Cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl

 

If you saw what I eat for breakfast every day, you would be so bored. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my daily eggs & avocado, but lately I’ve been trying to switch things up just because I think change is good every once in awhile. Especially if that change means another excuse to smother things in peaches.

This one is inspired by all of those beautiful breakfast bowls of oatmeal that I see all over the internet. You know the ones – they’re chock full of colorful fruit and other various superfoods. They’re so pretty that they make me wish I liked oatmeal… so finally I had this idea to make a sweet non-oat quinoa bowl for breakfast.

This base of this recipe is the quinoa that is lightly sweetened by cooking it in almond milk with a few cinnamon sticks. It’s this simple: Almond Breeze + quinoa + whole cinnamon sticks. You could also get creative with your spices. Nutmeg, cardamom, and/or vanilla bean would all be welcome here

To your spiced quinoa, add whatever seasonal or dried fruits you like. Obviously, peaches are my thing right now, the raspberries are for Jack because they’re his favorite. For crunch, I topped these with toasted almonds and coconut flakes.

I’m going to give you two options of how to serve these bowls because Jack and I both have different preferences. Because I have a thing about mushy food, I like my quinoa bowl best served pilaf style, leaving my quinoa fluffy. (it can be served warm off the stove or at room temp if you’ve made it in advance). Jack prefers his porridge style – hot with plenty of almond milk to soak into the quinoa. So to each their own…

Sweeten the deal by drizzling a little maple syrup on top.

Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Preparation time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: serves 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk, Original or Vanilla
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch of salt
  • piece of a vanilla bean, optional (don’t use vanilla extract)
toppings:
  • toasted sliced almonds
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • peaches
  • raspberries
  • maple syrup, optional
  • extra splashes of almond milk, optional
  • more spices, to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.), optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa.
  2. Place it in a small saucepan and add the almond milk, 1-2 cinnamon sticks, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a high simmer, cover and reduce heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes. (Tip: don’t walk away, if it starts bubbling, turn the heat off, give it one stir mid-cook if you need to, and resume).
  3. After 15 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 more minutes or until the almond milk is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Taste and add additional spices to your liking.
  4. Scoop the quinoa into two bowls and top with toasted almonds, toasted coconut, and fruit. Serve with maple syrup if you like. Enjoy as a fluffy pilaf, or as more a porridge with warm almond milk poured on top.
Notes
– cooked quinoa can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days. Serve at room temp or heat it as you’re ready to serve. If it’s dry, add a few more splashes of almond milk.
– sub in whatever seasonal fruit you like, dried fruits are also delicious here.

Colorful Quinoa Salad Recipe

For this colorful Quinoa salad recipe,
is the TOTAL TIME:

Prep: 30 min. + cooling

and the YIELD: 8 servings.

ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet orange pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely. Stir spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and green onions into quinoa. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended. Drizzle over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.

    Nutritional Facts

    3/4 cup: 143 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

    Enjoy your tasteful Quinoa Salad.

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/colorful-quinoa-salad

    Recipe : Hot and Zesty Quinoa

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    TOTAL TIME for this recipe : 25 min.
    MAKES: 4 servings
    Recipe ingredients
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
    • 2 tablespoons chopped marinated quartered artichoke hearts
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    Directions
    1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
    2. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add tomatoes and green chilies. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in quinoa and artichoke; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
    photo and recipe by Taste of Home
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    PUFFED Morocco Quinoa

    Rinse the quinoa and drain well.
    Put the quinoa in a dry pan and set on fire.
    Stirring leaves you dry quinoa.
    When the quinoa as well as dry you pour a little olive oil and stir through.
    Toast the quinoa in about 10 minutes until crisp and golden.
    Stir occasionally intervening to make the quinoa cooks evenly and puffs and prevent burn in this way.
    When you hear the quinoa literally puffing you know that the quinoa is ready.
    Taste it first cautious one and if you quinoa crunchy and delicious than you spoon the quinoa on a plate and let cool.

    MoroccoQuinoa® in rice paper rolls

    Create a kaleidoscope of color and flavor with these rice paper rolls which are gluten free, low in fat and kilo-joules.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 100g (1/2 cup) MoroccoQuinoa®
    • 225ml water
    • 30g palm sugar, finely chopped
    • 5 teaspoons fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon tamarind puree
    • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
    • 2 teaspoons lime juice
    • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
    • 400g beef rump steak
    • 2 green shallots, thinly sliced
    • 12 rice paper sheets, 22cm in diameter
    • 1 long fresh red chilli, thinly sliced diagonally
    • 12 large fresh mint leaves
    • 150g bean sprouts
    • 12 fresh coriander sprigs Select all ingredients

    METHOD

    • Step 1
      Place MoroccoQuinoa® and 185ml (3/4 cup) water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring, for 10-12 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Cool slightly.
    • Step 2
      For sauce, place sugar, fish sauce, tamarind, garlic and remaining water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in juice and ginger. Cool.
    • Step 3
      Heat a chargrill over medium-high heat. Spray steak with olive oil. Season. Cook, turning, for 4 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 4 minutes. Thinly slice.
    • Step 4
      Stir shallot and 3 tsp sauce into quinoa. Dip 1 rice paper sheet in cold water for 10 seconds or until starting to soften. Drain on a clean tea towel. Place on a work surface. Place 2 chilli slices and a mint leaf along centre. Top with a little quinoa mixture, bean sprouts, steak and coriander. Fold in ends. Roll up firmly to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining sheets. Serve with the remaining dipping sauce.

