Friday, February 17, 2012

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa




My previous quinoa post was a big hit, and I have been meaning to offer more recipes featuring this protein-packed seed. If you aren't familiar with quinoa and its superfood status, check out my Quick & Easy Quinoa Salad post for more info (you can also see how much my camera skills have evolved - haha). I hope you are convinced to try it out, and discover how enjoyable it is when prepared juuuust right.

And now, here is a quinoa-for-breakfast option! I must admit that I was skeptical at first (as you very well may be). I have always enjoyed quinoa best with a tangy vinaigrette and vegetables, and wasn't sure how it would work in a sweet, hot cereal. And honestly, on my first try, I wasn't that crazy about it. I tried it in the same fashion as I like my oatmeal - with dried fruit, such as raisins and cranberries. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this blueberry version. The fresh berries complemented the texture of the quinoa much better. This recipe is one that I thoroughly enjoyed, and am excited to share with y'all! It will leave you feeling satisfied for hours, and you will feel absolutely wonderful sharing with the people you love.


FYI: I do find this recipe time consuming for a busy weekday morning, however, it holds up nicely in the fridge, and reheats well in the microwave with some additional milk. I just made a big pot, and am pleased that I will have a quick, fresh, and healthy breakfast option for the next few mornings. I hope you try it out -- it really is a great way to start your day!

Ingredients
* 2 cups milk
* 1 cup quinoa, rinsed (very important to rinse, even if says pre-rinsed)
* 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
* 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 pint (1 cup) blueberries

Directions
* In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil by cooking over medium heat while stirring occasionally (make sure to stir the bottom, because the milk will burn if left alone).
* Add quinoa.
* Reduce heat to low.
* Cover the quinoa, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until about 3/4 of the milk has been absorbed.

* Stir in the cinnamon and sugar.
* Simmer for another 8 minutes, until nearly all of the milk has been absorbed.
* Stir in the blueberries, and take off the heat.


* Serve with more sugar, blueberries, cinnamon, and milk.


* And enjoy your tasty and satisfying breakfast... 


Recipe adapted from here.

3 comments:

  1. Yum! Great photos! I just found your blog and I'll definitely be sticking around :)

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    1. Thanks! So glad you like it! More to come :)

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  2. I actually made your quinoa salad [for the millionth time] last night for dinner! I'll definitely be trying this one too :)

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