Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quick Breakfast Discovery

I picked up a copy of Quinoa 365 while on holidays this summer, and while I haven't really delved too deeply into the book just yet, I have tried the simplest recipe and am already a convert. It's a new (to me, at least) take on whole foods for breakfast, and is so easy I just had to share. My kids are quite enthusiastic about it as well.

While there is a specific recipe, I have taken to looking at it as a guideline that relies on a formula. If you get the formula right, you can mix and match your favourite flavours:

Overnight Quinoa Cereal (make it your own)

Sweeten 1 cup of plain yogurt to taste (using maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, whatever you like) and add any seasonings you might like, like a touch of vanilla or pinch of cinnamon.

Mix in 1/2 cup large-flaked rolled oats and 1/4 c. quinoa flour

Add to that 1/4 c. each of your favourite seeds, nuts, and dried fruit (the original recipe calls for two kinds of dried fruit—cranberries and apricots—but raisins, apples, anything would work).

Cover and place in the fridge overnight. The yogurt softens the oats and dried fruit, the quinoa thickens it up and adds a protein kick, and in the morning you have an instant, healthy, hearty, cold breakfast that your kids might just go for.

So easy, and the flavour combo possibilities are endless!

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