Jump-start your day with this Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa- a hearty whole grain dish!
Start your day off right with this nutritious whole grain breakfast. Quinoa might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of breakfast dishes but it’s a nice alternative to traditional oatmeal and it cooks up quickly. Quinoa is an ancient grain with spectacular health benefits. It’s packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals- no wonder the Incas referred to it as the Mother Grain! To read more about quinoa, CLICK HERE.
Quinoa can be cooked in milk instead of water, which will give it a slightly creamier consistency. I use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe but you can use any type of milk like regular milk or coconut milk. Then you just top it with your favorite ingredients for a filling breakfast that will jump-start your day.
My favorite combination of toppings is fresh strawberries with toasted almonds and coconut but go ahead and experiment with your own favorite ingredients. A combination of diced apples, cinnamon, raisins and sunflower seeds would also be delicious. Or maybe you'd like a tropical version with coconut milk, diced mango and pineapple.
If you’re like me and are usually pressed for time in the mornings, you can make this dish the night before and reheat it when you get up. The liquid gets absorbed as it sits so when reheating, stir in a few tablespoons of milk for a creamy texture.
Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa
Makes 4 servings
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (can substitute any type of milk)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut, toasted
Place the quinoa and 2 cups almond milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is done (10-15 minutes). Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Divide the quinoa between 4 bowls and top with equal portions of strawberries, almonds and coconut. Serve immediately.
One serving: Calories 240; Fat 6.3g (Sat 1.5g); Protein 7.6g; Carb 38.4g; Fiber 4.6g; Sodium 88mg