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If you MUST, soak it and sprout it. Eat it as a treat. But it's not really primal. I think it's pretty bad, actually. Used to eat it everyday and gave me digestion problems. Most of it came out undigested.
well I just found some red black and white quinoa at the health food shop and thought I'd give it a go (even though no its not really primal but I had heard it was somewhat better than having rice etc) Dreadful stuff really - just a soggy mess. Not impressed, have thrown the rest of the bag out.
The primary evils are sugar, PUFA, and grains that haven't been fermented/soaked.
Quinoa isn't a grain, and has no gluten. Supposedly its protein has been shown to induce reactions in celiacs, but aside from that, if it's the worst thing you're eating, you're doing great. Granted, I tend to think that the quality of carbohydrates matters more than just the sheer number of them, and quinoa is most certainly a quality carb.
That said...quinoa is so goddamn annoying to cook with. When I try to strain them out after soaking, half of the batch ends up floating in my sink.
i really enjoy quinoa, and have had great success with it, especially in breakfast form. here is my recipe for quinoa breakfast cereal. if you enjoy oatmeal, you'll like this. no need to strain after cooking, it will absorb the liquid as it cooks. this digests really well for me, too, and i have a very sensative gut. you can use coconut milk if you're not into dairy. give quinoa a try, it could be a good "special occasion treat" for you. http://eatthecookie.wordpress.com/20...akfast-cereal/