Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Quinoa and berry breakfast!

Healthy and delicious way to start another busy day!

I have recently fallen in love with quinoa. I have used it in soups, as a side dish and most recently like grits or oatmeal for breakfast. The great thing about quinoa is it huge nutrient boost. Its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest.

With all of this in mind I have been using it when ever I can and the other day I happened upon Heidi's blog at 101 Cookbooks and saw this incredible breakfast recipe using quinoa as the base! My youngest daughter is a tough one to feed breakfast to so I am always looking for something new and healthy and my oldest daughter needs all of the energy foods she can get (with karate and figure skating she burns a lot!). I woke up a little earlier this morning and started cooking. This was a nice easy recipe and I knew how healthy it would be. The recipe easily feeds 4 so there was enough for all of us. Heidi's pictures are way better than mine so be sure to visit her blog to check out the pics!
Can you tell it was pretty early! This is the bright morning sun that shines right onto the pool.

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe (Heidi Swanson - 101 Cookbooks)

Heidi used a red quinoa here, but you can use whatever kind you like, white/buff colored seems to be the most common. Also, a few notes and tips from the book: low-fat soy milk may replace the low fat milk, blueberries may replace the blackberries, dark honey may replace the agave nectar, and walnuts may replace the pecans.

1 cup organic 1% low fat milk
1 cup water
1 cup organic quinoa, (hs note: rinse quinoa)
2 cups fresh blackberries, organic preferred
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted*
4 teaspoons organic agave nectar, such as Madhava brand

Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon; transfer to four bowls and top with pecans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon agave nectar over each serving.

Serves 4.

*While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in a 350F degree toaster oven for 5 to 6 minutes or in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Peter M said...

This is coolio, i've only seen quinoa in savory dishes until now.If it tastes good and is healthy, why not?

Thistlemoon said...

This looks great Judy! I like eating buckwheat (kasha) for breakfast as well in a similar way!

test it comm said...

I like the sound of this quinoa dish!

grace said...

quinoa rocks. it's a tragedy that it's taken most of us so long to discover it. ten points for you for a hearty, delicious breakfast!

Anonymous said...

The quinoa breakfast looks delicious. I am impressed with how you spend time looking for healthy meals your children will like.
Good job!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Thanks Peter-Love the new words!

Hey Jenn-I've never tried that one!

Get to the store Ben!

Hi Kevin this quinoa dish is really good.

Thanks Grace...I like getting points!

Hey Pam-Oh you have no idea the time I spend (waste) looking for ways to keep them healthy!

glamah16 said...

I like Quiona, I just never thiught of it as breakfast food.Need to explore that.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hi Glamah-It's a very, very yummy breakfast food!