Quinoa in the Morning…. A Breakfast Switch

by zesty on February 10, 2012 · 3 comments

Good morning, afternoon or night! It’s Friday morning and the frost is lining the trees.  A gorgeous start to the day. What a better way to start off your day than a balanced nutritious breakfast. Wow – that sounds like something from a parenting report or a TV commercial – but you know better.

I am really just making a glorious transition into today’s post. This dish is really not in need of a recipe but I thought I would share it with you as just a different option in the morning. Some folks have cereal, others do eggs and toast, maybe some oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, pancakes or waffles – which are all great choices.

Today, I wanted to share a quinoa breakfast as an alternative to oatmeal.  Before doing so, here are some quick facts on QUINOA

Quinoa Nutrition: The most protein of any grain, great source of vitamins & minerals – iron, magnesium, Vit E, potassium, amino acids, fiber – ideal for vegetarian or vegan diets.

Cooking Quinoa: Simple to cook, like rice. Cooked quinoa looks a bit like couscous, but is more substantial and slightly crunchy.

Prep & Cook Time: 5 minutes prep, 15 minutes cook time

For the dish below, I followed the instructions on the bag/box and topped it with some fresh fruit, a few almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup.  It was actually quite tasty.  I never realized the nutritional value in Quinoa until recently.  We bought a huge bag at Costco on the weekend so it is experimental time for me.

Question of the Day:

What s your favorite way to prepare Quinoa?

 

A couple of Frosty shots

 

I hope you have a great Friday, leave a comment or hit me up on twitter or even post it on my facebook.  Looking forward to hearing all the ways to prepare quinoa.  Have a fun filled weekend and I will see you on Monday.

Take care

zesty

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1 Beverley

The pic of the single tree is wonderful!! Missed that this AM

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2 mairi

The way I usually eat quinoa is in a doufeki (a word that my cousin made up for a whole bunch of things mixed together) so when I think of quinoa, I think of it tasting like bragg. I think I will try your recipe tomorrow morning. Those were great pictures of the snow. We’re supposed to get a lot more on saturday night!

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3 Sues

I love quinoa and could definitely eat it for every meal of the day! I especially love it in a salad with veggies and feta cheese or at breakfast with honey and blackberries. This looks fantastic!

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