Friday, February 7, 2014

Breakfast Quinoa

I'm obsessed with Oatmeal, but I've recently discovered Breakfast Quinoa :P



I will always have a love for my oatmeal, but this adds a good variety so I usually switch up throughout the week.  

Don't know what Quinoa is?  It is a grain that is also a complete protein and has a crunchy texture.  It can be used as a side dish with your dinner or in this case as a replacement to your morning cup of oatmeal.  Since it is a protein and a grain you don't have to add protein powder or egg whites to your breakfast.  1 bowl and you are done.  Some quinoa has to be rinsed because of the coating that is on it, but some come pre-rinsed, which is what I get so I don't have that extra step!

Ingredients:
1 cup organic quinoa, rinsed
~ Or buy pre-rinsed
2 cups water or almond, rice, or skim milk
1 tsp vanilla optional

Options for flavoring (Choose one or more):

4 tsp honey, maple syrup, or stevia
1 tbsp peanut butter
Cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Options to top with (Choose one or both):

Chopped nuts
Fresh berries

Add for extra nutrition:
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
1 Tbsp Wheat Germ
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Directions:

1.  Combine water or milk, and quinoa in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat.
2.  Reduce heat to medium low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes.
3.  Stir in extras and toppings.


I make enough for the entire week and refridgerate it. Then I just heat it up in the microwave and add my toppings each morning.