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Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

March/April 2013

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Quinoa is often turned into a creamy hot breakfast cereal in Bolivia, where much of the world’s quinoa is grown. This healthy breakfast quinoa recipe is a hot cereal that is infused with an aromatic chai-inspired blend of spices—cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


Spiced Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

Makes: 2 servings, scant 1 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons currants or raisins

Preparation

  1. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well with cold water. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add quinoa and cook, stirring, until the grains are separated and smell fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in honey and vanilla.
  2. Whisk egg white in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the hot cereal. Repeat with 5 more tablespoons until the egg white is completely incorporated. Stir in currants (or raisins). Return the cereal to the saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until thickened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; serve cold or reheat over low heat or in the microwave; thin with water or milk as desired.

Nutrition

Per serving: 311 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrates; 17 g added sugars; 12 g protein; 4 g fiber; 161 mg sodium; 547 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (26% daily value), Folate (22% dv), Calcium (19% dv), Potassium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lowfat milk


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Recipe Categories

Meal/Course
Breakfast
Type of Dish
Main dish, vegetarian
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
2
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Publication
March/April 2013

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