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