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Almost Instant Breakfast Quinoa


I love starting the day with a bowl of warm breakfast cereal. Hearty and soothing- it fills me up and curbs my hunger. But, I don’t always have the time to make a pot of steel cut oats or fresh simmered breakfast quinoa. I can spare 2 minutes…so Almost Instant Breakfast Quinoa is my hot cereal of choice.

It’s ready in a snap because this breakfast quinoa recipe starts with cooked quinoa. I often have a bowl of cooked quinoa in the fridge to use for quick dinners like quinoa salad, or to serve with baked tofu or steamed veggies. Turns out, it’s also great for breakfast.

Here’s an easy recipe for breakfast quinoa. First, you’ll need to make a pot of quinoa. Do this the night before.

How to Cook Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water

Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse and drain quinoa. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling. Cover and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Makes about 4 cups cooked quinoa.

Next, transfer the cooked quinoa to a storage container. Cover and refrigerate until breakfast time. After a good night’s sleep, get up and make a bowl of breakfast quinoa.

Almost Instant Breakfast Quinoa
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or soymilk
Pure maple syrup, sucanat or brown sugar
Desired toppings such as fruit, nuts, seeds and spices

In a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl combine quinoa and almond milk. Microwave on HIGH power for about 1 minute until hot and steamy. Sweeten to taste with maple syrup. Add desired toppings. Makes 1 serving.

Topping ideas for breakfast quinoa:

  • Mango, almonds, coconut and cinnamon
  • Blueberries, raspberries, walnuts and ground flaxseed
  • Diced fresh apple, banana slices and peanut butter or almond butter
  • Dried cranberries, golden raisins, pistachios, cinnamon and ginger

More breakfast quinoa recipes:
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa from Kingfield Kitchen
Sprouted Quinoa Breakfast Bowl from Kingfield Kitchen
Breakfast Quinoa from Martha Stewart

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Stephanie, the Recipe Renovator April 5, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Jen, what a great idea! I’ll try this with the brown rice in my fridge right now!

  • Ellie B. January 19, 2012, 10:34 pm

    This is simply lovely sounding! I try my best to not eat grains, but I appreciate a good bowl of oatmeal. This sounds like the healthier compromise I was looking for.

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