach, black beans, and cilantro. It was very good. - 5/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    WOW! Love it - have made twice already. I like the spinach cut into small pieces & w/extra. Also glad I started the garlic only a few minutes before the quinoa was done - cooks fast. First time cooking quinoa (had to buy a sifter for it) but so glad I tried it. 2nd time added cubed/cooked chicken. - 8/7/09

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  • 8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night and it was delicious! This was my first time making quinoa and this was the perfect way to try it. As someone else also did, I made this in one pot...I cooked the onions and roasted the quinoa a bit before adding chicken broth to cook it. Excellent and so easy! - 7/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very, very tasty! I added cracked chilis to kick up the spice and I used gouda cheese instead of feta. It upped the calories a just a tad, but man, was it good! - 3/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa, and this recipe is easy and delcious. Great as a side with some balsamic chicken, and add some of the balsamic dressing to the quinoa. - 3/12/08

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Just made this for lunch. Nice color, texture and taste. Easy to make as well. For the non vegetarian portion, I added reduced-salt bacon bits (lardons nature avec 25% de sel en moins). Delicious. - 2/24/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I used lots of spinach, and it was great, especially after adding some dill. Yum! - 9/16/08

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  • Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made the quinoa in chicken broth and added some italian seasoning after trying a few bites. Definitely good but will need to add some additional spices/veggies next time...was thinking sundried tomatoes? - 7/25/08

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this. - 12/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this and added chicken tenders and turned it into a main dish. This is our new favorite recipe! Delish! - 2/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very Good, doubled the recipe and added 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes and more spinach. Also added 2 chicken breast shredded! Yum!!! - 2/18/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a great alternative for a diabetic, brown rice still causes blood sugars to rise in many people. - 2/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I haven't made this particular recipe, but make a similar one that is stuffed into bell peppers. Very, very good. To the person who commented about the high calories-- The calorie count didn't look right to me, so I looked it up. Dry quinoa has about 350 calories for half a cup. The cheese and oil w - 5/26/08

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  • 5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    quinoa is a great alternative to rice and doesn't cost as much with the rice shortages.... I will be trying this out tonight - I love feta cheese! - 5/23/08

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I added a little fresh lemon juice and a few soy nuts -- then put tomato on the side. Voila! side dish became main course! Yummy and satisfying!! - 5/22/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made with half red and half white quinoa. Great color with the green of the spinach! A-1 recipe . (ps add the fresh tomatoes for a lycopene treat.) - 1/4/10

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I've been using quinoa for breakfast only. This recipe made a great dinner item Thanks. - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Excellent dish, will make it again !! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My first time cooking with quinoa... and I loved this recipe! The sifter idea didn't work for me though. Next time I will try changing it up a bit with different veggies, maybe add some onion powder or black pepper. - 9/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this! I think next time I will try low-fat goat cheese...defintely goingto fix this one again. - 8/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very tasty! i substitued crumbly blue cheese for feta and it was fantastic! - 3/18/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    i love this recipe! though, the protein count seems a little low according to this site: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-qui
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    can anyone help me understand the breakdown better?
    thanx! - 11/17/08

    Reply from SLIMKATIE (11/21/08)
    The website you listed shows the facts for 1 CUP of quinoa. The recipe nutrition facts list the amount in 1/4 cup (1 serving of the recipe). I listed the nutrition as it was on the box of quinoa.


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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have spinach so I made this with peas and added some more seasonings since I have a bold palette. It was delicious! - 9/29/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I added red pepper flakes like many others suggested. This was my first time cooking or eating quinoa. It was very easy, I would make it again. - 8/7/08

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  • 4 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Whoa! Quinoa sure has a LOT of calories! You get like, what, half a cup cooked? No thanks, I need to get the most for my calories - 5/23/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Great health dish. My family loved it - 5/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very good and so easy. - 5/20/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    very yummy...served with grilled red peppers and balsamic chicken. Everyone enjoyed - 4/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    perfect!!! quick, easy, tasty and filling! - 4/14/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was great! I am a vegetarian and am always excited when i find a new recipe like this one. - 2/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made thi tonight and it really gave the quinoa a lovely flaver. I'm always looking for more ways to use this wonderful grain - 2/7/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    First time I'd have had quinoa, and it was good. Even the hubby liked it! - 2/3/08

