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Quinoa Convert?

I feel like a poser dietitian when I say I’m not quinoa’s biggest fan. There, I said it. I’ve said it before…quinoa doesn’t didn’t impress me. HOWEVER, I think this is because of how I’ve prepared quinoa…not a distaste for the grain itself. Since savory quinoa didn’t tickle my fancy, I chose to try a different route…in the form of baked goods 🙂

Dare I say that after this recipe, I’m looking forward to making quinoa a star in upcoming recipes!

I’m a quinoa convert!

Lemon-Quinoa-Poppy Seed Bread from Recipes by Mo

Part one:
1/2 cup quinoa
juice of one lemon + water to make 1 cup

Part two:
1 cup white whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Part three:
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
5 tsp honey
1/4 cup flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp water)
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp canola oil


Preheat the oven to 325º F.

Rinse the quinoa well. Then, zest a lemon and juice it into a measuring cup, and then add as much water as needed to make 1 cup of liquid. Boil the quinoa and the lemon water for a couple of minutes, then cover and turn off the heat. Leave it there while you prep the rest of the recipe.

In a large bowl combine all of part two. In another bowl, combine all of part three. When the quinoa’s ready, add it to part three, then add all of that to part two. Pour into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 30 minutes, then let cool on a rack. Serves 8.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 208 calories; 6 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 9 mg. sodium; 35.8 g. carbohydrate; 3.4 g. fiber; 3.1 g. protein

Result: Delicious! Who doesn’t love lemon poppyseed bread? Bonus points for adding in multiple whole grains! Mr. Prevention was diggin’ the bread, too. I’ve caught his fingers in the loaf a few times 😉

I think I’ve finally caught up with a lot of you…most of you! I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere as of late…I’ve just been enjoying life and refuse to make blogging a chore — it’s supposed to be fun! I’ve sure gathered a whole slew of new recipes to try from you guys…mucho gracias!!!

Today is my long day, so I will catch you all tomorrow with a post on BONE health per Morgan’s request 😀 I’m actually learning a LOT about bone health in my new job…way more than I have in previous work experiences, anyways!

Question: Do you like quinoa? What’s your favorite way to prepare it? Lots of thank-you-in-advances for recipe linkage! 😉

Wednesday already….weee!!! Off for some yoga before work 😀

Much love,

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  1. September 8, 2010 / 6:28 am

    No eggs?! I like quinoa with veggies and feta. This recipe sounds great!

  2. September 8, 2010 / 6:48 am

    I agree with you. Quinoa, savory, is just not that great. It has this weird fishy flavor and smell. I’ll HAVE to try this one, esp since I’ve got all the lemons I want from my lemon tree! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. September 8, 2010 / 7:06 am

    I LOVE quinoa! IN fact, just last night my mom had me stop over at the house and pick up a quinoa salad that the neighbors had dropped off. I was in HEAVEN. THis salad had dill, dill pickles, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and something else that I couldn’t figure out. But I know it was the best salad I have had in a very long time. Quinoa is so versatile and delicious!

  4. September 8, 2010 / 7:29 am

    Yum! I agree with you– quinoa is all about the way you cook it. My first few times, I made it just like rice, plain with water– ummm, no thanks!

  5. September 8, 2010 / 7:34 am

    I have to agree with you Nicole! I am not a big fan of quinoa either, however this looks really good. Looks like I have a new recipe to try!

  6. September 8, 2010 / 7:55 am

    I love quinoa in a savory dish, but this sounds so good. I really like the texture of quinoa so I can see loving it in baked goods.

  7. September 8, 2010 / 8:26 am

    I really need to try this because I need to be converted too! I’ve never liked quinoa, but I also think it’s b/c of the way I was preparing it. This sounds like a winner!

  8. September 8, 2010 / 8:54 am

    I like quinoa, but I’ve never thought to bake with it!!!!! I love lemon poppy seed bread/muffins, so I must make this!!!

  9. September 8, 2010 / 9:04 am

    I have bookmarked a recipe for sprouted quinoa bread for months! Now I must make it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. September 8, 2010 / 9:52 am

    Yum, I’m definitely making this instead of my usual batch of banana oat muffins this weekend. I like that quinoa is bland on it’s own…makes it very easy to sneak into recipes for extra fiber and protein.

  11. September 8, 2010 / 10:24 am

    I am a big fan of quinoa, but I’ve always used in a savory dish, as you say. I don’t bake often, but I think I’ll make an exception and make this bread. It looks delicious, and talk about a nutritious bread!

  12. September 8, 2010 / 10:28 am

    Oh my goodness – I LOVE quinoa and definitely lemon poppyseed bread! I’ve never heard of adding quinoa to bread, but I do love that idea. I made a quinoa dinner last night, too!

  13. September 8, 2010 / 11:11 am

    I love quinoa but have never baked with it!

    I haven’t had lemon poppy seed bread in years because sadly I am allergic to poppy seeds now. I wonder how this would taste without it?

    Also, is that the equivalent of 1 egg?

  14. September 8, 2010 / 12:11 pm

    Wow thats a nice way to use quinoa,looks perfectly done and yummy too…

  15. September 8, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    I love quinoa. I eat it all the time, with pretty much anything. But I made a chocolate cake with it a little while ago, and it was probably the best thing I’ve ever made. It was awesome!

  16. September 8, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    I still have yet to try quinoa, but now with all of these wonderful recipes, I may just have to give it a whirl!

  17. September 8, 2010 / 1:33 pm

    I like regular quinoa much better than red quinoa. I prepared it just like you would rice and just add some seasoning to it! I’ve also tried quinoa taboulleh which was amazing (served cold). I need to experiment more but I definitely like it!

  18. September 8, 2010 / 1:44 pm

    I’ve been trying quinoa in a variety of ways over the past few months and this recipe looks awesome! I actually made Lemon Chia seed muffins last month and it would be cool to try it with this recipe instead!

  19. September 8, 2010 / 2:22 pm

    I made quinoa stuffed peppers last night and they were fabulous!! I liked them better than the standard meat and rice filled peppers. I’m eating leftover stuffing right now, in fact!

  20. September 8, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    I love the way you used quinoa in this recipe. What a great idea. I have had mostly savory quinoa recipes. It is definitely one of my favorite grains.

  21. September 8, 2010 / 4:36 pm

    I love quinoa! But I don’t make it nearly as often as I should. I love eating in a cold quinoa salad the best. I had no idea you could make it into a bread!! That recipe looks awesome!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. September 8, 2010 / 9:49 pm

    I’m so glad you shared this, it sounds incredible! I just recently started eating and experimenting with quinoa. So far my favorite way to eat it is in quinoa corn cakes (like pancakes, but made with corn meal and quinoa). I’ve got to try this bread, it will probably be my new favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. September 8, 2010 / 9:59 pm

    I made quinoa once as a side dish and never made it again. The bread looks good though — might have to give it a try.

  24. September 9, 2010 / 9:49 am

    I’ve never even thought about using quinoa in a sweet dish instead of savory. It’s always good to give ingredients another chance even if you don’t like em the first time around!

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