This week the Registered Dietitians and Diet Technicians offered up a unique spin on quinoa for National Nutrition Month. Many of you reported you have had it as a side dish at dinner or in a salad for lunch. However on Wednesday, we served quinoa for breakfast! Spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom, the sky is the limit for extra add-ins to further boost the nutrition of your morning meal.
Additional Flavor Ideas to Mix and Match:
- Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, etc)
- Diced apple or pear
- Banana slices
- Mixed berries
- Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, prunes)
- Almond or peanut butter
- A tablespoon of flax seed or chia for healthy essential fatty acids
- Honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for sweetness
- Scrambled egg for protein
Hot Spiced Quinoa Cereal
Recipe by Melisa Ahner, yields ~4 servings
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 cup soy or dairy milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Put quinoa, water, cinnamon stick, salt, and spices in pot.
- Bring to boil over high heat.?
- Reduce to simmer and cook ~10 minutes until water is absorbed?.
- Stir in milk and cook ~10 more minutes and for doneness: quinoa should be tender but maintain a little crunch
If you’ve tried cooking quinoa before, and it just didn’t turn out quite right, here are some further quinoa cooking tips for achieving light, fluffy quinoa every time:
- ?Rinse your dry quinoa in water before cooking. A fluffier product results from removing the grit from the grains.
- Less [water] is more.?Many packages recommend 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. If your quinoa has turned out mushy using this ratio, try reducing the ratio to 1 ½ parts water 1 part quinoa. ??
- No peeking!? Once you close that pot lid over your cooking quinoa - no peeking! And no stirring! Do not disturb!??
- Let it sit. ?After cooking and before you lift the lid, turn OFF the stove let the quinoa sit for a good 5-10 minutes. Again - no peeking!
- Stick a fork in it. ?Fluff your cooked quinoa with a fork instead of stirring with a spoon to prevent sticky, clumpy quinoa.