Thursday, October 04, 2012

vegan mofo :: lazy girl's
breakfast quinoa

For breakfast, go with the grain. Pathetically easy quinoa porridge.

As part of my Sunday night wind-down, I usually cook up a large pot of one grain like millet, kamut, or quinoa, that I use throughout the week sprinkled on salads, in soups, as sides, etc. I do this while I sip on wine, cuddle with my kitties and, catch up on my DVR-ed Real Time with Bill Maher and Project Runway episodes [Quite a contrast in tastes, I know].

Quinoa porridge recipes have recently been sprouting up all over the Internets, and they look invitingly delicious. Only problem is that on weekdays, I am generally not inclined to put anything on the stove before noon except my coffee pot. Enter pre-cooked quinoa.

Sweetened with maple syrup, this hand-smashed "porriidge" is perfect for lazy and busy cooks
To get that porridge-y texture and to help the quinoa absorb the maple syrup, you simply mash it first with a tablespoon. You can doctor this recipe up any way you like – add raisins or dried cherries, fresh or frozen fruit, substitute agave nectar or brown sugar, etc. You can even substitute other porous grains like millet and brown rice. Try it and let me know what you think.

Lazy Girl's Breakfast Quinoa
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa*
  • Pinch tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 T maple syrup, or to taste
  • 2 T toasted, slivered almonds

Serves 1

In a ceramic bowl, mash quinoa using the bottom of a tablespoon. Add everything but the nuts and stir well. Microwave about 1 minute or until warmed through. Top with almonds and enjoy. You can also add some non-dairy milk or creamer if you prefer a soupier porridge.
*To cook quinoa, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Add 1 cup rinsed quinoa, stir, reduce heat to low and simmer about 15 minutes or until all water is removed.

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John McDevitt said...

That's funny, I just started eating quinoa for breakfast!

urban vegan said...

Well John, this *is* a lazy vegan recipe ;)

John McDevitt said...

I should be able to handle it :)

Bianca said...

Yum! That looks great. I need to start eating more porridgey things now that it's getting slightly chilly out (although it's kinda hot here today).

Amey said...

yeah! I was having quinoa for breakfast for a while... but I think I got out of that rhythm once summer came. Thanks for the reminder!

Suburban Snow White said...

Brilliant! Love lazy stuff.

dreaminitvegan said...

I've only had quinoa flakes for breakfast and still haven't tried it this way before.

1 Froggy Evening said...

Hi Urban Vegan, looks like a great morning recipe! How much quinoa or other grain do you cook on Sunday and how long does it last before it becomes too mushy to eat? I like the idea, just need some additional details. Thank you!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

i have no foresight to cook ahead like this and it bites me in the ass every day!!! i need to become a meal planner bad.


urban vegan said...

Hey Froggy: I make for myself one cup of grains (dry--which at least doubles cooked). It usually lasts me until Friday. You can freeze some cooked grains in ziplocks, FYI.