Sunday, February 22, 2009

Breakfast Quinoa

For breakfast yesterday I tried making a recipe from this food blog. I changed it just a bit and used raisins instead of cranberries, like it called for. Cranberries would be good too, I just didn't have any on hand.

I cooked the quinoa a tiny bit too long - I think it's better when there's a really small amount of liquid left. That way it doesn't get too mushy.

I liked this, but did not love it. It's something different, which is nice. I do like that I can keep it in the fridge and it'll be easy to heat up while I'm rushing around in the morning.

Here's the recipe.

3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed well and drained)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
a bit of allspice and nutmeg

1. Bring milk and water to a boil. Stir in quinoa and raisins. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
2. Remove from heat and stir in spices.

Nutritional Information:
This recipe made 4 servings, each about 1/2 cup. One serving has approximately 125 calories (23g carbs, 5g protein, 2.25g fat). This has almost the exact same percentages that the oatmeal and blueberries I often make has.

If you decide to make some breakfast quinoa, let me know what you think!


  1. Do you add sweetener or is it naturally sweet?

  2. Looks yummy.... I will have to try it sometime...

  3. Marina, it's not all that sweet - mostly just from the raisins and cinnamon. The original recipe called for some sugar, but I skipped that when I made it. It would probably be VERY yummy with some sugar or sweetener added!