Coming out of the Andean region of the continent of South America, quinoa grain is best thought of as a type of grain-like crop whose primary use is based on its edible seeds. It is a species of goosefoot, and it is not a member of the grass family, which also makes it a kind of pseudo-cereal as opposed to a true cereal. Historically, the Incas knew of this crop, and as a result quinoa grain has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Its edible seeds have basically two types of purpose: They may either be ground up into flour, or they can just as easily be cooked. Here are three foods that can have the quinoa grain.
Soups are a food that can contain the quinoa grain; it all depends on your personal tolerance for quinoa. The taste of quinoa grain is generally along the lines of a nutty and light flavor, making it quite inoffensive as an ingredient in many kinds of foods. Here is an example of quinoa grain in soup:
Fill a crockpot half full with vegetable broth. Add a hand ful of quinoa grain as you turn the heat on high. Add dry brown rice, a small amount of wild rice, a handful of mixed beans, chopped celery and carrot, salt for seasoning and black pepper. After you allow this to simmer for the better part of the day, you will obtain a nice, quinoa grain-infused soup that is ready for a dinner meal.
Salads can just as easily contain the quinoa grain, and this demonstrates not only the versatility of this pseudo-cereal, but also its adaptable taste that makes it useful in a host of foods. Cook the quinoa grains ahead of time, and store them in the fridge. Due to its similarity to rice, you can cook quinoa grain as you would rice, by boiling it in a pot of water on the stove. If you're making a salad with many vegetables, then steam your vegetables such as carrots and mixed greens for about five minutes. Chop up the other vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers. Mix together lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil to make a basic dressing, and pour it onto the mixture of quinoa grains and assorted vegetables.
Veggie burgers that incorporate the quinoa grain are an effective though stealthy way of getting people to try it for the first time. All you do is dry-roast spices like cumin and coriander in a non-stick pan for five minutes. Combine the dry-roasted spices in a food processor along with cooked quinoa grains, hummus, flour, tomato paste, soy sauce, thyme, basil, paprika, garlic powder, brown rice powder, salt and pepper. After blending, chill the mixture for an hour in the refrigerator. Finish up the process by forming the mix into patties and frying them in oil in a medium-hot pan.