      NUTRITION

      • 1618 kj
        ENERGY
      • 8g
        FAT TOTAL
      • 2g
        SATURATED FAT
      • 3g
        FIBRE
      • 33g
        PROTEIN
      • 43g
        CARBS (TOTAL)
      All nutrition values are per serve

      NOTES

      For a tasty Asian dressing, combine a little of the leftover tamarind with lemon juice, fresh lemongrass, brown sugar and fish sauce.

    Author: Katrina Woodman. Image credit: Jeremy Simons.

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    Quinoa’s genetic secrets revealed

    Quinoa, the sacred “mother grain” of the ancient Inca civilisation suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study.

    Scientists said they have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get rid of the grain’s natural bitter taste and pave the way for more widespread commercial use.

    Quinoa already grows well in harsh conditions such as salty and low-quality soil, high elevations and cool temperatures, meaning it can flourish in locales where common cereal crops like wheat and rice may struggle. But the presence of toxic and bitter chemicals called saponins in its seeds has been one of the impediments to extensive cultivation.

    Plant scientist Mark Tester of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia said the research pinpointed a gene that guides production of saponins in quinoa. This knowledge could enable breeding of quinoa without saponins, to make the seeds sweeter. Currently, quinoa grain must be processed through washing and drying after harvest to remove saponins.

    “Quinoa is currently greatly under-utilised,” said Tester, who led the research published in the journal Nature. “It is highly nutritious, with a high protein content that, importantly, has a very good balance of amino acids, which is unusual for our major grains. It is gluten free and high in vitamins and minerals, too.”

    Increased quinoa production could improve food security on a planet with unrelenting human population growth, Tester said. There are potential disadvantages to reducing saponins, perhaps increasing susceptibility to fungal infections or bird predation, Tester added.

    Quinoa, which boasts a nutty flavour, can be used the same ways as rice and wheat. It can be cooked and served on its own, turned into pasta, put in soups, eaten as a cereal or fermented to ake beer or chicha, a beverage of the Andes. The crop was sacred to the ancient Incas, who called it “chisoya mama,” or the “mother grain.”

     

    Veggie-Quinoa Soup

                                                                                                                      ACTIVE TIME 45 mins. TOTAL TIME 55 mins.

    YIELD Serves 8 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups).

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/4 cup diced white onion
    • 1/4 cup diced carrot
    • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
    • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock
    • 1/4 cup diced russet potato
    • 1/4 cup diced peeled sweet potato
    • 1/4 cup diced peeled celery root
    • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Brussels sprouts
    • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

    How to Make It                                                                                                                Preheat oven to 325°F.

    1. Spread quinoa in a thin layer on a rimmed baking sheet; bake at 325°F until browned, about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
    2. Heat a large stockpot over medium. Add oil. Add onion, carrot, bell pepper, and garlic; cover and cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and stir in rosemary and cumin; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in stock, potatoes, celery root, and toasted quinoa. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium; cook 12 minutes. Stir in zucchini and Brussels sprouts; cook until vegetables and quinoa are tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt.
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    Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling

    Healthy Vegan Quinoa Pancakes

    Healthy Vegan Quinoa Pancakes

    Ingredients:1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    1 tbsp maple syrup
    pinch of salt
    1 ½ cup of vegan milk with 1 tbsp vinegar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    3 tbsp coconut oil
    ½ cup dry quinoa
    1 tbsp vegan butter

    Optional:
    Maple syrup for topping
    Fruit

    Directions:

    Cook ½ dry quinoa in 1 ½ cups of water until the quinoa is nice and fluffy about 15 minutes.
    Combine the milk with the vinegar and set aside for a few minutes. Meanwhile sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and combine.
    In the bowl with the milk add the maple syrup, vanilla and oil and stir well.
    Add the quinoa to the dry ingredients and combine the liquids with the dry ingredients and mix.
    Heat a pan with vegan butter or coconut oil and drop 3 tbsp worth of batter into the pan. Cook until bubbles form on the top and the sides turn brown, then flip and cook for another minute on medium heat.
    Serve on a plate and drizzle with syrup if you like.

    Enjoy!