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Even my husband enjoyed it - no leftovers! - 1/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was fast, easy and SO good. We've never cooked with quinoa oursleves and everyone loved it. We even used drained frozen spinach and it worked out wonderfully. - 1/8/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    this was great! It was my first time cooking with quinoa, and I liked it. I might want to add a little something extra to give it more flavor though. - 10/6/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was fantastic! I love quinoa but don't have a lot of recipes for it. A lawyer in my office had never heard of it and I gave him a taste of this recipe and he loved it, too. You have to love garlic to love this recipe. Good thing my family does! - 9/12/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    yummy, easy, and FAST! I've been looking for quick recipes to experiment with whole grains, and this one impressed both me and my omnivore girlfriend. - 9/4/07

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was actually pretty good! I have never eaten quinoa before. I really liked it. - 9/3/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 8/29/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I've used Brown Rice as a substitute---Quinoa's not available in India yet----fabulous outcome!!! - 1/4/10

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have been looking for new ways to use spinach and this recipe looks like just the thing.
    Thank you for sharing. - 1/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is so simple and so good. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is super easy to make, very flavorful and good for you too. - 8/2/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa and this was another delicious way to make it. - 7/24/09

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was an interesting recipe! I may experiment with adding some spices the next time I make it. - 5/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa, spinach, and feta, so it was obvious I would love it. Thanks, SlimKatie! - 4/25/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was my first try w/ quinoa, and I really liked it! Unfortunately, no one else in my family did. Kiddos are extremely picky though and hubby can't handle spinach in any form. But I will definitely make again for myself! - 3/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    It was great and will use this recipe many times altering with different vegetables, but still keeping the spinach and feta - 2/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Mmmm! I have wanted to try quinoa for a long time and this was a great recipe! - 2/8/09

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  • Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Despite the garlic, I found this rather bland. Next time I'm going to experiment with spices. - 12/31/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Really like the recipe and thanks for the suggestion of using the sifter to strain the quinoa. Brilliant! - 11/7/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    YUMMY! only thing I did different was I crushed the garlic instead of slicing. Tasty and healthy - 11/4/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was very good but I suggest throwing some salt into the mix. Also, a little vegetable or chicken broth would add a lot more flavor. - 7/17/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Simple, tasty, and healthy. I had a double portion for lunch and quite enjoyed it. - 7/6/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I really liked it! I used about double the spinach and had it as a main dish instead of a side. I also added red pepper flakes, which was a really nice addition. - 7/3/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this and would definetly make it again maybe with some flavored feta for a different variety. Love quinoa because my hubby is gluten intolerant and he can have it. - 6/17/08

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    LOVE, LOVE this!! YUM-O - 6/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this for lunch, it was DIVINE! Loved it. Quinoa is new to my repertoire of foods, but it was very very nice. I used a light feta, weighed it. The calorie count on here seemed high, my total was 226 with the ingredients I used. Loved it! Will definitely do this again, - 6/4/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this recipe was so great, and it was my first time cooking quinoa. my dinner guests were pleasantly surprised, as well :) - 6/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Super yummy and easy to make! My first time making quinoa and I'll definitely make it again! - 6/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My first time eating quinoa, loved it. - 5/26/08

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  • Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Simple to make, and yummy!
    - 5/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Just tried with brown rice. Yummy! I can think of a million variations :) - 5/24/08

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yummy! I make put stir fry veggies over plain quinoa and intent to make this tonight. - 8/25/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I have never tried quinoa. It will be a good option for me from brown rice. - 8/25/09

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I have a bag of quinoa in my pantry but wasn't sure how to prepare it. This recipe sounds perfect. Thanks! - 7/13/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I have all ingredients so I am going to try this recipe tonight! Thanks for sharing! :-) - 11/4/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Thanks, I bought a bag of Qweenhoa recently and have been looking for treatments! - 1/4/10

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    yum! i am making this tonight! - 1/4/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa! - 1/4/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    interestings recipe. I must try quinoa one day ! - 1/4/10

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    making it today, I keep all of that and more as staples in my home. thank you. - 12/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    keeper! - 12/6/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I've been looking for a good quinoa recipe. Getting ready to make it now! - 11/20/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I bought this stuff to make the recipe. It sounds so good - 11/5/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    great - 10/5/09

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    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Love quinoa this recipe sounds easy to make. Will be making it soon - 9/26/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Love quinoa and will share this recipe - 8/25/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    NICE - 8/25/09

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I am going to try it this week. We love quinoa. - 8/7/09

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    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    delicious - 7/23/09

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