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Breakfast Quinoa

Monday, April 12, 2010

I got on kind of quinoa kick after the santé fe quinoa I made for Easter. So I decided to try the breakfast quinoa recipe I have been meaning to try for at least a month now. Most of my meals take only about 15 minutes, so if they take longer than that I tend to put them off.

What I didn't want to put off is buying some more spinach. I knew I was going to be making green monsters all week so I got a giant bag.

I decided to try one with greek yogurt instead of milk or water.

It was creamier than usual, but it didn't really add much in the flavor department.

But anyway, back to the breakfast quinoa!

Breakfast quinoa is basically swapping quinoa for oatmeal. It is higher in protein and fiber so it is a good way to switch things up, especially if you’re getting sick of oatmeal.

The recipe was inspired by Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point, of course. You can scroll down to see the original recipe here.

But, this is what I did.

1/3 cup raw quinoa
1/4 cup milk
1 banana, sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Put 2/3 cup of water and the quinoa in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn heat down to medium, cover and let simmer for 12-15 minutes until the water has been absorbed.

After it is done cooking add the rest of the ingredients except for the brown sugar.

Cook on medium low, stirring constantly until the banana is mostly melted and the milk has evaporated (about 5 minutes).

Plate and top with brown sugar

First off, let me say the taste was alright and the smell was FANTASTIC. I absolutely love the smell of cooked bananas and cinnamon. The texture to me was just horrible though. It would be perfect if you like your oatmeal mushy. I am toying with either making it again and just using oats, or possibly adding some slivered or sliced almonds to it, to try and give it a better texture.

Have I convinced you to try any quinoa recipes yet?
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