Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday Morning Blueberry Quinoa

Everyone knows about quinoa, right? Well, just in case, here's a bit of info. Quinoa is considered a superfood. It is high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids supplements. It is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, copper,phosphorus and manganese. Also contains lysine and and B2. This seed, sometimes confused as a grain, is very good for people suffering from migraines, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart problems. In other words, it's incredibly healthy!

As part of my annual New Year's regime of becoming less sugarfied (and less judgemental), I have realised I need to vary my breakfast routine a little, otherwise by February I will be dipping into my kids' processed cereal. This one is delicious, but it takes some time to make. It may only happen on weekend mornings, because the idea of cooking something for 15 minutes on a Tuesday morning seems optimistic at best. So Saturday it will be! Sunday too.


2/3 cup water
3 tbsp quinoa
2 tbsp quick oats
1 tsp vanilla
1 - 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds
2 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries*
2 little packs of stevia

Combine water and quinoa in a small pot. Cook on high until it boils. Redude heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in oats, blueberries and vanilla, cook for five minutes. Add flax and stir. Top with stevia. Have a great morning.

*The blueberries, of course, need to be addressed. For me, cooking them for five minutes is usually enough. You many also want to zap them in the microwave before adding them. I think this would work with any fruit you would use in oatmeal, such as strawberries, apples and so on.