Winter Warmers – Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa PorridgeIf you are anything like me,  as soon as the temperature drops a few degrees you are on the look out for comforting and warming foods.

This post is part 1 of a series of Winter Warmer ideas – nutritious, warming and tasty recipes to give you some inspiration through the Winter months.

So first off the rank is Breakfast and a yummy Quinoa porridge recipe.  I’m a bit new to using Quinoa. I have to be honest, I’ve always tended to avoid using it on principle  – it’s been a bit trendy so I have tried to rebel for this reason from using it.  However, it seems Quinoa is here to stay and for anyone following a gluten free diet, it’s a handy little grain (well it’s actually a seed) to use.

A bit of nutritional background. Quinoa is a good source of protein, fibre and carbohydrate.  It’s also low GI (low glycemic index) meaning it won’t spike your blood sugars but will keep you going that bit longer.

It can often be a higher source of protein and fibre than good old fashioned Traditional Oats.  (please note: Oats are still a great source of these nutrients).

So here it is……….

Warming Quinoa Porridge (serves 1)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of quinoa (rinse in cold water first)
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond mix) or oat bran
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • ½ cup of milk (any kind)

Method

  • Place quinoa and water in the saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes
  • Add the LSA, cinnamon and milk and cook for a couple more minutes
  • When ready to serve, add extra milk if you desire and drizzle with honey (optional)


Extra Tips:

  • Most chefs recommend rinsing Quinoa in cold water before you use it. This helps to get rid of the saponins that coat it – these are found naturally in many plants and can taste bitter!
  • I prefer my porridge with a little bit more texture, so I don’t cook it until it’s really soft and mushy. If you like yours a bit mushy, then cook for an extra 5 minutes or cook with the lid on.
  • There are so many options for this recipe, you can also add berries, dates, banana, vanilla or almonds – all super tasty!
  • You can also use Quinoa flakes if you are in a hurry – cooks in a much shorter time :)
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