Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Warm Breakfast Quinoa

"While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom."  -- PhilipWhite

While I don't know who this researcher, Philip White, is, I'm sure he knows what he's talking about.

I'm all about healthy whole grains.  I think in my cupboard I've got polenta, cous cous, quinoa, oats, barley, brown rice and whole wheat flour...And along with that I've got so many legumes and pulses, different beans, different lentils.  Good carbs, guys, good carbs.
Quinoa is high in protein, fibre, magnesium, iron etc etc.  Fun fact: according to wkipiedia "Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possicle crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long diration human occupied spaceflights."

Quinoa is not only very healthy and a fun word to say, it's tasty and versatile as well.  You can eat it in salads, simply cooked then tossed with vegetables and a nice dressing.  Put it in cookies, muffins.  Or here, eat it as porridge.  Treat it as your normal oatmeal really, add honey, cinnamon, berries, bananas, chocolate.  Whatever it is that you do that makes your oatmeal so special.

Total time: 20 min  Serves: 2-4  Suitable for: that big boost of nutrition in the morning 

2 cups of milk
1 cup of quinoa
2 tbsp honey

Put the quinoa and milk in a pan and bring it up to a boil, then turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until most of the milk has been absorbed.  Mix in honey, raisins and walnuts.

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