As someone who is gluten intolerant, but an avid lover of comfort food, quinoa porridge has been my absolute saviour. Now, the word 'Superfood' gets thrown around as much these days as the word 'influential' gets thrown around in the music industry. But seriously, this food really is super! It's protein rich and contains all nine essential amino acids, it's high in fibre (contains almost twice as much as other high-fibre foods), and also contains iron, magnesium and other healthy stuff. It's a no-brainer, really.. give this easy recipe a try, it makes enough for two to three breakfasts, which is also awesome because you only have to make it 2-3 times per week, perfect for morning gym goers such as myself! I make it at night while I am also making my dinner, and portion it up into bowls, cover with cling film and pop it in the fridge ready to go. Quinoa can sometimes have a bitter flavour, but if you cook it with a bit of love and care, you can cook the bad taste out. I find that cooking it in advance helps, or another trick is to pre-soak the flakes in the milk and water overnight in the fridge.
1 cup of organic quinoa flakes (you can get these at coles and woolies these days)
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional: 1 grated apple (sometimes I use half a tub of apple puree - you know, baby food)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp LSA (ground up linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds, also found at supermarkets)
1. Place the first 5 ingredients (or 6 if you included apple) in a small saucepan on the stove.
2. Bring to the boil and once it's boiling, turn down to low heat.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes
Serve with fresh berries or sliced banana, and finish off with the LSA and Chia seeds sprinkled over the top.
Note: LSA stands for Linseed, Sunflower Seeds and Almonds. LSA usually comes in a fine or coarsely
ground form and can be bought ready-made from health food stores and some supermarkets (Coles now
sell their own brand of LSA). LSA is packed with essential nutrients including fibre, magnesium, omega-3 fats, vitamins E, D, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), biotin, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc and numerous other micro-nutrients. Add it to smoothies, salads, cakes, cereals and more!