8.29.2010

super hero porridge

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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

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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
sliced almonds

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!



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31 comments:

girlichef said...

This looks and sounds awesome...I'm definitely trying this one...love the ancient-ness of it ;) (seriously...I do!)

Joanne said...

Well if you don't have superpowers to start off with, you will after eating this! It is chock full of so many good things! Love it.

Kim said...

I love when people do healthy breakfast recipes and am always looking for new and exciting recipes. Breakfast is by far my favorite and this looks fantastic. Also, I love the idea of eating more quinoa, but find that I have a hard time eating it on it's own. I like this idea of mixing it in with the oats!! Great recipe:)

Jo said...

Yummy!
There is a chill in the air this morning reminding us that fall is right around the corner. This will be a perfect way to start my day.

Jo
Thanks for the suggestion ~ now if I only knew how to create a button :)

Claudia said...

Love the combination of quinoa with the steel oats. I will do this breakfast - I love oatmeals and additions - just waiting for the temps to go below 90 degrees.

bellini valli said...

I grew up with porridge every morning for breakfast. It would be lovely to have this fortified version.

Mary said...

This sounds so delicious. It is perfect for a cool fall morning.I hope all has been well. Blessings...Mary

Randi Troxell said...

i'm so sorry... i cannot stand porridge.. i have tried and tried.. and then tried more..

just cannot do it.. hubs loves it though, but he would adore this recipe!!!

TKW said...

Sounds like a good way to detox after all of the State Fair goodies! But who can resist falafel?

Jeannie said...

Sounds like a very delicious substitute for junk food, love dates too:D

Gloria said...

I love porridge and this loo delicious! x gloria

pigpigscorner said...

wow, this is loaded with good stuff!yummy!

teresa said...
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teresa said...

i could sure use some super hero power right now. what an amazing breakfast, i love it!

Faith said...

Great minds truly think alike, Kim! My last post was a recipe for quinoa porridge! :) Your recipe looks amazing, I'll be trying it next!

Stella said...

Oh Kim, this sounds like such a truly healthful and delicious way to start the day. I'm trying it for sure-I have some organic quinoa in the pantry.
p.s. I love your bowl. It's so fitting for the quinoa (smile)!

Monet said...

Kim,
What a nutrient packed breakfast. I imagine that this would be a great way to start the day. I love using quinoa in breakfast, and I think that the addition of oats, raisins and almonds would make my normal breakfast routine even better!

sweetlife said...

great recipe, loaded with healthy goodness...perfect for back to school

sweetlife

Magic of Spice said...

What a wonderful breakfast...such flavorful and healthy goodness :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love quinoa- I've never mixed it with oats but it sounds really good for a cool morning breakfast!

Abby said...

Looks very healthy and wholesome! I'm not a porridge person, but this is something I'd definitely scoff down.

Julie said...

Looks so full of healthy-ness! Also make me think of 3 bears walking through the woods...I'd definitely risk getting caught to snatch some of this :)

Jamie said...

This porridge looks like my absolute favorite comfort food of all times, oatmeal. Intriguing made with quinoa! I love the delicate crunch of the quinoa berries. I would love a bowl of this right now!

citymouse said...

I am pretty sure I would love this. I think I could live off oatmeal, porridge and muesli, etc. I just made a huge amount of muesli. I am wondering about serving it hot. Maybe letting it steep in hot milk? I might give it a try.

Emily said...

I had to Google "Elephant Ears" as I had never heard of them before. ;) I also love quinoa. It is so awesome!

The Blonde Duck said...

What's an elephant ear?

Mimi said...

This will give you a hearty start to your day.
Mimi

Maddy said...

Lol! The state fair will do that sort of thing to "someone" :) And you're telling me you didn't have funnel cake? The day is not complete without some funnel cake.

5 Star Foodie said...

This is such a yummy and nutritious breakfast!

Juliana said...

Wow Kim, this is very neat...quinoa porridge. It sure looks so healthy and tasty :-)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Moi happens to be an aspiring super hero, and I do just love a big hearty breakfast as it is my favourite meal of the day. This looks awesome!
*kisses* HH

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