I knew people ate quinoa for breakfast, similar to the way they ate oatmeal, but I'd never done it. I figured this quinoa project/challenge/undertaking was as good a reason as any to try it out. I thought I would feel kind of skeevy eating quinoa with milk after eating it with all sorts of other ingredients (onions, spices, cheese) for days, but it was actually delicious and comforting, the perfect breakfast for a cold January day.
I topped my quinoa with bananas and diced dried plums. I picked up a container of these Sunsweet "diced dried plums" at CVS the other day because I thought they'd be good to sprinkle on top of greek yogurt and oatmeal...which they are. But why are they called "diced dried plums?" These things are cut up PRUNES. Of course, dried plums and prunes are the exact same thing, but is Sunsweet trying to rebrand prunes as not-prunes? Because I don't see anything wrong with prunes. They're tasty and they're full of fiber and they have a reputation for getting the job done, if you know what I mean, so why not just call them PRUNES? Why the avoidance of the prune word? Does this seem weird to anyone else?
Quinoa as Oatmeal
total time: 5 minutes
total hands on time: 2 minutes
What you'll need:
1/2 cup prepared quinoa
1/2 cup almond milk or other milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
drizzle of honey
cut up fruit of your choice
What you'll do:
1. Mix the quinoa, milk, cinnamon and honey together in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
2. Top with fruit. Bananas and mini-prunes were delicious, but I want to try this with raisins and apples, too. Or mango and shredded coconut, blueberries and strawberries, pear and walnut...the list goes on. But prunes are prunes. RIGHT?!
If you're making this using dry quinoa, I've seen recipes where they use milk as the liquid for preparation. That sounds delicious, especially if you boiled it all together with some cinnamon and spices.
This is a post in my Three Days of Quinoa Challenge. Check out my other recipes in the challenge: Spinach Quinoa Casserole, Cranberry Quinoa Muffins, Pear, Cranberry and Spinach Salad with Quinoa, and Lemony Chickpea Quinoa.