5 min. 15 min.
I hate quinoa. I should say I hate the flavor of plain quinoa. By itself, it is not only uninteresting, but tastes too strong for me to eat alone. But since becoming pregnant (yes, I’m going to have a baby!!), I have gotten pretty tired of eating eggs every day for breakfast to reach my recommended amount of daily protein. So I have started trying various preparations of quinoa as an alternative. And folks, we have a winner!
This version of breakfast quinoa is simple, quick, tasty, filling, and covers up the quinoa flavor quite nicely. It utilizes my favorite summer fruit – blueberries! – and magically transforms a super-healthy protein-packed whole grain into a sweet, decadent breakfast food! My 4-year-old
daughter didn’t seem to even notice that she wasn’t eating oatmeal.
Now, don’t write this recipe off just because it’s quinoa! Like I mentioned before, I don’t particularly like the stuff by itself. But a little cinnamon and vanilla can work wonders, even with something inherently boring on its own. I dare you to try this for breakfast! One quick tip first: quinoa is usually cheaper if you can buy it in bulk. I tried to buy some at a regular chain grocery store a few weeks ago and the price per pound was astronomical! But at a store with a good selection of bulk foods, such as Winco or Sprouts, you may be able to get it for half as much per pound. I like to stock up when it’s on sale and sneak it into vegetarian rice dishes to add a boost of protein. What’s your favorite way to use quinoa?
Blueberry Cinnamon Quinoa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 cup quinoa
1 – 2 Tbsp honey (brown sugar would work too)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh sieve. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and honey in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir to distribute the honey, reduce heat to low, and simmer covered for 15 minutes. If the water is not absorbed, cook an additional 5 minutes. Alternately, cook in a rice cooker using the standard instructions for white rice.
Serve with milk, berries, nuts, or whatever else makes you happy at breakfast time!