Saturday, July 3, 2010

Gluten Free Recipe - Quinoa Breakfast!

You all know my recipes are, shall we say, adaptable. A little of this, a pinch of that, and you then have your own creation made the way you and your family like it.

Here is one of the recipes you can do that with.

Red Quinoa Breakfast

Stuff to Grab:

  • Red Quinoa - a half cup for each serving, more if you are hungry! I buy mine at Whole Foods in bulk. If you cannot find red quinoa, plain quinoa will work just fine
  • Water - enough to cover the quinoa and about 1 inch more
  • Salt - about 1 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar - about a 1/2 cup should do it, you can use honey or molasses for an even healthier alternative
  • Cinnamon - about a tablespoon, or more if you really like cinnamon
  • Nuts - I used mixed nuts, but peanuts, almonds or pecans would all be great. This is of course optional
Put quinoa and water in a saucepan and cook over medium high heat till boiling. Add cinnamon and sugar and cook until quinoa grain spirals out and puffs up. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with salted nuts if desired.

Other ideas:

Garnish with fresh fruit
Add ginger and cloves for a spicy quinoa

Quinoa can be used just like rice in any savory dishes. It gives gluten free cooking a bit of a twist. The tiny grains are similar in size to couscous and make a very nice replacement to these gluten containing grains.

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