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Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

For breakfast this morning I made a new recipe that I found on 101 Cookbooks a long time ago.  I had never thought of eating quinoa for breakfast.  But I’m so glad I tried it.  This is really good!  And super easy too.  And…I soaked yet another grain!  While I was thinking about what I had to get out/prep for meals yesterday it dawned on me that you might be able to soak quinoa.  So I looked it up.  Sure enough.  Same idea as soaking flour, etc.  I put the quinoa in a bowl with water and a little plain yogurt last night.  Then rinsed it this morning and followed the recipe from there, using a little less liquid.  Hardly any hands on work required to make this breakfast.  You just have to wait a few minutes for the quinoa to cook.  We added raw honey, blueberries, flax seed and a mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans.  Such a healhty start to the day.  It’ll be fun to try it with different toppings too.  Anything you can do with oatmeal you can do with quinoa.  I only made a half recipe.  A perfect amount for Justin and me.

*Edited 2/9/11 to be NT compatible and adjusted to 2 serving recipe.

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
serves 2

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup organic quinoa, (I soaked mine in water and yogurt over night – see directions below)
1 cup fresh blackberries, organic preferred (I used a cup of blueberries from our freezer, thawed)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

pecans, walnuts or almonds (preferably soaked and dehydrate)
raw honey or real maple syrup
plain or vanilla yogurt
dried cranberries or raisins

To soak quinoa:
Cover the quinoa in water (a couple inches over quinoa) and about 1-2 Tbsp. plain organic yogurt.  Soak it over night and rinse it in the morning.  Then proceed with recipe.

Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon; transfer to two bowls and top with desired toppings.

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