Breakfast Quinoa

Getting sick of oats and cereal for breakfast? Try a bowl of breakfast Quinoa (pronounce Keen-wah) instead. This versatile little grain has a delicious nutty flavor, has more of a bite than oatmeal, and is highly nutritious – it is complete protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), and high in magnesium, fiber and copper. Still not convinced? Read more about the benefits here.

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Serving size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (white, red or a mix of both)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup non dairy milk (I used coconut milk) + additional milk for drizzling
  • Large handful of chopped/toasted nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)
  • Large handful of seeds (I used pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)
  • Tablespoon of milled flaxseeds and goji berries (optional)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Rinse quinoa under water for a few minutes (this removes the bitter coating – called saponin )
  2. Bring water and quinoa to boil and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes until water is almost absorbed
  3. Side note: If you only want one serving, set aside three-quarter of the quinoa now
  4. Add your choice of non-dairy milk and simmer until quinoa is super soft and delicious (you can add more or less non-dairy milk depending on your preference, I prefer mine super soft)
  5. Top with nuts, seeds, milled flaxseeds and goji berries, cinnamon and salt.
  6. Eat and enjoy the rest of your day

* Cook a big batch of Quinoa ahead of time and enjoy quinoa all week.

* Cooked quinoa keeps in the fridge for several days, simply heat up quinoa in the morning with non-dairy milk

* Experiment with different combinations of toppings: fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas) and sweeteners (pureed dates, brown sugar, maple syrup).

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