For only the second time since my daughter was born, my husband and I recently had the opportunity to get away for the weekend—kid free! We had a great time, had lots of laughs, and caught up, but because Scarlett is rarely not by my side, it also felt like I was missing an appendage. A normal outing with her consists of a huge diaper bag slung over my shoulder, chasing her around, and picking up everything she destroys in her path. To those who don’t have kids, this may seem like a nightmare, but to me it’s just the norm, and life without her is kind of…boring. I missed the little hurricane and she was always on my mind. Sunday morning we went out for a nice breakfast at Yew, in the Four Seasons hotel, Vancouver. Scarlett was on my mind then too, and when I spotted the hot, quinoa breakfast cereal on the menu, I couldn’t wait to get home and make it for her! Quinoa often falls into the “super-food” category, so I knew its attributes would make it perfect for breakfast. I followed the cooking instructions on the bag, but cooked the quinoa in coconut milk instead of water. After that I sweetened it with honey, and stirred in vanilla, cinnamon and cranberries, just as I would for making oatmeal. It turned out so good! Cooking it in coconut milk is a must! And as for Scarlett…well you can see for yourself. It went over even better than I thought.
Fun Facts about QuinoaQuinoa is grown at a high elevation of 10,000-20,000 feet above sea level, and can withstand climates that receive less than 8 inches of rain per year. Most quinoa is organic (I have yet to find Quinoa that isn’t organic.) Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all eight essential amino acids. Because it is high in protein, it is a great source of non-animal protein for vegetarians. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index and is a complex carbohydrate, so sugars digest slowly, giving you energy throughout the day (making it a great first meal of the day.) Quinoa is a seed, not a grain or a grass, and is related to the chard, spinach and beet family. Quinoa is gluten-free. Unlike fortified breakfast cereals which contain synthetic vitamins and minerals, quinoa is naturally high in vitamins and minerals, so no need to fortify this hot, quinoa breakfast cereal.
Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
Recipe Type: Breakfast
- 2 Cups Coconut Milk or Almond Milk (I prefer coconut milk for this recipe)
- 1 Cup Quinoa
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (raisins or currants are good substitutes)
- 1 Cup Fresh Berries (optional)
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (plus more for serving)
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- Rinse the quinoa in cold water.
- In a pot, combine milk, quinoa and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
- Once it has reached boiling point, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 min.
- Remove from heat, keeping covered for 5 min.
- Next, stir in honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cranberries
- Serve hot with extra milk, honey, cinnamon and fresh berries.