Give oatmeal and cream of wheat a break and try some quinoa for a hearty hot cereal breakfast! Qunioa is a crowd-pleasing seed – its actually not a grain as many people think. Fluffy, light and packed with healthy stuff. Adding quinoa to your hot breakfast rotation is a smart thing to do. And your kids will fall in love with this fluffy, nutty, tender bite. Here are a few ways you can enjoy quinoa in the morning – including my recipes for Coconut Papaya Quinoa Cereal and Quinoa Cherries. Plus, find out why its so good for you!..
Quinoa is often called a super grain! OK, but it is not a grain. It’s a seed. Quinoa is gluten-free and rich in fiber and protein.
1/4 cup dry quinoa contains:
2.8 grams of fat
3 grams of fiber
6 grams of protein
plus it is a good source of phosphorus, riboflavin and iron
Quinoa is so incredibly versatile. Toss it with fresh fruit, add warm milk and cinnamon for hot cereal. Or try exotic milks to quinoa cereal like coconut, rice or hemp. You can even add some quinoa to your pancakes or morning muffins. Quinoa is also great tossed into your morning scramble. I folded some cooked quinoa into my tofu scramble for a delicious AM entree.
When you add quinoa to your morning, you’ll be adding fiber, fun and flavor. Give it a try!
And the great thing about quinoa is that you can cook a large pot of it and store it in the fridge to use and quickly re-heat when needed for a fast breakfast.
Basic “Fluffy Quinoa” Cooking Rule: Most directions call for 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water. I always reduce the water a tad – to about 1 3/4 cups for ever cup of dry quinoa. This usually gets me perfectly fluffy, not soggy quinoa. For more specific directions: How-to cook fluffy quinoa.
So today I’m featuring two quinoa breakfast recipes: Quinoa Cherries and Coconut Papaya Quinoa (below)
Recipe 1: Qunioa Cherries
1 cup cooked/chilled quinoa
1 1/2 cups pitted/halved fresh cherries
1/4 cup orange juice
Recipe 2: Coconut Papaya Quinoa
2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
3/4 cups warmed soy milk
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup of diced papaya per bowl tossed in 1/4 cup orange juice and a pinch of orange zest
dash of cinnamon over top papayas
Place cooked or re-heated quinoa in a bowl.
Add warmed milk.
Top with fresh papaya – tossed in citrus.
Dash of cinnamon.
And remember to get creative with quinoa by alternating between red, black and white quinoa varieties.
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