Organic Black Quinoa for Breakfast

Quinoa pronounced “KEEN-wah” is a modern day staple for salads, cookies, and side dishes with most health conscious flavorista’s and has been for quite a few years {5000-7000 to be somewhat exact!}  I think of it as the couscous cult from the 90’s that has now converted over, also it reminds me of the cilantro flower turning into coriander.  It has the most delicious, somewhat crunchy and very nutty-flavored wonderfulness to it.  I’m in love with organic red and black quinoa at the moment, it makes a beautiful filling “something different for breakfast” that takes no time at all to make.  There are so many topping variations, apples, figs, dates, walnuts, raisins, raw almonds, just keep it healthy.

Just a few ingredients you can have a high energy boosting, long lasting breakfast! I sprinkle a dusting of ground flax seed and ground cinnamon, even change up the honey for amber agave nectar from time to time!  Local raw honey is best although it’s hard to keep around the house, this pure clover is my back up! Organic quinoa can be purchased at your local grocery usually in the pasta or rice isle, or at most health food stores in bulk.  The bulk runs around $6.00 a pound.

This is one of the kitchen loves of my life, his name is Mr. Rice Cooker.  If you don’t have a Mr. around the house, you need to think about getting one!  You can make so many different dishes with him including steel cut oats, rice, quinoa, brown rice, it’s a crock-pot, steamer etc. ta’ boot!  Could be the best purchase of the century!

The quinoa is made just like rice, one part quinoa, two parts rice, press start and stand back!  The quinoa can be made on the stove top in a sauce pan as well.  Top with your favorite ingredients!

Bon Appetit!

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