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  •  Bean or rice noodles are highly processed food (3+ / 0-)
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    DawnN, gramofsam1, begone

    products. Quinoa on the other hand is a whole food (seed actually) with many nutrients (including amino acids) which bean or rice noodles will not supply.

    Again, this is a complicated issue.

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      Fe Bongolan

      That is some good additional perspective. But I can't imagine that quinoa is nutritionally unique to the degree that essential nutritients it contains can't be provided by other foods.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:29:27 AM PST

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      •  The thing that makes quinoa unique is that it is a (4+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, Jakkalbessie, peregrine kate, Joieau

        complete protein. So for those seeking to reduce their meat consumption but have a fear of not getting enough protein quinoa is a plant-derived alternative unique in its nature. Rice combined with beans is also a complete protein. But to achieve this with one food source is unique. But on top of that, quinoa is rich in vitamins (especially B-2 or riboflavin), amino acids, and minerals (iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium). It is also a good source of gluten-free fiber for those who need it, again, making it a very unique food source nutritionally.

        It's easy to see why so many people want to eat this stuff!

        •  I have taken to using quinoa (2+ / 0-)
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          in my black bean veggieburgers. Along with the beans, rolled oats and veggies. Gives that little bit of meaningful 'crunch' in a fried or grilled burger that the kids and grandkids love.

          Do use egg to help it adhere. Have a couple of Pekin ducks, they lay 2-4 eggs a day. Duck eggs are higher in albumin and protein than chicken eggs, so people who have food sensitivities can more likely prove allergic. I always ask before serving, sort of like when I use peanuts or peanut oil. At an informal get-together, you just might end up poisoning somebody! That's a bad thing... §;o)

          •  Joieau - duck eggs are very trendy (1+ / 0-)
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            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:46:04 PM PST

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            •  I like 'em fine! (3+ / 0-)
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              Spousal Unit won't touch 'em, and he's got those ducks so spoiled you can't believe it. Always been finicky. So far, only #1 grandson's girlfriend is bad allergic, but bad enough that I know to warn people.

              I've found that if I whip the eggs with my immersion blender before cooking scrambled, omelet, etc. or baking, the albumin tends to break down more. Add a little milk when blending, it helps. There's no cure for protein, and duck eggs are packed! Thicker, harder shells than chicken eggs, they're good for 6 weeks once refrigerated. And are actually better digestible when they're older.

              Got those yellow peeps for our youngest grandkids last Easter, figured I might be lucky and have one live long enough to be a good watch-critter for chickens. Now I don't need chickens (more duck eggs than anybody needs), and the ducks think they're dogs. Because they have dog guardians, I guess. They're really great fun, we're installing a pond now (it never ends...).

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