Quick Breakfasts: Quinoa “Oatmeal”

7 Jul

Before heading to Great Falls, MD for a hike recently, I went scrounging through the fridge for some kind of “power breakfast.” You know, the sort of pre-exercise food that has the energy-boosting powers of Gu gels but magically tastes as good as Berry Berry Kix. Because, you know, that totally exists.

With no Luna or Cliff bars in sight (and, granted, I find something slightly disturbing about a tiny piece of food that contains the vast majority of one day’s needed nutrients) and a warrior woman’s appetite, I turned to the hodge podge of leftovers lurking in the fridge. Thankfully, my efforts were rewarded when I spotted a Tupperware container of cooked quinoa. With a little creativity, I concocted like a mad scientist created this Quick Quinoa “Oatmeal.” The next time you’re looking for an early morning protein boost that doesn’t involve chalky powders mixed into your smoothies, look no further than this gem.

Quick Quinoa “Oatmeal” – serves 1-2 (depending on your appetite!)

Looks delicious, right? It’s so nutty and good.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Brown sugar and maple syrup to taste

Here’s what you do:

  1. Mix the quinoa and milk together in a small saucepan (with a lid). Begin cooking over medium-low heat until the mixture bubbles regularly.
  2. Add the cinnamon and raisins. Cook the “Oatmeal” mixture for approximately 5 minutes, stirring regularly, or until the mixture has thickened and the milk seems mostly absorbed. (You’re looking for an almost risotto-like effect).
  3. Serve immediately with a spoonful of brown sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.

What sorts of high-protein breakfasts do you guys make for yourselves? Meuslix with extra whole grains? Super-nutritious muffins? Egg white omelets? (or a steady stream of raw eggs, a la Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast?”)


6 Responses to “Quick Breakfasts: Quinoa “Oatmeal””

  1. Carolyn Maconi July 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    One of my favorite smoothies is made with a cup of almond milk, a banana, and a tablespoon each of natural peanut butter and cocoa powder. Add a tablespoon of flax oil if you’re a real health geek!

    • galleykitchengal July 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Ooh! That sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t tried almond milk, but I’m a soy milk junkie. Methinks I should start exploring …

  2. Amy July 10, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I’ve been eating cream of wheat recently. I had it as a kid, made with water then with milk and maple syrup added, and i still love it. Talk about nutritious. Plus its strange stuff… 2 tablespoons of the stuff makes a whole bowl of wheat. And its a good additive when I make doggy treats for Brutus!


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