This is such a simple, yet satisfying dish to make in the morning. It fills you like porridge, but is nice and light on your tummy (perfect if like me, you want something warm and filling but hate the heavy, i-need-a-lie-down feeling that a fried/cooked breakfast gives you).
I’d been looking into quinoa as a possibility for a breakfast dish, but couldn’t get my head around the idea of turning one of my favourite savoury foods into a sweet dish… something just didn’t add up to me! So, to get me into the mood for sweet quinoa, I did a spot of google image searching for ‘breakfast quinoa’ pictures and was surprised to find a lot of colourful, vibrant pictures of fruit laden quinoa! Hmmm… this didn’t look like it was going to be as tricky as I first imagined…
But wait. Once I checked the recipes for these mouth-watering quinoa dishes, I was disappointed to find that they all required copious amounts of sugar, jam, sweetened yoghurts, milks and all manner of things I wouldn’t want to be starting my day with (maybe on a treat day, but I could just see how sluggish I would feel an hour after eating any of these sickly-sweet dishes) So, I set about making a super-healthy, low-fat, sugar-free version that would give me lots of energy without the horrible crash that comes quickly after filling yourself up with lots of sugar in the morning (you might as well just eat Lucky Charms if that’s your way of ‘breakfasting’) So, here’s my recipe for a yummy, healthy breakfast quinoa…
80g Quinoa (or more if you’re super-hungry)Ingredients (per person)
3 x tbsp mixed berries or 1 x chopped banana (or both… again, it depends how hungry you are!)
Agave nectar (optional, but lush if you drizzle it over the finished breakfast quinoa, just before you eat it!)
Sweetener (this is to your own personal taste, I tend to go for around 1 x tbsp and mix it in tsp by tsp and use less if I’m adding agave nectar)
1. Cook the quinoa to the packet instructions. Typically, you’ll need about 20 mins – 1/2 hour for the quinoa, so best to do that bit the night before and keep it in the fridge! But if you’ve got time in the morning… get cooking!
2. Drain the quinoa and leave to cool on the side. Or, refrigerate and re-heat in the morning (I heat mine for 1-2 mins in the microwave, or you could add a little water and warm in a pan on the oven)
3. While the quinoa cools, prepare your fruit (and a cup of tea/coffee to go with your breakfast!)
4. Add the fruit, yoghurt and sweetener (taste as you add) to a bowl, pour in the quinoa and mix up gently. Don’t over-mix or you’ll mash up the berries too much!
5. Serve immediately!