In The Mood for Quinoa Porridge and Tea

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Thinking about recipes this early Monday morning made me hungry. I was washing dishes at the kitchen sink dreaming of white truffle season, Thanksgiving dinner planning, and what kind of dishes to create for The Sensual Foodie recipe book, when my belly reminded me that it was nearing late morning and I had nothing but tea to drink. Feathery gray clouds outside the window billowed into the blue sky while cool wind swooshed the falling leaves around on the pavement.

Fall weather.

As I was craving something warm and cozy, my hands went right for the quinoa in the cabinet. I love making porridge with this healthy superfood grain. Well, actually quinoa is not a grain. It's an ancient seed from the spinach family (Chenopodiaceae). It packs a punch of goodness with quality plant protein, containing eight essential amino acids, and it is gluten and wheat free. What more could you want for your healthy breakfast?

Warm quinoa porridge with almond milk, green apples, goji berries and Medjool dates.

Yes, I was in the mood for this.

I put the kettle on and spooned a few tablespoons of Assam loose leaf tea into our Chinese teapot as the quinoa simmered in its milky froth. It's so simple to make and perfectly cozy for fall and winter mornings.

Here is an easy recipe for your blustery October morning if you are in the mood for warm porridge and tea like I am. For this recipe I added half of a tart green apple, a few chopped Medjool dates, a sprinkle of goji berries, dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Don't you love that? I'm like your fairy good witch giving you the recipe for a delicious spell of warm breakfast cereal. I hope you like it. Serve with your morning cup of tea and daydream out the window.

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Quinoa Porridge with Green Apples, Goji Berries & Dates

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa

  • 3 cups almond milk (add more as you like)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut "manna" (whole coconut in cream base-- I use Nutiva Coconut Manna) -- or -- coconut oil

  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon (add more if desired)

  • 3 Medjool dates (or any other type of dates available), pitted and cut into pieces

  • 1/2 green apple, diced

  • 1 tablespoon goji berries (add more if desired)

  • coconut creamer and honey to taste

Method

Rinse quinoa thoroughly using a fine sieve. If you have time to soak your quinoa, do so before cooking by rinsing and soaking it. If you are in a hurry, just rinsing is fine but use a slightly higher heat. Place quinoa and almond milk into saucepan, simmer at medium to low heat for approximately 7-10 minutes, until the quinoa is fluffy. I like to add the almond milk in little by little, and finish it with a splash of cool coconut creamer to serve.

Pit dates and chop them to little pieces the size of raisins. Dice up the green apple. Select amount of goji berries.

Serve in a bowl, spooning in the quinoa, and add the green apple, dates and goji berries as you like. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a splash of coconut creamer or more almond milk. Drizzle on honey to taste. Enjoy.

About goji berries:

Goji berries are suggested as a nutritional support for anti-aging, hormone balancing, and other benefits by nutritional experts. Goji berries contain a secretagogue (stimulates secretion) which helps the endocrine glands release hormones (like human growth hormone) from the pituitary gland. Rich in beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and polysaccharides that help support a healthy vision and immune system. They taste slightly tangy with the texture of a raisin.

** Please take precaution with eating too many goji berries if you are taking blood thinners **