Breakfast Quinoa

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I’m going to leave you with a little breakfast idea, as it’s Sunday night and I’m setting in for a long night of finishing assignments that are due Monday morning (flashback to high school! I see a pattern here!) and I’ve got so much to catch you up on I don’t even know where to begin. And I still haven’t finished telling you about New York. Hell, I’m pretty sure I still need to fill you in on our summer trip to Tofino that was back in July.

I was invited to be part of a dinner club tonight – friends of a friend have been meeting monthly to share dinner together for 8 years. 8! Years! It was incredibly cool to be a part of, and the menu was amazing – the theme was celebrity chefs, and everyone chose a dish from one of their favourites. I didn’t bring my camera, thinking as I was leaving that -besides the risk of dropping it whilst carrying a bottle of wine and my Le Creuset full of boeuf bourguignon for five blocks- it might be rude to show up for dinner at the home of people I’ve never met with camera in hand to document it. I wound up regretting it, of course, and taking a bunch of sub-par photos on my blackberry. I will tell you all about it, but don’t want to be stingy and rushed because I need to still get some coherent words out that will actually be published in the newspaper and for which they are paying me actual cash money, and I like to try to not hand in crap.

Instead, I’ll jump the gun and share what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow, because it’s almost officially morning now anyway, and I do think that oats shouldn’t have a monopoly on the warm breakfast cereal market. Quinoa takes slightly longer to cook, but has the benefit of added protein and is higher in fibre. Cooking it in milk makes it extra creamy, almost like rice pudding. It’s great to cook a big batch of to dip into and reheat for a few days.

Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup quinoa
2 cups milk, plus more for serving
2 Tbsp. brown sugar or maple syrup
1/4-1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit or berries
1 cinnamon stick

Rinse quinoa well in a sieve and put it in a medium saucepan with the milk. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring often, until most of the milk has been absorbed.

Stir in the sugar, and add the dried fruit and cinnamon stick. Cook until the rest of the milk has been absorbed, the quinoa is soft and the mixture is thick. Serve warm.

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November 28 2010 11:03 pm | breakfast

7 Responses to “Breakfast Quinoa”

  1. sam on 29 Nov 2010 at 9:28 am #

    My 2 nieces belong to that cooking group who had you for dinner…they were beyond excited that you were joining them. I live 600 km away from Calgary but they inspired me and my friends to start a similar cooking club…we meet every month …too bad you live so far away.

  2. Stacy on 29 Nov 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I really am blog challenged lol. I posted a question about curry. I
    Dont know where I put it lol. Not sure the day or recipe. Should you have a moment to reply please put it here and I promise to remember this quinoa post!

    I just asked when you say curry powder or paste do you Thai and
    Indian and use them depending on what kind if recipe it is or do you use
    one for all?

    No rush or pressure. Have a great day. I hope calgary has less fog than us outside Calgary.

  3. Jan @ Family Bites on 29 Nov 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Mmmm….looks so warm and cozy on this blustery day.

    I love that people have been meeting monthly to have dinner together, for 8 years. How very, very fun!

  4. charm on 29 Nov 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    I love quinoa any time of day. Another tasty breakfast trick it to cook it in apple juice and add your favourite dried fruit and some some sliced almonds, etc.

  5. JulieVR on 29 Nov 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Stacy – curry pastes come in all different blends – like you said, Thai or Indian are good examples – Patak’s madras curry paste is a good basic one to use – just make sure you get mild and not hot, unless you like it fiery!

  6. brandy on 01 Dec 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    We were honoured to have you! What a special night for all of us! The quinoa recipe looks great – I love these grainy breakfast meals – I told my mom that I’d love if there was a whole cookbook on these types of recipes! – brandy aka salty girl

  7. Cheryl on 02 Dec 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Man, this was exactly what I was craving for breakfast this morning. Already simmering on the stove!

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