Syns in Quinoa

Discussion in 'Syn Values' started by morshield, 7 April 2014.

  1. morshield

    morshield Active Member

    Anyone know if quinoa is free on EE? Can't find info anywhere. Thanks.
  2. NumNumPigsBum

    NumNumPigsBum "The Stig" Pig

    From what I can see its free on EE and green, synned on red :

    quinoa 100g made as directed 7 syns on redquinoa 100g dried 19 1/2 syns

  3. The only book I have to hand is a bit old (the one with the green heart-shaped lime on the cover) , but quinoa is listed in that in the syns listings at the back under rice, pasta and grains (in my book, page 60) where it says that it is free on green and EE and is 2 syns per 28g cooked weight on red.
  4. twinniemum

    twinniemum Well-Known Member

    Yes, Quinoa is FREE on EE and Green. It's 4.5 Syns for 25g dry/ 7 Syns per 100g cooked on Original.
  5. Catrina

    Catrina Well-Known Member

    I thought it had to be synned so I found a free alternative. Bulgar wheat is pretty much exactly the same (I cant find a difference anyway!)

    You just put it in boiling water for half an hour until it soaks it up and then it's ready to eat.

    I crumble a veg stock cube into it to give it some taste and then put chunks of cucumber, peppers, red onion, grated carrot etc and eat it cold. It's really refreshing and filling too!
  6. susana78

    susana78 Well-Known Member

    I love quinoa, and bulgur wheat, but cook mine (bulgur)only for 5/7m. Doesnt need to much cooking, i cook it together with cabage or brocoli, to substitute rice. And is it free, full of fibre and quinoa full of protein. Nice staff...
  7. siobhanp77

    siobhanp77 Member

    Anyone know what the syn value of the Merchant Gourmet precooked Quinoa is? I'm assuming it has one as it has oil in it. I know that a whole pack of it is no more than 10g of olive oil, which is 0.73 tablespoons - so about 1.5 syns in the whole pack if that's all I'm measuring - but just wanted to check if it's as simple as that!
  8. breeza

    breeza Well-Known Member

    This was the only one I could find

    Merchant gourmet red & white quinoa ready to eat 250g pouch

    G & EE 6.5
    O 25.5
  9. siobhanp77

    siobhanp77 Member

    That's the one breeza - thank you. I normally have 1/4 of a pack in my salad, so about 1.5ish syns. That's fine and saves the hassle of cooking it myself (and cleaning the strainer - impossible!)
  10. i_am_plankton

    i_am_plankton Well-Known Member

    I microwave dried Quinoa with veg stock for about 8 or 9 minutes total, fluffing it up every 2 or 3 minutes as we go. Comes out nice and no straining and free :)
  11. siobhanp77

    siobhanp77 Member

    Oh great idea i_am_plankton, thank you!

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