Breakfasts

Warm Apple-Almond Quinoa

Warm apple-almond-quinoa has recently become one of my favourite morning start-offs. As the summer months emerge, I am rapidly loosing my craving for my typical morning oatmeal porridge, which really does sustain me through the dreary winter months and gets me going. However, instead, I crave something equally as sustaining, equally as nutritious, but much lighter-not as filling.

 

Hmmmm???

I had been recently experimenting with various ways to use quinoa and used it for risottos, gratins and various things for dinner. I had never thought about using it for breakfast until about 10 das ago when I was making my morning milkshake with almond milk.

 

What if I just cooked the quinoa in almond milk?

Of course I then added cinnamon, berries, raisons, a few roasted almonds, pecans and sweetened it ever so slightly with maple syrup. It is something in between an oatmeal porridge and a Swiss müsli. However one wishes to describe it, it certainly hit the spot and has become our perfect way to start the day! We have had this every morning since then.

P.S. I have this awful habit of becoming obsessed once have found something that I like. I must -simply must try to temper this. So, next week, I will try something else.

Warm Apple-Almond Quinoa 

  • 1 cup of quinoa
    ¾ cup of almond milk
    1 apple-shredded or sliced
    1/3 cup of toasted nuts (I used a mixture of pecans and almonds)
    ½ cup of raisons or cranberries
    1 tps. cinnamon
    1 tsp. maple syrup (or more depending on taste)
  • For sprinkling:
    2 tsp. of goji berries optional

Wash the quinoa thoroughly with warm water. Pour ½ a cup of the almond milk into a saucepan and place on medium heat. Add the rinsed quinoa and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the shredded apples, and nuts and cook until the mixture becomes thick and rings begin to appear around each grain.  The cooking time will depend on what type of quinoa you are using. Now add the cinnamon, and maple syrup to taste. Sprinkle each serving with  goji beries if desired and serve as is. OR if you jsut happen to have a papaya hanging around, slice it in half lenghtwise, take out the seeds and spoon in the quinoa-lovely combination I tell you!!!.