Quinoa Porridge

Ingredients

½ cup cooked quinoa (see instructions for cooking quinoa below)

1 pear

Cinnamon

½ cup Milk/soymilk/ricemilk (more or less depending on porridge consistency desired)

Ground cinnamon

10 Almonds

2 dessertspoons of seeds (any combination of sunflower, sesame, linseeds, pepitas) preferably freshly ground.

Method

To cook the quinoa

Rinse the seed in cold water (which remove the bitter taste). Place 1 cup of the rinsed quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil, and simmer on low heat with lid on until the water is absorbed (about 10 minutes) and the quinoa resembles cooked cous-cous. Quinoa can be kept in fridge for 2-3 days or frozen in ½ cup portions.

To stew pears

Quarter, peel (optional) core and slice the pear. Place in saucepan with cinnamon and enough water to half cover the pears- this will allow for a lovely sweet syrup to form. Simmer with lid on for 5 minutes or until the pears are soft but still holding their form.

To make the porridge

Place the milk in a saucepan, and heat the cooked quinoa and pears (including some of the syrup). When the ingredients are warm and the porridge the desired consistency, serve in a bowl with the seeds and nuts.

Nutritional Value

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is not a true grain cereal but rather a pseudocereal or more like a seed. It is treated as a grain in cooking and has a lovely nutty taste. Unlike other grains, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids (amino acids that cannot be made by us) making it a complete protein and therefore does not need to be combined with legumes or nuts to "complement" the protein. It has a high protein content of 12-18% and protein in our meals helps us feel more satisfied, provides sustained energy and helps to decrease sweet cravings. Quinoa is gluten free and therefore suitable for coeliacs or those intolerant to gluten. Black and white (yellow) varieties of quinoa are available; the black is crunchier and has a stronger taste and a combination of the two varieties can be mixed together. It is advised to eat protein at every meal and what better way to start the day than to replace a processed (often high sugar) cereal with a higher protein breakfast. This breakfast is actually easy if the quinoa and pears are prepared ahead and "assembled" in the morning.