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Fully Loaded Warm Quinoa Breakfast Porridge With Gogi Berries

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Fully Loaded Warm Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
* Makes one serving

Ingredients
1/4 cup tri-coloured quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup water
1 banana (half mashed, half sliced)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Splash of vanilla
6 walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of goji berries, soaked for 10 minutes

Method
1. Combine quinoa and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
2. Boil for two minutes then lower the heat, cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
3. While the quinoa is cooking, soak the goji berries in hot water for 10 minutes to rehydrate them.
4. When the quinoa is fully cooked, remove from heat and mix in the mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.
5. Spoon the quinoa into a bowl and add the banana slices, blueberries, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and goji berries.
Add a touch more milk, if desired and enjoy!

Goji berries, sometimes called wolf berries, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, beta-carotene , iron and vitamin C!

Goji berries are usually found in dried packages or sold in bulk food stores, specialty food stores, health food stores or in Asian markets. Throughout Asia, they are known as a ‘beauty food,’ and are thought to promote a smooth, clear and youthful complexion.

Quinoa(pronounced keen-wa) is a seed that is cooked and eaten like a grain. The amazing thing about quinoa is that it contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! Quinoa is also a good source of fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, selenium, as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids!

Quinoa Cooking Tips
Quinoa contains a natural substance called saponin that can have a bitter taste. Most packaged quinoa is sold pre-rinsed to remove the bitter saponin, but not all. If your quinoa has not already been pre-rinsed, simply run it under cold water in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear.

There are many ways to enjoy this ancient food of the Andes. It can be cooked as a breakfast porridge, used in a stir-fry, or added to soups, stews or salads!

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Banana Nut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Baked Red Anjou Pears and Homemade Granola

banana nut quinoa porridge

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a seed that is cooked and eaten like a grain. This ancient food of the Andes contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! It is also a good source of fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and selenium, as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids!

Quinoa Cooking Tips
Quinoa contains a natural substance called saponin that can have a bitter taste. Most packaged quinoa has already been rinsed to remove it, but not all. If your quinoa is not labeled as pre-rinsed, simply rinse the quinoa under cold water using a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear and free of any foamy residue.

Quinoa is available in three different varieties; white, red and black, with only minor nutritional differences between them. I often enjoy mixing all three together!

Banana Nut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Baked Red Anjou Pears And Homemade Granola
*makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup uncooked tri-colour quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water
2 bananas, 1 sliced, 1 mashed
2 red Anjou pears, chopped and baked
1/2 cup vanilla rice or almond milk
2 Tbsp. maple syrup

For the Granola
1 cup of rolled oats
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Method
1. Combine quinoa and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
2. Boil for 2 minutes, then lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
3. While the quinoa is cooking, place the chopped pears, maple syrup, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds in a bowl, mixing well.
4. Spread the oat mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven when the oats become crisp and the pears are softened.
5. When all the water from the quinoa has been absorbed, remove from heat and mix in the mashed banana, milk and maple syrup.
6. Pour the quinoa into a bowl and add the granola and remaining banana slices.

This recipe can be made in larger batches and kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Quinoa reheats incredibly well and makes for a quick and easy, nutritious and delicious breakfast when you’re in a rush!

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Banana Walnut Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Try this filling and nutritious, high protein porridge to keep you satisfied and fueled with energy all morning long!

Banana Walnut Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge
• ¼ cup quinoa

• ½ cup water
• 1 banana
• ¼ cup of almond or rice milk
• 1 tsp. maple syrup
• Dash of cinnamon
• 1 Tbsp. crushed walnuts
• Handful of pomegranate seeds

Rinse quinoa under cold water in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear.
Add quinoa and water to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, then lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, add half of the banana mixing, mashing and stirring it well with the quinoa. Save the other half and cut into slices to add on top.
Add almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts and enjoy!

Quinoa(pronounced keen-wa) is a seed that is cooked and eaten like a grain.  The amazing thing about quinoa is that it contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! Quinoa is a good source of fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, selenium, as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids!