Friday, February 5, 2010

Food Storage Friday: Breakfast Quinoa


Here we go, embarking on another journey with quinoa, a high protein seed. The first time we tried it was for dinner, now let's try it for breakfast!


Ingredients: quinoa, dry milk, water, cinnamon, and brown sugar (and any toppings you like with your hot breakfast cereal)


Obviously, you can make this with regular milk, but using powdered milk is really only one step more. Add the water to the pot and add the powdered milk.



Stir it and then crank the heat up so it can boil.


While the milk is coming to a boil, rinse the quinoa. Now I'm not talking about a quick rinse---this deserves a serious, hands on wash! Rinse through all the quinoa seeds using your fingers and running water. Believe me, you'll regret it if you don't give these babies a good wash. Quinoa is VERY bitter before it is rinsed. The first time I made something with quinoa, Mountain Man said "is it supposed to taste like this?" Yeah, it was bad.


When the milk is boiling, add the rinsed quinoa.


Bring the mixture to boiling again, and then reduce heat to low and cover for 15 minutes.


I recommend using a larger pan.


After the fifteen minutes are up, most of the milk should be absorbed and the quinoa should be looking more translucent.


Stir in the brown sugar and the cinnamon now.




Like I said before, I recommend using a larger pan.


Cook another 8 minutes on low until all the milk is absorbed.


Top with whatever oatmeal toppings you like and eat up!

Breakfast Quinoa

adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 2 cups water

  • enough powdered milk to make 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar, plus more for serving

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving

  • Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes

  • Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries, any toppings you'd like.


Devon said...

That looks yummy. I am trying to get quinoa in our diet, but we tried the Inca Red kind the other day and it was disgusting. I do have some plain white that I'll give a shot to, though! This recipe should be the perfect way to try the white! Thanks!

Tonya said...

Thank you for this recipe, it looks yummy. I have not had the best of luck with quinoa, so I am hoping that this recipe will be a winner with the family.

Karen K. said...

I'm glad I read this post, I wouldn't have known to rinse quinoa. I'm assuming I can go ahead and use soy milk instead of regular--I'll give it a try. And thanks for a great blog. You're an inspiration!