A warming breakfast can be the perfect way to engage with those colder autumn and winter months. Hot on the heels of my simple recipe for porridge and ten ways to pimp your porridge comes this: spiced quinoa porridge. This recipe uses the whole quinoa seed rather than the flaked type in the pimped version: it’s important to remember to rinse the whole seed thoroughly, twice. Omit this step and your porridge will taste bitter and unpleasant; rinse the seed and your porridge will be divine.
What you need:
- 60g quinoa, preferably organic
- 225ml milk/mylk
- a generous sprinkling of ground cinnamon, to your taste (I like it a lot so I use around a teaspoon)
- a tiny sprinkling of ground nutmeg
- juice and zest of half a lemon, preferably unwaxed (or washed really well in hot water)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds, lightly milled/ground if you have trouble chewing them
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds, lightly milled/ground if you have trouble chewing them
- 1 portion of defrosted frozen berries (these can be defrosted in the microwave or in a small pan, no extra fluid needed, while the porridge cooks)
What you do:
- Place the (thoroughly washed) quinoa into a saucepan. Add the milk/mylk and cinnamon then stir well to mix
- Place onto the heat and bring to the boil; turn down to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa cooked through
- Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and zest, stirring to mix thoroughly
- Place into a bowl, top with the defrosted frozen berries and sprinkle the seeds over the top
- Sit down, breathe, admire your creation then eat and enjoy
Unlike other ‘grains’ quinoa is a ‘complete’ source of protein and may help you stay fuller for longer while contributing to a more stable level of blood sugar.
If, like me, you find that oat-based porridges hit the spot but not for long, leaving you feeling hungry and shaky, then using quinoa instead might be the answer.
Give it a try and let me know how you get on.