Quinoa for Breakfast

Quinoa for Breakfast

Cooked Breakfast Cereal.  Do you like it or not?

I really don’t like breakfast cereal of any kind except I do like grits for breakfast (recipe here) and occasionally I like to snack on dry cereal out of the package but that’s about it.

Quinoa.  Do you like it or not?

I have to admit that until about four years ago I had never heard of quinoa but now it’s trendy and pretty much a common household word.  I’ve eaten it in salads, but haven’t super loved it and I’ve seen lots of recipes for casseroles, salads, and even cookies (have you tried quinoa cookies?).  But I really like the idea of eating quinoa for it’s health benefits so when I decided to try it for breakfast I was so happy that it completely works as a cooked breakfast cereal.  Even my hubby likes it.  He’s eaten oatmeal practically every morning for about the last fifteen years (he’s a good boy and balances his meal out with eggs – I don’t like eggs) but he tried the quinoa with milk and sugar and thought it was really tasty and a nice change up.

It refrigerates so much better than oatmeal so a few times we’ve cooked up a double batch and refrigerated it and then just scoop out a serving at breakfast time, warm it up, and add our toppings – any toppings that suit your taste will work here.

Here are a few Quinoa facts: It’s a whole grain grown in the high Andes mountains of South America.  It provides all 9 essential amino acids so it makes a complete protein and it’s gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and almost always organic.  It’s a great source of dietary fiber and phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium.  And it cooks up quickly – just 15 minutes!

Give it a try and see if you like it for breakfast.

Quinoa [for Breakfast]

Yield: about 4 servings

For breakfast my husband likes his quinoa with raw milk and sugar, just like eating regular cooked cereal.

I prefer mine with just a small amount of almond milk or raw milk, and topped with blueberries and brown sugar. (Something magical happens when brown sugar is sprinkled over blueberries!)


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Topping ideas:
  • berries
  • any kind of fresh or dried fruit
  • white or brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • sliced almonds or pecans or any nut
  • honey
  • toasted coconut
  • pure maple syrup


  1. In a medium saucepan add all of the ingredients and stir.
  2. Bring it to a boil then cover the pan with a lid and turn the burner down to simmer.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes (with the lid on).
  5. Fluff the quinoa and now it's ready to eat.


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