Breakfast Quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa
Everywhere you look today, there are articles, food products, and talk of eating gluten free.  More and more people are discovering that they have gluten intolerance and are eliminating or greatly limiting the foods they eat containing wheat. Luckily, I have no problem with gluten-loaded foods, and I am the first to grab a bagel or muffin to go along with my morning coffee.  But every once in a while I cook up a batch of Breakfast Quinoa when I am feeling the need for a different sort of hot breakfast.

Quinoa is a protein rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.  Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.  It cooks in a similar manner as rice.   Along with the many other gluten free foods available, quinoa and a less gluten diet seem to have the following health benefits:

•Weight loss

•Better energy

•Better sleep

•Clearer complexion

•Better mood

•Reduced joint pain

With school starting next week, who doesn't need a better mood and more energy to get though the day.  Shake up your morning and give Breakfast Quinoa a try.

Breakfast Quinoa

Any leftover quinoa can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the microwave for about 1 minute on 70% power before serving.

serves 2

1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
1/2 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cups water or milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup dried fruits (such as apricots, cranberries, raisins), chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar

In a medium sized saucepan, add almonds, quinoa, water or milk, cinnamon, and salt.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.  Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed (just like when cooking rice).  Remove from heat and stir to fluff.

To serve, place about 1 cup of the cooked quinoa in a bowl and top with 1/4 cup of the dried fruits, about 2 teaspoons of butter and a tablespoon of the brown sugar. 


dena said...

Sounds so yummy ... never ever thought to have quinoa for breakfast. All those years wasted. Trying a batch tomorrow. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Anonymous said...

hi! im a teen girl and i just found your wesbite and went through so many pages your food looks delicious, me and my dad are going to try cooking some this weekend. just wanted to say thanks so much for the recipies :]

amycaseycooks said...

hey anonymous! thanks for stopping by my blog. let me know which recipes you try and have fun cooking with your Dad.