Eggs are the true staple of breakfast foods, but despite being so versatile even eggs can get a bit redundant after a while. Then there are the traditional cereal and grain choices along with porridge, some breakfast breads and muffin ideas that can add up to make inspiring breakfast varieties. And now there is a new super food making headlines as one of the healthiest meal choices, breakfast or otherwise.
Known as quinoa, this grain like food is considered a complete protein; one that contains all eight essential amino acids, a credential not many other foods can boast of. Given its slightly crunchy, nutty texture and rich flavor, quinoa can be a meal for any occasion ranging from breakfast and lunch to dinner and even dessert. It is a good fit for both sweet and savory dishes and can easily be included in a variety of meal ideas.
For breakfast lovers, quinoa is a perfect food to experiment with as it can go well with many traditional breakfast ideas turning them into something different yet increasingly flavorful and diverse. Here are some breakfast ideas with a new take by including quinoa in the recipes:
Porridge with quinoa:
Porridge is a traditional breakfast favorite all over the world. When made with quinoa it resembles oatmeal without the oats. Quinoa porridge is prepared by making a serving of regular quinoa with the addition of a cup of milk at the end. The mixture is then let to simmer until it thickens to the desired consistency and then can be topped with any breakfast favorite condiment.
Options like applesauce, honey, a dash of cinnamon or any topping of a handful of seasonal fruits can make the porridge into a unique culinary experience every time.
Pancakes with quinoa:
Quinoa is also available as finely ground flour and can be used in place of, or paired with regular flour to make interesting breakfast foods. Pancakes are a favorite breakfast option among people of all ages and are already a very versatile food. Pancakes can be made savory or sweet and topped with or filled with fruits of most kinds. To make a healthier version of pancakes why not try and use half quinoa flour with half regular flour to make the pancake batter. Or for an even more adventurous cooking experience, mix in a scoop of cooked quinoa into the prepared batter. The result will be nutty textured pancakes that can then be topped with your favorite toppings.
Eggs with quinoa:
Pairing the king of breakfast foods with quinoa will result in the creation of some interesting concoctions. Cooked quinoa can be folded into an omelet along with other favorite fillings like chopped onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers or even grated cheese if you wish. The quinoa omelet lends crunchiness to every bite of the omelet.
Quinoa can also be baked with eggs in a bake by mixing onions, eggs, herbs, red pepper flakes, shredded cheese and spinach and then baking the mixture at 350 degrees for about one hour.
Breads and muffins with quinoa:
Just like in quinoa pancakes, quinoa flour can also be incorporated into batter mixes for breakfast breads and muffins. The simple rule is to replace half the regular flour with quinoa flour and bake according to the recipe. The resulting bread or muffins will have a delightful crunch when eaten.
Breakfast hash with quinoa:
There is nothing simpler than throwing in some chopped foods together, mixing them up with spices and then cooking them to get great results. Likewise, quinoa can also be thrown into a mix of your favorite type of potatoes, paired with your favorite veggies and leafy greens. The quinoa hash thus created can be topped and served with a fried egg or a poached one to serve a hearty breakfast.
Given the nature of this nutty and chewy protein packed food, quinoa dishes can be served warm or cold. They can be easily paired with fresh or cooked fruits or with steamed or stir fried veggies to get the flavor that you crave for. Sprinkling quinoa cereals with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or mixing them up with dried fruits like raisins, cranberries or blueberries will make them a breakfast favorite with all.