Quinoa Porridge

In my last blog post, I wrote about our adventures in AZ. When we travel, we often bring some food from home, and buy fresh produce and protein wherever we are.
This trip, I had a lot of cooked quinoa. I packed a Ziploc quart bag full with the excess quinoa. I had been making a recipe including quinoa, misjudged the amount, and the rest became meals.
Have you ever had leftover, unseasoned quinoa? What do you make with your quinoa?
With some of the leftover quinoa, I made breakfast. I put some leftover quinoa in a pan with some skim milk. I added some cinnamon, and a few raisins. It appeared I added too much milk, so SpecialK suggested I add some rolled oats. I did just what he suggested. He reminded me to cook for several minutes more, to make sure the oats were cooked.

The end result was delicious. Because I put only a few raisins in, I also put some fresh blueberries in the next morning. We brought home the leftovers, and I ate them the following day for breakfast, and lunch.
I came home feeling rather ill, so after eating up the leftovers, I only picked at food for a few days. Until I felt better, and began to want more food, more diversity. The only thing is, I wanted more of my quinoa porridge. So I cooked more quinoa, so I could start with more leftovers?  Perhaps, but I also considered it a time saver. That way, I can make more quinoa porridge, and I won’t have to wait for the quinoa to cook.

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Quinoa Porridge
Serves 2

½ Cup Skim Milk
¾ Cup Unseasoned cooked quinoa
¼ Cup rolled oats
¼ Cup raisins
Cinnamon, to taste
1 – 1 ½ teaspoons sweetener of choice.

  • Pour the skim milk into a saucepan or frying pan.

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  • As the milk begins to boil, add the rolled oats, followed by the quinoa.
  • Add the raisins and cinnamon, to taste. Add approximately 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup.

 

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  • Stir, and heat. Once the dish is hot, serve.

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For a bit of tang, add a spoon of fat free Greek yogurt. It adds a creamy, tangy taste to the slightly sweetened cinnamon taste of the quinoa and oats.

I add just enough maple syrup to move the taste towards sweet, without actually being sweet.

Which chopped, toasted nuts would you add to this dish? I haven’t decided yet, walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds? I haven’t gotten there yet, but I will.

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If you only have ½ Cup of leftover quinoa, try adding ½ Cup Rolled Oats. I like the ratio above, but if you vary it, let me know how you like it best.

*Leftovers are great!  I like making a batch in advance, and reheating is easy.  If you want, add a few tablespoons of skim milk into your pot, add some Quinoa Porridge, stir until hot.  Another way to reheat is in your microwave.  I find 1 minute in my microwave heats it well.  Please use your knowledge of your microwave to determine how long you will need to reheat.

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