Here is the perfect breakfast for an aspiring super hero...or for someone who ate a little too much junk at the state fair. I'm not going to name any names here but SOMEONE gobbled down 1/2 a helping of curly fries with fry sauce, a falafel sandwich and 1/2 of an elephant ear. Oh yes...and an RC Cola. What?! Of course it wasn't me. Remember, I'm on a new sugar free diet. Only Xylitol, Agave and Stevia for me. ;D
I spotted this fantastic porridge over at Stir Crazy and I just had to try it! With the steel cut oats and quinoa it's just packed with super goodness!
Did you know that quinoa isn't really a grain? It is actually the seed of a leafy plant distantly related to spinach. Quinoa contains loads of iron as well as high levels of potassium and riboflavin, B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and folic acid. The rolled oats bring a nice nutty flavor to this porridge as well as fiber, protein, a bit of calcium and I'm sure a whole lot of vitamins and minerals as well.
The recipe over at Stir Crazy also calls for dates. Oh, how I love dates! Unfortunately, I only had raisins so they had to stand in for those yummy dates.
This is such a rustic, hearty, wholesome, delicious way to start the day!
Sweet Inca Porridge
Adapted from Stir Crazy
Serves about 4
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups water
1/2 raisins (or preferably dates!)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place water, quinoa, oats and salt in a medium saucepan and cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except the almonds. Mix well. Turn off heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve warm.
I added a little milk to my porridge...just because.
Hope you enjoy this too. Happy Monday!