Friday, August 29, 2008

Breakfast Quinoa Meal

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Quinoa is a source of complete protein, making it a staple in many vegetarian pantries, like mine. I normally cook a batch and use it in many different ways. Sometimes I have it like a couscous, mixed with vegetables, other times I'll have it instead of rice. It's great for stuffing vegetables too. I even made muffins and breads with it.

I don't put much effort on cooking breakfast, normally I eat a banana, or a fruit smoothie. And lots of good coffee, please... But I often have cooked quinoa in the fridge and so I make this when I want to have something warm and hearty. Another option would be the good old oatmeal, but I find this quinoa version easier (if you have the grains cooked already) and lighter than a bowl of oats. The good news is that is just as healthy, if not healthier.

The toppings I use depend on what I have in my pantry and fridge. I used blueberries and hazelnuts for the one pictured here. Sometimes I use walnuts, dried fruits, sliced bananas, Brazil nuts, pretty much anything goes.

Quinoa Meal Recipe:

To cook the quinoa, bring 1 cup of water plus 1 cup of quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cooked until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes.

To make the breakfast quinoa-meal, put together some of the cooked quinoa (about 1/4 cup per portion), milk, a pinch of salt bring it to a simmer. Cook until desired consistency, just as you would with oatmeal. To sweeten it, you can use maple syrup (my choice), honey, brown sugar, agave nectar....

Top with your choice of fruits and nuts. If I am using dry fruits, I cook it together so they can soak up the liquid.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love quinoa and this looks like a fabulous idea ;)

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