Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has become a favorite of people the world over who seek a nutritious and delicious complex carbohydrate for breakfast.
A South American seed grown in the Andes mountains, quinoa has more protein than wheat or oatmeal. Nutritionists consider quinoa a “complete” protein because it contains all the necessary amino acids, even the lysine missing from wheat and rice (and that your body cannot produce on its own.)
Quinoa has more fiber than most whole grains, plus it supplies magnesium, phosphorus, iron…
let’s just say, when you have quinoa for breakfast you get a lot of the stuff your body needs to start the day off right.
Quinoa seeds take 15 minutes to cook, so many like to cook their breakfast quinoa in advance. You can cook your quinoa with water, broth, milk, or fruit juice depending on how you intend to use it in the morning.
If you are planning to use your leftover quinoa for a sweet breakfast, you may not want to go overboard with savory flavors or stir ins. I cook my quinoa with water or milk when I plan to use it for a sweet breakfast.
3 Breakfast Quinoa Recipes Using Cooked Quinoa
1. Yogurt Breakfast Quinoa
6 oz. yogurt
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
optional 2 Tbsps fruit, crunchy vegetables, nuts
optional honey, agave or stevia if yogurt is not sweetened
For a quick and easy breakfast on mornings I am on the run, I like to stir 1/3 cup of cooked quinoa into 6 ounces of yogurt. Quinoa makes the yogurt stick with me longer. If I have any fruits or mild vegetables (like cucumbers) or nuts, I will add about 2 Tablespoons to the mix.
If you are mixing your quinoa with a sweetened yogurt, you should not need to sweeten your quinoa.
2. Eggs Over My Breakfast Quinoa
1 Cup of cooked quinoa (may contain vegetables and seasonings)
margarine or oil for pan
2 Tbsp water
optional 1/4 cup vegetables, greens, nuts
optional cheese or nutritional yeast
This takes a few minutes to prepare, but if you enjoy eggs, you will not regret making time for this.
Honestly, if you are trying to feed a man quinoa for breakfast, you probably aren’t going to get away with a fancy cup of yogurt, and you may have to pull out the eggs to make it a meal.
I particularly like eating my leftover quinoa with eggs because then I feel free to prepare my quinoa with vegetables and seasonings. Anything works the next morning with eggs.
I heat a small amount of margarine in skillet. When pan is warm, I add 1 cup of quinoa and cover skillet for 2-3 minutes to heat it thoroughly. Then, I shape the quinoa so it has two wells into which I drop the eggs. I drop 2 Tablespoons of water off to the side of the pan so it will steam up under the lid and poach the eggs. I cover and cook for 3 minutes for runny eggs. You may need to adjust your cooking time depending on how set you like your eggs and how hot you have your pan.
Another twist on eggs over breakfast quinoa – Green Egg and Mushroom Quinoa
3. Quick Breakfast Quinoa Porridge
If you cook a large batch of Quinoa Porridge at the beginning of the week, you can store it in the refrigerator and scoop out individual servings for the next three days to either heat in the microwave or serve cold with milk and your favorite fruits and nuts.
The Embassy Cafe Overnight Quinoa Shortcut
According to @embassycafe at the Embassy Cafe in Cardiff, UK, they put quinoa in a thermos with boiling water in the evening and let it soak all night long. In the morning, the quinoa cooks in five minutes. This sounds like a perfect solution if you prefer to cook your quinoa porridge fresh each day.
Cooking Quinoa Porridge from Scratch
Check out these links for more quinoa porridge ideas:
Apple juice, cinnamon, and quinoa make for a simple, comforting breakfast.
Cinnamon Raisin Porridge Cooked in Coconut Milk
Coconut milk tastes so creamy and decadent, you may want to swap up the raisins for more sophisticated berries.
How will you cook your quinoa today?
No matter how you prepare it, breakfast quinoa helps you start your day energized and nourished.