So, I got sick with strep throat a few weeks ago. During the course of my illness I decided I could muster up enough energy to get in the car so my boyfriend could drive me to Juicebox to get a smoothie to soothe my throat. Having not eaten for a few days (and still not really hungry, mind you) I decided it might be a good idea to put some food in my belly. I remembered that Juicebox was advertising “quinoa porridge” a while back, and because I am a fan of both of those things, it seemed appetizing enough even in my feverish half-conscious state. I tried it and it was DELICIOUS. And extremely filling- I ate half before I was full, and had the other half the next day for breakfast. Quinoa, oats, brown sugar and other spices, flax seeds, and they give you the option of adding dried fruit and nuts.
I loved it so much I decided to embark on my own quinoa for breakfast journey, with some slight modifications to the Juicebox recipe. Quinoa is an amazing source of protein for vegetarians, and this is a great way to get a lot of it at the start of your day. The texture and taste remind me a lot of steel-cut oats, but this recipe takes far less cooking time.
Quinoa Porridge “Recipe” *
(makes about 3-4 bowls)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey to taste
vanilla almond milk
optional add-ins: nuts, dried or fresh fruit, flax seeds, yogurt
1. To save time and energy, I cooked my quinoa in a rice cooker. To cook on a stovetop, bring 2 cups water to a boil and add 1 cup quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes. The rice cooker is much easier, though.
2. Place cooked quinoa in a medium-sized pot on low heat. Add vanilla almond milk to desired consistency. If desired, add a few pads of unsalted butter and stir until melted.
3. Add brown sugar, spices, and honey to taste. Brown sugar should be the base source of the sweetness, but the other spices and honey are important if you have them on hand, too. They definitely being more depth to the flavor of this porridge.
4. Spoon yourself a bowl and top with fruit, nuts, or anything else that sounds good to you!
Tip: If you add too much liquid, turn the heat up and let the porridge bubble, stirring occasionally. It will eventually thicken back up!
So simple and so yummy! My new daily breakfast.
* Apologies for the lack of unexact measurements. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants while cooking. You should too. Cooking is an art, baking is a science!