Quinoa, you either love it or you hate it. I’ve heard a lot of people comment that they don’t like the bitter after taste of quinoa, but I think you need to find the right recipe to enjoy this grain, which isn’t really a grain but a seed. There are hundreds of ways to cook it, as a salad, as a side dish and even as a breakfast cereal. It’s definitely worth giving it a try, it has so many health benefits: it’s loaded with fiber, minerals and protein and doesn’t contain any gluten. It has been included in the superfood group.
I’ve already shared two quinoa salad recipes in the past (Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette and Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing), but this time I have something different for you. Try it as a breakfast cereal. You cook it in milk, and add sweetener (such as stevia or honey), and once it is cooked mix in lots of berries. You can eat it warm, or make a batch to keep in the fridge and eat it cold with some extra milk (it gets thick, you’ll want to add some extra milk). I’m not writing this post because quinoa is trendy, but because I really like having this for breakfast. Honest. It has a nutty flavor, I love the texture, and it keeps me full all morning. As a variation for the topping, you can try peaches and slivered almonds.
My only recommendation is, watch the pot! You’re cooking with milk, so keep an eye on it. You don’t want to ruin your morning by having milk boil over and make a mess out of your stove.
Update: We were discussing this post with our friends, and one of them mentioned that in the procedure process I forgot to include that quinoa has to be washed (up to three times) before cooking. I have never done so, but I noticed that on the box I buy, it doesn’t ask you to wash it since it is already pre-washed to take away the saponin that makes it bitter. So, read the instruction from the particular brand of quinoa you purchase to know if you have to rinse it first, or not.
Breakfast Quinoa with Berries
Recipe adapted from DesignLoveFest
2 cups of 2% milk (or almond milk)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of honey (or 1 packet of Stevia)
pinch of salt
Honey and Berries
- Combine the quinoa, milk, honey (or stevia) and salt into a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the quinoa and milk during this time make sure it is actually just simmering and not boiling. after 15 minutes a good amount of liquid should be absorbed.
- Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir. You can continue to let the mixture simmer, with the lid off until all of the milk is absorbed. should be about 20 minutes total, but the results may vary a bit so just keep an eye on it.
- Pour onto a plate, and add a little extra milk to adjust the consistency to your preference. Add mixed berries, drizzle with honey and enjoy!
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