Quinoa recipes are some of the most sought-after recipes, since this “new fad” of quinoa is just starting to gain momentum (quote marks = sarcasm!).
In reality though, quinoa is nothing new. It’s been around for centuries, and many ancient civilizations knew the power and value of this superfood called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). The list of health benefits is ridiculously long, and includes things like lowering blood pressure, fighting infections, and maintaining blood sugar levels.
But I’m assuming you already know about these benefits, and now you’re trying to figure out how the heck to cook this stuff, in a tasteful way that you and your family might actually enjoy! So, here is the first of a series of great-tasting, easy-to-fix quinoa recipes that we’re going to make available to you, out of the goodness of our hearts!
Oatmeal is another of nature’s superfoods, so this quinoa recipe includes some steel-cut oatmeal coupled with the amazing quinoa.
Quinoa Recipe #1 :: Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal (makes 4 servings)
1/2 cup dried fruit (like goji berries, mulberries, chopped dates)
1/2 cup gluten-free steel-cut oats
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa (don’t skip this step or you won’t like the taste)
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Toasted/shelled pumpkin seeds
Bring oats, quinoa, fruit, raisins, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and 4 ups of water to a boil in a regular saucepan. Then reduce the heat, and let it simmer – stirring occasionally – until the grains are tender. This will probably take 25-35 minutes. (Another option: bring it to a boil, remove it from heat, and let it sit overnight; then just warm it back up in the morning. You may have to add back a little water as you warm it up on low heat.)
Add milk, maple syrup, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds and walnuts to taste. You can also try swapping in chopped dried apricots, fresh apple chunks, or fresh peaches.
If you like crunchiness in your hot breakfast cereals, try adding hemp seeds or sliced almonds. There’s no limit to the different add-ins you can try with this quinoa recipe. There’s no limit to what you can do with a recipe like this either, if you’re creative. In fact, other grains would work in the place of quinoa. You can try using semi-pearled barley for a chunkier texture if that sounds better to you. But remember, barley is actually a whole grain, and quinoa is a seed.
Quinoa is one of the most healthy foods there is, and you and your family will benefit from branching out and trying it! And not only that, but once you get a feel for the many ways it can be prepared & flavored, you’re going to love it!
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