I am always looking for new and quick breakfast ideas and trying to come up with something different that is low in fat, high in protein and fiber. I love quinoa for any meal but have never given it a try in morning. As the one “grain” with the highest protein I figured it makes sense to give it a try for breakfast. Unlike oatmeal, quinoa needs little added sugar or cream. The texture of the partials does not absorb all the moisture and sweetness during the cooking process like oatmeal often will. Try this in the morning and see what you think.
3 Tbsp. dried quinoa (Any color is fine, I used yellow but red is even better)
¾ Cup Water
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. honey
In a small dry pot, pour in dry quinoa and heat over low flame to toast. This will allow you to create a really nice flavor before adding any liquid to the pot. Move grains around and toast until a light brown color forms on the bottom grains. Next add the water bring to boil, stir and cover. Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pick up the lid and stir, add cinnamon and allow quinoa to continue to cook with lid on for another 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove lid, and continue to cook on low until water is almost gone. Add crushed banana and mix well. Water amount in this recipe varies depending on the humanity in the air the type of pot you are using. Your goal is for the mixture is not to be bone dry but not to have any liquid remaining in the bottom of the pot when you stir. Once the quinoa and fruit have cooked for about 2 minutes remove from heat and serve with honey on top. Enjoy!