1.15.2011

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

A number of years back, my best crunchy granola friend introduced me to this weird word...  Quinoa.

Keen-wah.

and i'm all, 'huh?'  and she's all 'dude.'

turns out that its like rice and couscous and all that stuff, but healthy!  like, you know how when you are dieting and people are all 'no white anything!  no rice!'?  turns out quinoa is generally allowed.

and so i made some.
and made some more.

but it seemed that i could never make quinoa with enough flavor.  didnt understand why, when i go out and get a quinoa salad it was awesome but when i made it at home?  a bit blah.

But then a few weeks ago, i'm reading tumblr.  at least i think it was tumblr... and someone mentioned making breakfast quinoa instead of oatmeal.  and mentioned how they cooked it in milk instead of in water.  and so now i'm all 'thats a different idea...'  but i googled and, turns out, not all that unusual of an idea...  huh.  who knew?

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(however, it is unusual enough that my spell check keeps giving me little red squiggly lines under quinoa.  also, i think quinoa might be one of my top 10 words...  especially given the number of times i've written it above...)


Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa
courtesy of me
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1 c quinoa, rinsed
1 c skim milk
1 c water
2 tbsp honey
1 cinnamon stick

1/2 c blueberries

sugar & powdered cinnamon (optional)

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Place quinoa, milk, water, honey & cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce to an easy simmer, cover and cook ~ 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed.  (Take care that liquid is not bubbling over the sides - i used a 2 qt saucepan and mine did...)

Note:  yes, i know that the traditional way to make quinoa is to boil the liquids first and then add the grain but this works just fine too and takes less paying attention...

Once all liquid is absorbed, stir in blueberries & remove from heat.  Carefully remove cinnamon stick (it will be hot)

top with a pinch of sugar & a couple of shakes of cinnamon, if desired.

best eaten immediately, but can be divided out into individual servings (i got 3 servings out of mine) and microwaved the next morning.  (about 1 - 1.5 minutes, mixing once.  If it seems dry at the mixing point, add a splash of milk in and it will get creamy all over again)

3 comments:

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

When i tried to cook quinoa it was inedible, even the chickens turned up their beaks, but your recipe looks tempting, I might just give it another try!

Love Cynic said...

Dude! Quinoa is like, the best! This is definitely getting made this weekend. Think soymilk would work as well as regular milk?

For normal quinoa, I usually add a cube of veggie bouillon to the cooking water. Not recommended for your breakfast recipe of course, but a good way of adding more flavor if you are using it for a savory dish.

kristen said...

S, I've seen recipes that use almond milk, so I'm thinking soy would work too...

Even with broth, it still always seems blah to me... I like it much better sweet, I think...

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