It's the middle of the week and when I need something to help me over the hump I turn to my hearty quinoa porridge. Quinoa is one of the many trendy health foods right now, like kale, goji berries and spaghetti squash (I'll have a recipe using this squash in my next post:)) and for good reason. Quinoa is an excellent source of muscle building protein and fulfilling fiber. I also add antioxidant rich nuts and berries to keep me going all morning long. Make this recipe the night before if you have a busy morning as it takes a little longer than your average oatmeal.
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup of water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of coarse salt
1/2 cup of low fat milk or milk alternative
1/2 cup of blueberries or sliced strawberries
10-15 sliced almonds
1 tbsp of pure maple syrup or agave syrup (optional)
Rinse quinoa under warm water for 3 minutes. Combine, quinoa, cinnamon and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat. Cover the pot and let the ingredients simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Pour in the milk and let the porridge simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes. Stir in the berries and the nuts and let it sit covered to thicken for 10 minutes prior to serving. If desired, you can drizzle it with maple syrup or agave prior to serving.