Monday, July 12, 2010

Breakfast Quinoa

This morning I thought quinoa would be a new alternative to oatmeal. I went to Santa Barbara's Backyard Bowls for breakfast the other day and had a hard time making a decision off their amazing menu. So, I ordered something else and wrote down the ingredients to this yummy sounding meal. It turned out to be one of my new healthy favorites! Quinoa is a complete protein that contains lots of amino acids, so it's a great way to start your day. It's not just for dinner anymore in this house : )

Breakfast Quinoa
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 cup almond, rice or any milk you like
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 cup almonds (slivered or whole)
2 Tb. sunflower seeds
fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas or any fruit you desire.
1 Tb. flax seeds and or wheat germ for sprinkling
honey to taste

1. Bring almond milk, cinnamon and quinoa to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until the germ separates from the seed.
2. Let stand for about 3 minutes to become fully fluffy.
3. Add raisins, nuts, and seeds, stir to combine.
4. Top with fruit, flax seeds/ wheat germ and honey to taste.

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