Quinoa for Breakfast

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Ever had it?  It’s quite good.  I like it with chopped dates, shredded coconut, and almonds but you could add just about anything.

1.  Cook the desired amount of quinoa according to package directions.  If you want, any kind of milk may be substituted for some of the water.  I used a can (1 1/2 cups) of coconut milk.  You can also leave the liquid 1/2 cup short and add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (or cream) after the quinoa has cooked if you like your hot cereal more creamy.

2.  As for sweeteners, you can add sugar to taste with the liquid.  If you prefer something more natural you can replace some of the liquid with an equal amount of honey, agave nectar, molasses, or maple syrup.  I prefer to add this at the end because the quinoa seems to cook more quickly without it, but I can’t prove that scientifically. 😉

3.  Add any dried fruit with the liquid.  Dates, dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, dried figs, crystalized ginger….  You are only limited by your imagination! (and whatever you have in your pantry.)

4.  Serve hot with milk and additional toppings, if desired.  I used shredded coconut, almonds and plain greek yogurt.  You could also use walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios, chocolate, whipped cream,…..

Viola!  Not the prettiest hot breakfast, but darn tasty!  If you prefer a beautiful breakfast, try red quinoa.  Either way it’s a welcome change from oatmeal.

Breakfast, don’t leave home without it!

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