Quinoa Flakes

July 6, 2009

Flowers and Flakes

Flowers and Flakes

I often have quinoa for breakfast. It’s pronounced “keen-wah”  just in case you don’t know. Quinoa has more protein than any other grain and it’s gluten-free. The flakes make a great hot cereal. Quinoa is related to spinach and beets and if you can get your hands on some quinoa greens you should try them. In these lovely days of summer you can top your quinoa flakes with fresh fruit and edible flowers. In the winter you can throw in a small handful of dried, unsweetened fruit while it’s simmering. Or top with a scoop of fruit compote any time of year.  Add a sprinkling of nuts and a splash of unsweetened almond milk and consider yourself filled with premium fuel to start your day. And about the edible flowers, I know it might seem like a ridiculous indulgence but I can justify it – they’re just $2.50 at Trout Lake Farmer’s Market, more affordable than a bouquet, they’re organic, local, beautiful and we deserve it. And if you blow $2.50 on edible flowers for your morning cereal and salads for the week (they go a long way) you might be less inclined to buy a good-for-nothing muffin. Win-win and so pretty, too.

Makes 4 portions – I always make this amount, then I have enough to quickly reheat for another morning

3 cups of water

1 cup of quinoa flakes

pinch of sea salt

Bring water to a simmer in a medium pot over high heat. Add quinoa flakes and salt, and turn back the heat to low. Simmer for about five minutes, stirring here and there. If you would like to add some dried fruit, stir it in now so it can plump. You’ll have just enough time to make yourself a coffee*. Cover quinoa with a lid while you pull out some nuts, almond milk and enjoy your first sip of the day of hot coffee. Pile some of the quinoa into a bowl for your breakfast and finish with fruit, flowers and nuts. Turn the rest into a container for another three days’ worth of breakfast. To reheat, just blob some into a small pot with a splash of water and stir until warm over medium heat.

Breakfast Flakes

Flakes of Quinoa

* Coffee is not part of a true clean eating plan. In fact, it’s downright dirty, dark and delicious.

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One Response to “Quinoa Flakes”

  1. JenG said

    I start my day with Quinoa flakes everyday thanks to you Dawne! I also like it with apples & cinnamon in the winter. The flowers are such a pretty twist.

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