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Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberry sauce

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Quinoa came into my life about three years ago during an accidental over perusal of healthy eating blogs ~ at first, I was not crazy about it; I definitely considered it a test – for my tastebuds!

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But as I read more and more about it, I began to realize what a nutritional power house it was-is! Quinoa is said to be the only grain that can provide almost eight grams of protein per cup (cooked) – and that’s a big chunk out of our daily 46-56 gram requirement (depending on activity levels and gender)! Quinoa is also said to be low in fat and cholestrol and also high in iron, fiber, calcium, and magnesium; among other nutrients. While I have only used quinoa in savory dishes so far, I decided to experiment with using it to make something sweet for breakfast….and so this “breakfast quinoa with blueberry sauce” happened 🙂

Ingredients (for 2 servings)~
For the Quinoa:
1/3 cup quinoa
3 tablespoons oat bran (optional)
1.50 cups almond milk
0.25 cups water
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar

For the Blueberry sauce:
about a handful of blueberries
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tspn butter (I did not add any this time so its totally optional)

Bring the quinoa, almond milk and water to a boil and then lower heat and cook for 15 minutes, then add oat bran, cinnamon, salt and suagr and cook another 20 minutes. While cooking, I had to check on the quinoa and add a splash of water/almond milk at times to keep it from catching.
For the blueberry sauce, I just simmered all the ingredients (low heat) for 15 minutes and served over the cooked quinoa.
For peanut butter lovers (myself included) peanut butter can be used as a topping or yogurt of your choice.

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If you try this recipe or have another recipe for using quinoa in a sweet, breakfasty type dish, I would love to hear about it
Thanks for reading 🙂
Shashi

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Rebecca

Thursday 19th of February 2015

ooooh yum! I'll have to try breakfast quinoa

Shashi

Thursday 19th of February 2015

Thanks so much Rebecca!

Jacque Peppel

Friday 5th of July 2013

Loved your blog. We use Quinoa a lot but not for breakfast. I may just have to try this. I think I would use our liguid stevia from Sunrider (never use granulated stevia as it is processed and not too good for you) instead of the brown sugar. Hugs and Blessings, Jacque

Shashi Charles

Friday 5th of July 2013

Thank You Jacque! I would love to hear what you think of it - if you try it.