Friday, May 20, 2011

Quinoa breakfast pilaf

Breakfast: Quinoa breakfast pilaf

Lunch: Couscous salad with balsamic vinegar and banana bread at work, woo!

Dinner: Egg fried rice with veggies stir fried in chili black bean sauce

Yes, I have successfully integrated the amazing quinoa (that's quite a good name for a magician, eh?) into all three of my meals now, and this one might just be my favourite.

Quinoa is actually a pseudocereal, and is actually closer to spinach than to grains. Like spinach, it has a high iron content (great for us veggies) and has a very balanced amino acid content, making it a complete protein. You've probably heard the odd militant carnivore tell you that as a vegetarian, you cannot get enough protein in your diet. This is wrong on many levels; the average human actually exceeds their necessary protein intake by about 100%, and the focus should be on getting a whole protein rather than buckets full of whey protein or stacks of beef.

Quinoa contains a portion of each of the 9 essential amino acids, making it a whole protein, so this breakfast is not only light, delicious and easy to make, it's seriously good for you too.

You'll need
(Feeds 2)
1 cup quinoa
1 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk / almond milk
1 banana

Soak quinoa for 15 minutes in water
Drain and rinse thoroughly
Simmer in your chosen milk for 30 minutes
Stir in the blueberries
Stir in the banana and fluff with a fork
Serve with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon

This is much different to the textures of many cereals so it might take you a few bites to get into it, but after that, you'll be hooked. I definitely am!

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