the quinoa breakfast bowl

Today is Sunday. Today is the first day of the week. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. There is laundry to do, a W.B. Yeats poem to analyze, and a haircut to schedule. There is that big expanse called “The Future” to start to fill in. This morning, you will need protein, fiber, and some cinnamon if you have any chance at accomplishing any of this.

May I present, quinoa. The Incas called it “chisaya mama,” meaning “the mother of all grains.” Granted, this is a bit of a misnomer, since quinoa is not a grain but actually a seed, and is (surprisingly) related to beets, chard, and spinach. For a long time history forgot the miracle quinoa, when Spanish conquistadors made it illegal for Incas to grow it. Thankfully, the super food was rediscovered in the 1980s, and has since grown in popularity.

A quarter cup of dry quinoa packs 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber for only 140 calories. Did I mention it contains all 9 essential amino acids? Vegetarians, listen up. And guess what the best part is? You can eat it for breakfast.

the quinoa breakfast bowl
inspired by 101 Cookbooks 

1/3 cup dry quinoa (white or red)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a handful of walnuts, chopped
4-5 blackberries
agave nectar to taste (honey or maple syrup also works)

Serves one (YOU!).

Combine quinoa, water and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is nice and fluffy.

In the meantime, chop your walnuts.

In your favorite breakfast bowl, mix together quinoa, cinnamon and walnuts.

Top with blackberries. Drizzle with agave nectar. Eat. Feel good. Feel strong. Have the best day ever. (Note: a variety of fruits would also be good. As would pecans in place of the walnuts. Basically, go crazy with this.)

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Pat says:

    Hi Claire,
    I would enjoy the theme music from “Mission Impossible” as a backdrop to the beginning of your post!! – “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eat quinoa.” How would you describe the flavor of quinoa? — Pat

  2. Helen says:

    claire, this looks beautiful! and i AM getting a little tired of the monotonous oatmeal… i’m giving it a whirl tomorrow morning 🙂

  3. Pat says:

    Mission Report!!
    1. Bought quinoa at Kazoo Peoples Coop
    2. Cooked according to your mission directive
    3. Tasted quinoa prior to seasoning – um sweet, but then not so sweet (bitter?)
    4. Added honey, cinnamon, mixed nuts
    5. Mission saved! – favor nutty, creamy, crunchy, sweet – and a lovely tactile sensation for my mouth
    Thanks!!

  4. Pat says:

    Return to Quinoa – Mission Report #2
    1. Quinoa in the cupboard
    2. Discover recipe for “Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa”
    3. Sounds yummy
    4. Make stew when Len is working late, due to the fact that it has kalamata olives (not acceptable to Len).
    5. Eat with Mariam & Anthony – it is yummy
    6. Eat remainder of Anthony’s olives
    7. Brief informational report about quinoa – refered to your mission directive

    1. Claire says:

      merci beaucoup for the mission report!! that stew does sound delicious, especially now that i’ve been won over by olives (until recently, i was in agreement with len). so cool that this year is the year of quinoa. i’ll have to do my best to find some in corsica since it hasn’t exactly taken off here the way it has in the states. happy quinoa-eating!

  5. Pat says:

    FYI: 2013 has been declared International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.

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