SPICED QUINOA AND CHIA PORRIDGE

BY Ceres Organics

vegan   

Ready in 30 minutes | Serves 2


Mmmm, porridge… a winter favourite! Unfortunately for some, most versions use oats as the main ingredient, which is a no go if you’re on a gluten-free diet or are intolerant to oats. This healthy breakfast recipe contains no oats and is equally as warming, delicious and super good for you.

Quinoa is such a fantastic ingredient. If you have not tried it, then get onto it. It can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and is super versatile.

So what exactly is quinoa? Quinoa pronounced (keen–wah) is actually not a true grain, although it was referred to as “the mother of all grains” by the ancient Incas. Rather it is an ancient seed that is used like a grain. Quinoa is the cousin of amaranth, both hailing from Peru.

Quinoa is naturally gluten free and has a delicious nutty taste, but needs rinsing prior to cooking or it will have a bitter taste from the saponin! For a seed, quinoa contains a pretty decent amount of protein, actually equal to that of milk. High in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and vitamin E, quinoa should be a staple ingredient in your pantry!

Serve this breakfast up with fresh fruit, almond or rice milk and, if you want to sweeten it up, add a little coconut, rice malt or maple syrup.

Ingredients

1 cup Organic Quinoa, White

¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 star anise seed

1 cardomom pod (opened)

1 tablespoon Organic Chia Seeds (pre-soaked in 1/2 cup water)

Rice Dream Original Enriched (to serve)

Method

Cook quinoa according to packet instructions, adding spices to the water.

Stir through chia seeds. Serve with rice milk or nut milk of your choice.