Tasty Tuesday: Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

We eat a lot of Quinoa at our house. In addition to being a healthy source of protein, it’s quick cooking and super versatile. Although instead of just reserving it for dinner time, I’ve started making a breakfast porridge with it. If you have never made quinoa before, you prepare it similar to how you prepare other grains such as rice or steel cut oats; by simmering in water. I find a two to one ratio works best; 2 cups of water per one cup of quinoa. Some recipes will call for less water, although it’s probably a matter of personal preference as to how ‘soft’ you like your quinoa. I often prepare a large batch of quinoa early on in the week and then use it throughout the week in a variety of ways. You can serve quinoa hot or cold depending on the dish.

dry quinoa

How to cook quinoa:

Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add one cup of dry quinoa. Once it boils, reduce to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

Now comes the fun part, deciding what add-ins to use to make a yummy and healthy breakfast porridge. Here are some ideas for a vegan porridge to get you started:

-top with mixed fresh berries such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries

-add coconut milk, cinnamon, raisins, and a little maple syrup

-add cooked, cubed sweet potatoe, cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, almond milk, and honey (this is one of my favorite breakfasts before a long run)

-add a bit of coconut oil, shredded coconut, and raisins

-I have even added some vegan chocolate chips when serving to the kids

-another idea is while simmering your quinoa you can add nuts, seeds, or dried fruit to it. For example walnuts, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries make a yummy combination.

-while quinoa is simmering you can add diced apple and walnuts, then once it’s done cooking add cinnamon and sugar

-often when serving quinoa breakfast porridge I will add a spoonful of hemp seed or ground flax seed for nutritional value. It doesn’t alter the taste, but does boost the nutritional content.

cooked quinoa with home-canned peaches in it...yummers!

Similar to serving oatmeal, you can be as creative as you want with flavoring your quinoa porridge. Experiment and have fun making quinoa porridge for your family!

-Sarah

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