Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

Feb
12
2014

Start Your Day Off Sweet: Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

This morning, Think outside the breakfast cereal box

I am a very early morning person, which has its pros and cons. On the positive side, I am incredibly productive and get a lot done before ten in the morning. On the negative side, if I don't have a proper breakfast, I'm dizzy, glassy-eyed, and comatose by ten in the morning. The solution, of course, is to eat a breakfast that incorporates protein and fibre for that long-lasting feeling of fullness and satiety.

We all know that quinoa is a complete protein, one beloved by vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten-free. It's also a superfood that is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. So why not eat it for breakfast?

I know what you're thinking: quinoa for breakfast? And I agree, I was skeptical at first. I do love quinoa; I love it in salad form and as a main dish, but I hadn't thought of it as a breakfast item. Try this recipe and you'll be glad you did: even on busy weekday mornings, it's an easy breakfast to throw together. Plus, it's delicious, and it will keep you going until lunchtime.

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup almond milk (substitute in dairy, soy, or coconut if allergies are a concern)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup
 

  In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and maple syrup. 

  Serve topped with fresh berries, chopped apple, or dried fruit. Add more sweetener if desired. 

  Enjoy your day! 

Yield: 2 servings

Nutritional Information, per serving, based on 2 servings: Calories 203, Fat 7 grams, Total Carbohydrates 62 grams, Fibre 7 grams, Protein 13 grams

Want a breakfast full of protein and fibre in a flash? Watch me whip up Breakfast Quinoa here:

Want more healthy breakfast ideas? Try my Maple Coconut Granola, Overnight Coconut French Toast, or my Easy Tropical Green Smoothie.