Quinoa for breakfast? Yes, please! However, I’ll be the first to admit that if you would have asked me that question a couple of years ago, I would have said, “No, thanks!” But like I often say to my kids, “Try it, you might like it!”. I tried it and I liked it. It’s become one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. It’s filling, delicious and I look forward to eating it. Quinoa is a superfood loaded with all kinds of good things; you can read about it here.
To keep things easy on myself I cook a big pot of quinoa early in the week and keep it in the fridge. I wish I could tell you that I get up early and cook the quinoa fresh each day, but I am just not that kind of hero. I like to keep things simple… simple but tasty!
Quinoa is, however, easy to cook. Rinse with water to remove the bitter natural coating and cook in a pot like you would rice. Follow the directions on the package of whatever type you buy, but usually it’s 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, bring to a boil, let simmer for 20 minutes on low heat, then fluff with a fork.
Once the quinoa is cooked (or heated up) it takes just a couple of minutes to put together the rest of the dish. I add in the cinnamon and coconut oil. Why the fat? First of all, we need healthy fats in our diets but most importantly it adds a richness and lusciousness to the quinoa that makes it easy to forget you’re eating something good for you!
Top with berries and almond milk, a bit of Stevia (if you have a sweet tooth like me), and breakfast is served! To paraphrase the great Stuart Smally, you’re good enough, you’re smart enough and doggone it, you deserve a delicious, healthy breakfast!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Berries
Easy, Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Yield: 1 serving
3/4 of a cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of mixed berries (My favorite is raspberries and blueberries)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 small packet Stevia or to taste
2 tablespoons chopped almonds (optional)
Heat up quinoa in the microwave until warm. Add coconut oil and cinnamon and stir until coconut oil melts.
Top with berries and Stevia add almond milk and serve!
I sometimes add chopped almonds, I like the texture and taste.