Thursday, August 12, 2010

Quinoa oatmeal

This makes a great low-cal filling breakfast. Throw some dried or fresh fruit on top for extra flavor. Best of all, quinoa is actually a complete protein (all eight essential amino acids). I've made this in big batches instead of regular oatmeal (when I ran out of steel-cut oats), and reheated a little each morning at work.

1 cup quinoa, cooked with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and allspice
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Cook the quinoa; bring it to a boil, lower heat, and simmer 12-15 minutes or until the spiral-y things come out of the grains and the water has been absorbed. Meanwhile, add the spices to the milk and cream and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and let steep until the quinoa is done. Add the spiced milk to the cooked quinoa, let boil over medium, and let simmer until the mixture has thickened. Once it cooks slightly, it will thicken even more.

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