Real quick, I have a little eco tip! I hate getting phone books. Who uses phone books anymore, seriously!? No really, I want to know. It's absurdity. Anyways, you can opt out of receiving them and it just takes a minute, truly. So if you have phone book recycling guilt, just opt out here. And now, a confession. Red quinoa isn't my friend anymore. It was a short relationship. Every time I try to make it, it boils over, a problem I never had with good ol' regular white quinoa. Also, I do not like it's texture. It's like munching on soggy packing peanuts. This is, of course, just my opinion. 

Last night, after the umami bomb, I felt like something sweet for dinner. Sweet, but still healthy, so I made some quinoa porridge. It's like steel cut oats, but quinoa instead. It's healthier, heartier and a complete protein! Also, it's just so rustic and lovely. 

Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge

This quinoa porridge is a healthier take on blueberry pie and oatmeal! It's a little bit chewy, lovingly spiced, and speckled with plump, tart blueberries. The sweetness is cut through with a little lemon zest and topped with crunchy walnuts, pecans and chia seeds for some extra protein.  

Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge 

Serves 1-2

  • Porridge:
  • 1/2 cup dry red quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup non-dairy + additional (soy milk)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • grating of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. chai latte powder (optional)
  • heaping 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • Toppings:
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans and walnuts)
  • sprinkling of chia seeds
  • lemon zest, to taste
  • fresh lemon squeeze, to taste

In a medium saucepan, combine all the porridge ingredients except for the blueberries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Allow to cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally and ensuring that it doesn't foam over. The quinoa should be the consistency of  wet oatmeal when done.

Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Remove from heat and stir in the blueberries, allowing them to warm up for a few minutes, especially if they're frozen. 

Adorn with toppings, to your taste preference. I'm not a big lemon zest person, so I only use a little bit. 

Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Add a little additional milk if you like, and serve warm!

Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge A delightful breakfast, or if you're like me...dinner!

Produce On Parade - Blueberry Pie Quinoa Porridge Singing along to Young the Giant – Cough Syrup

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