This is actually a breakfast I was eating before I started eating vegan, but it's something I've relied on a lot during my vegan eating challenge.
Since it's still cold as balls around here (and I need some warming up when I get in from my dog's morning walk), I've been really into eating warm breakfasts. I love oatmeal and I also like quinoa as oatmeal, but I'm also always trying to expand my eating horizons. Enter kasha, often called buckwheat. I'd heard about it when I first went gluten-free, but I hadn't ever really tried to incorporate it into my diet, other than eating the Kashi cereal once in a while. It's super healthy, though—filling, full of fiber, and pretty close to being a complete protein. It has a very distinct, very earthy flavor. I like it, but kasha can be strong for the morning, much stronger than the flavors of oatmeal or quinoa. That's why I like to mix it with applesauce, it adds a bit of sweetness (plus another fruit serving!)
This is the quick, easy way I've been eating kasha for breakfast in the mornings. The recipe says it takes 20 minutes, but if you cook up a pot of kasha and keep it in the fridge, you can have this breakfast ready in 3 minutes flat.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Kasha
total time: 20 minutes
total hands on time: 3 minutes
What you'll need:
1 cup of dry buckwheat kasha
1/4-1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used almond, but soy, coconut or even regular milk would be fine)
1 apple, diced
sprinkle of cinnamon
squirt of lemon juice
What you'll do:
1. Prepare the kasha according to these directions. Like with quinoa, you use a 2:1 ratio of kasha to water. You will likely have some leftover.
2. Once the kasha almost finished (about 20 minutes), chop the apple, squirt on some lemon juice, sprinke on some cinnamon, and microwave it on high for about 1 minute 45 seconds, or until just slightly cooked.
3.When the kasha is done, portion out the amount you want to eat (it will have cooked up in size quite a bit) and place it in a bowl. Stir in the applesauce until it is totally mixed in with the kasha. Add in a bit of the milk of your choice here, too.
4. Top with diced apples and enjoy.
When I make this, I usually make enough kasha for a few days' breakfasts and just microwave it with the applesauce and the milk. It's easy to modify this to include what you have on hand; today, I ate mine with blueberries and bananas. Dried fruit and granola would be good to add, too.