Well, here we are at May 1st.  That means it’s another edition of ‘Lazy Susan’.  This month’s theme is breakfast.

I’ve been a breakfast person for most of my life, I’m hungry pretty much the minute my feet hit the floor.  That said, I’m a bit picky about what I like to eat as my first meal of the day.

breakfast quinoa

Not long after graduating college I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia.  In short, a few hours after eating anything high in carbs (especially of the simple sugar variety) my blood sugar plummets due to an abundant release of insulin.  This means I need to make sure I keep the simple carbs to a minimum and make sure to get enough protein.  This can be hard, as breakfast is often associated with an abundance of carbs such as cereal, bagels and muffins.

breakfast quinoa

I rotate what I eat often, but it usually includes some sort of fresh fruits, nuts, nut butters and whole grains.  Lately, my breakfast has been a simple bowl of warm quinoa topped with milk, fresh berries, toasted hazelnuts (or almonds) and a small drizzle of maple syrup.  I love that I can make the quinoa on a Sunday night, store it in the fridge and enjoy it all week long.

breakfast quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa with Fresh Berries

To avoid a slightly bitter taste, give your quinoa a rinse in water before cooking.  Then, using a ratio of 2 parts liquid to 1 part quinoa, place quinoa and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and serve or store in an airtight container.

When having for breakfast put your serving size in a small bowl, add milk (dairy or nondairy) and heat to desired temperature.  Top with fresh berries, toasted almonds or hazelnuts an a drizzle of maple syrup.

breakfast quinoa

Next up is my friend Bree with her recipe for Puffed Pancakes.  Be sure to follow all the links to see more beautiful breakfast ideas!

14 Responses to Breakfast Quinoa with Fresh Berries

  1. I love Quinoa and this looks like a great way to serve it. Sounds almost like a desert!!!

  2. we love quinoa here too, really need to try this!

  3. Eileen says:

    I am the opposite of a breakfast person–I can’t eat anything until I’ve been up for at least a good hour! I may have to make an exception for this excellent-looking quinoa, though. :)

    • Alison says:

      Eileen, I have a boy like that. Takes him awhile to wake up and get ready to head into the day. 😉 Hope you enjoy!

  4. Thank you, for this wonderful, bautifully pictured, recipe!
    One even I may be able to follow!

    Thank you

  5. Maggie says:

    I might try this too. I struggle with finding healthy things to have for breakfast once you knock out bread, cereal and cow’s milk (when I’m organized I make nut milk)
    Do you heat it up in the microwave?

    • Alison says:

      Maggie, sometimes I heat it and sometimes I don’t. For individual servings heating it up in the microwave is the easiest.

  6. Chris says:

    This looks so yummy! I just tried quinoa for the very first time this past weekend. And honestly, I can’t stop thinking about this new food. I have been making baked oatmeal varieties for months and I need a change. Quinoa it is! And I want it to look just like yours!!! =)

  7. Kate says:

    This looks amazing, and I am always looking for new ways to get quinoa in my diet.

    Would you mind elaborating a bit on how to cook the quinoa? I never have good luck with it, it is either dry and crunchy, or burns to the bottom of the pot. Do you use water for the original cooking period, and then warm it in a pot with milk for breakfast? Does it continue to absorb liquid after the initial cooking period? Is there anyway not to burn it?

    Many thanks from a quinoa newbie. :)

    • Alison says:

      Kate, it has taken me awhile to perfect cooking with quinoa. If I know I’m going to use it for breakfast I just use water for cooking. I think the thing that helped me most was to turn down the heat to a slow simmer. Too hot and the water boils away before it’s fully cooked. If that happens, just add more liquid (enough to cover it). You also need to keep a pretty good eye on it so the liquid doesn’t cook away, then letting it burn. For breakfast I just spoon some into a bowl, add some milk (the amount at this point is up to you for a thinner or thicker hot cereal) and heat it in the microwave. I’ve also just had it room temp with milk added.

  8. Sara T says:

    Super addicted to quinoa, lately. Love the fresh nuttiness taste. I had it in my wrap last night. I didn’t even think about it for breakfast…perfect recipe!

    • Alison says:

      Sara, I love the idea of using it in a wrap. Hmmm…that may be on my lunch plate very soon.

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