Quinoa Porridge


Quinoa has exploded in popularity across the world in the last decade, and for good reason. It is extremely nutrient-dense for such a tiny seed- yes, it's a seed! Resembling a grain, yet not a grain, quinoa is actually the seed of a plant that is closely related to chard. When cooked, it releases a tiny curlicue tail and "fluffs" up making it an excellent, filling grain substitute. It is a complete source of protein and favored by vegans and vegetarians. It is also high in fiber, iron, copper, magnesium, and B vitamins. Because quinoa is naturally gluten free, it is a great addition to a gluten free diet. It can be used in baking as a flour, made into pasta, or even cooked as a sumptious breakfast porridge, as shown in this recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups non-dairy milk (like almond, coconut, hemp, or oat)
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Optional toppings: bananas, strawberries, cooked apples, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, sliced almonds

Directions

Rinse the quinoa under water for a minutes to remove the bitter tasting saponins. You'll know it's clean when the water runs clear.

Pour 2 cups of non-dairy milk into a medium sized pot. Set heat to medium and stir gently until it begins to bubble.

When the milk has begun to simmer, add the drained quinoa and sea salt, stirring until combined. Let the quinoa come to a gentle boil. Cover slightly and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and add the maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, stirring gently.

Replace the lid, leaving slightly uncovered, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add additional milk if needed.

Add optional toppings if desired.

Enjoy!

Quinoa As stated above, quinoa is a powerhouse of nutrition in tiny seed form. One cup of cooked quinoa provides about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, which is 20% of the recommended daily intake for fiber. Many people find quinoa easier to digest and more filling and satisfying than wheat or rice. It is super versatile and can be made into savory dishes and sweet dishes. It is even possible to make cooked quinoa into chocolate cake! Stay tuned for that recipe :)

Flax seeds are also tiny seeds loaded with nutrition. They're an abundant source of omega-3 fats, (in the form of ALA, which converts somewhat to DHA in the body), lignans, or plant estrogens which some studies show may fight cardiovascular disease and insoluble and soluble fiber which are good for digestive health (What).

Celtic sea salt is a mineral rich sea salt derived from the Celtic Sea. It is abundant in over 60 trace minerals and contains electrolytes that are essential for proper nerve transmission, enzymatic processes, adrenal function, hormone regulation, and thyroid function. This type of sea salt is hand-harvested in Brittany, France using a traditional artisanal method. 

References

What Are the Benefits of Flaxseed Lignans? Tremblay, S. Retrieved October 6, 2020, from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-flaxseed-lignans-8277.html