Quinoa is usually associated with lunchtime salads or dinner side dishes, but with a little ingenuity it can be made into delicious breakfast food as well, making some recipes gluten free and all around healthier than they would otherwise be. Here's 3 must-try breakfast recipes:
This "Quinoa Egg Bake" with baby spinach is close to a Quiche, combining two super proteins into a fairly light and digestible breakfast meal (despite being physically dense). Both the Quinoa and Eggs are some of the best non-meat protein sources, offering complete amino acids along with vitamins A, B, C, D and iron. The recipe portions call for enough that making this on a Sunday would provide breakfast for the entire week!
by Jamie Young at http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Quinoa-Egg-Bake-Recipe-26947762
Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Quinoa
Fall is winding down, and this might be the perfect recipe to use up the remaining pumpkin you have sitting around. In addition to the quinoa flakes, this recipe uses wholesome pumpkin puree and natural spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla bean - extraordinarily delicious and is more of a pie than breakfast food! The preparation time sits at just 90 seconds, making it easy for you to get on with your day.
Alyssa's blog is loaded with a mind-blowing number of Quinoa-based recipes, and is worth browsing for other ideas.
by Alyssa Rimmer at http://www.simplyquinoa.com/90-second-pumpkin-pie-breakfast-quinoa/
Quinoa Banana Pancakes
I love pancakes, but always worry that the store-mixes contain nothing of nutritional value. With this home-made recipe, I know each ingredient that goes into it and know I'm not just getting empty calories. The combination of bananas, coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup makes for tons of complimentary flavour and comes out better than regular pancakes. Finally, load up the song "Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson and get cooking!
For the gluten-sensitives, you can substitute the 1 cup regular flour in the recipe with ¼ cup Quinoa Flour and ¾ cup Organic Brown Rice flour. with Add some extra goodness with blueberries or raspberries!
Have you made any of these yourself? Let us know if you have any other must-try breakfast recipes!