Monday, January 25, 2010

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah


This breakfast is really fast and easy to make, is absolutely delicious and jam packed with everything that makes you tick- protein, carbs, fiber, vitamin C and calcium. What more could you ask for from a breakfast?

Quinoa (pronounced key-no-ah)is an Andean seed crop that is used as a grain in many south american dishes. Unlike other grains like wheat or rice, quinoa contains a number of essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein on it's own (you don't have to combine it with beans to complete the protein chain). For 1 cup cooked (I think I ate a whole cup cooked this morning, but most people might only have 1/2 or 3/4 of a cup) there are 222 calories, 4 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. What a super food!

You can use quinoa as you would cous cous or rice- making vegetable pilafs of different varieties, or you can make this delicious porridge like breakfast:

Ingredients
2 cups quinoa
2 1/4 cups water
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon

berries
plain whole yogurt
sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds
maple syrup or honey

Directions
Rinse off quinoa in a fine sieve
Put quinoa, water, cinnamon and tumeric in a pot and bring to a boil
Once boiling turn to low and let simmer with the lid on, occasionally stirring for about 12-15 minutes, then remove from heat and fluff one last time.

Serve hot with above toppings and syrup.

The turmeric soothes you stomach and aids digestion, almonds are high in calcium and the other seeds and nuts are high in protein and fiber.

xo

PS. Also a huge hit with the kids and keeps them focused, energized and full longer!

8 comments:

Wendy said...

Quinoa rocks! I make it all the time for supper, but need to give this version a try. Thanks for posting this!

Abigail Jasmine said...

Amazing!!! LOok at dat bluEberriES...MMmmMMMM!! :)

Amanda said...

Can't wait to get into the new place and have a breakfast like this..Yumm

Ola said...

That looks amazing. Yum :)

Kristi said...

This is very similar to what I eat for lunch after working out, if I am not to lazy. If I am lazy I just have an apple with almond butter. I see your hot pads are coming together.

Catherine said...

I have never tried quinoa before, but it looks like a great start to the day, so healthy. I do love the idea of maple syrup and berries to go with it, yum.:)

Kerry said...

Meagan
This looks wonderful. What a great combination. I never thought of putting walnuts,almonds, and the seeds in. Niclolas and I went to the grocery store yesterday and bought all the ingredients. Nicolas was a great help picking out the nuts and seeds. What a great way for the boys to start their day out. Especially Luca for he has a longer morning before lunch. Thank you.

Corrie said...

we love quinoa! I used to be a regular quinoa flakes cooked in apple juice for breakfast for years!!!! so filling and lovely and I'd put a dollop of soy yoghurt on top too! see I told you I was a health nut before marriage and children! now I'm a vegemite with nutelex thickly spread on toast kind of person!

corrie:)

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