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February 16, 2015

Breakfast Quinoa {SRC}

I've been with the Secret Recipe Club for quite awhile, three years and three months to be exact. I can still remember my very first post, which was this Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. During that time I've been a member of group D, which I've really enjoyed. But after some reorganizing the club's owner needed to even out our groups numbers, and I volunteered to be moved. So welcome to my first post with group C! (And a special hello to all the group C members, I'm looking forward to getting to know you!)

The blog I was assigned to and had the pleasure of pursuing this month was The Avid Appetite, a blog written by fellow foodie Rachel, a working wife and mom who has shared a love and passion for food with her husband Shaun for 14 years. They've been able to do some globe trotting, and now have a pretty little daughter named Penelope they are raising in New Jersey.


Since I follow an 80/20 diet (80 percent fruits and vegetables, 20 percent lean meats), my monthly recipe search can be a little difficult. But as I browsed Rachel's blog, quite a few of her recipes caught my eye, Fresh Fruit Salsa + Cinnamon Sugar Chips, Caramel Apple Cider Shake, and Fish Tacos with Mexican Crema to name just a few. With my special diet, breakfast seems to be the hardest meal for me to deal with, which used to include cereal, oatmeal or muffins. Since I've become gluten and grain intolerant though, these have become a big no-no for me. So when I seen that Rachel had a recipe for something that closely resembled oatmeal, but was grain free, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to try it.


I was fascinated when I saw that Rachel had taken quinoa and turned it into an oatmeal type dish called Vanilla Cinnamon Quinoa. Quinoa has become a staple in my pantry and used as a side dish often since learning how nutritious it is, how exciting to discover I could enjoy it for breakfast too!

Interesting Facts About Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa)

  • Super Nutritious - Quinoa contains more vitamins, antioxidants and fiber than any grain.
  • High in Protein - If you're following a Vegetarian or Vegan diet, getting enough protein can be challenging. Quinoa is one of the only plant-based foods that is a “complete protein” which means it contains all nine essential amino acids.
  • Gluten Free - Quinoa is technically a seed (from the Goosefoot plant) So if you have gluten sensitivities or Celiacs, quinoa is the perfect substitute.

Now that I've found out you can use quinoa as a breakfast meal too, I've made it a weekly menu item, and enjoy it at least once a week in the mornings, if not more. I made two slight changes to Rachel's recipe to adapt it to my health issues. Instead of using almond milk (I have a nut allergy) I used canned coconut milk and water, and used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, so as to make it refined sugar free. This healthy dairy, grain & nut free recipe is so easy to make and versatile too, just add whatever fruits you're craving, from apples to berries.

This healthy recipe is a filling meal that is packed with protein, and will keep you satisfied all the way till lunch time.

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained well
1/3 cup canned coconut milk
3/4 cup water
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Small pinch of salt
Cinnamon and fruit of your choice for toppings

Directions

Place quinoa, coconut milk, water, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Spoon into serving bowls and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon and fruit.


Thank you for the delicious recipe Rachel. I had fun browsing your blog this month, and learning more about you!





16 comments:

  1. Great choice April and I can't wait to try this quinoa soon! I'm so happy to be in the same group with you again - lots of fun ahead ;-)

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    1. Awesome, I'm so glad to see you here as well Jane! I cant wait to get to know everyone else in the group. Happy reveal day! :)

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  2. Welcome to Group C - so nice to "meet" you! Love how you arranged the strawberries & bananas around the bowl :) Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of quinoa but love the idea of serving whole grains beyond oatmeal for breakfast - I'm going to try this with bulgur or farro.

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    1. Thank you so much for your warm welcome Deanna. Happy recipe experimenting with the bulgur and farro, it's such a treat to think outside the box and try new recipes.

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  3. what a great way to have quinoa for breakfast :) yum!!

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    1. It's a delicious way of getting extra protein into your diet.

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  4. I love quinoa and I'm so happy you made this as a breakfast food. I'm glad you were able to alter this for your dietary needs and I welcome you to group C. I'm looking forward to making some recipes from your blog in the future. Great SRC post!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, and the welcome to group C Stephy!

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  5. We loooooooooove quinoa, and I'd love to try this. Although with regular milk.
    Thank you for sharing this :)

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    1. I'm sure it will turn out great with regular milk Winnie. If I could consume dairy, I'd use it in this dish too. Hope you enjoy it. :)

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  6. Why have I never thought to have quinoa for breakfast. Such a brilliant way to start the day.

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    1. I know, I thought the very exact thing when I found the recipe! It's a keeper.

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  7. Saw this on Friday Frenzy. I've never had Quinoa before. Might be a great place to start. Diane @ Mrs U Makes.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Diane! I hope you get to try this dish soon, it's a great start to the day.

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  8. Look great! Our family loves quinoa. I can't wait until fresh straware back in season though!

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    1. I cant wait for fresh strawberries either Jen. Luckily I had some frozen strawberries left from my summer produce in the deep freezer, and was able to use them for this recipe.

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