Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Healthy, Satisfying Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa and raspberries..a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon!

I have been overdosing on eggs lately! My husband has been on the South Beach diet (I've caught him cheating with Easter candy!!) and breakfast consists mostly of EGGS. We have had fried eggs, scrambled eggs, egg omelets, soft boiled eggs and hard boiled eggs!! This morning when I got up I was really hungry for something different!! No eggs, please!!
I didn't feel like having the usual bowl of cold cereal or some quick bread that I had laying around! I really needed something healthy! Something comforting!
Several weeks ago, the Dorista's ( a tag created by Trevor of Sis Boom in regards to the FFWD participants) made a Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad. This salad was enjoyed by most however, the reference kept coming up of how it seemed like a breakfast food.  I really loved it as a salad but, the only way I had ever eaten quinoa, before the salad, was as a breakfast cereal. I had found the recipe on Martha Stewart, being a very adventurous eater, I had to try it. I originally made it with fresh blueberries as suggested. All I could say was WOW! The texture was a little crunchy. Instead of water it is cooked in milk, which made it so creamy and delicious.  So this morning on my quest for healthy, I made a lovely pot of quinoa. Today the choice of fruit was raspberries! Mmmm so good! 

Breakfast Quinoa 
adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes 2 cups

2 cups whole or low-fat milk (plus more for serving)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
cinnamon to taste
1 cup of fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries or the berry of your choice


1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a
    boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of 
    the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.  

2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk 
    has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in the berries and cook 
    for 30 seconds. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and 

Pour 2 cups of milk into saucepan

Rinse quinoa

Add quinoa to boiling milk and simmer, covered.


  1. I've never had quinoa before the ffwD salad, so this is a great idea! I think I might like it better as a breakfast food. Thanks for letting me know how to use up the rest of the box!

  2. I never had quinoa before we made it for FFwD either, so I am really looking forward to trying it again and especially for breakfast. It looks wonderful with the raspberries, Kathy!

  3. I love quinoa and use it all the time, in salads, breads, muffins etc... I love the idea of making it for breakfast, it looks great!

  4. I've made Quinoa Vegetable burgers and thoroughly enjoyed them, but I have yet to try Quinoa as a breakfast, I have to say this does look rather good. Quite tasty in fact.