Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Pudding

This has become my new go-to breakfast!! It's delicious, at least I think so.  And if you don't like it my way doctor it up with a smashed banana, peanut butter, agave, coconut, berries, raisins, nuts, and whatever else you can think of!!  The best part about it is you can make it the night before and just pop it into the microwave at work with a little extra water and it becomes just-off-the-stove fresh again!!  This recipe makes enough for 2 breakfasts, you can double the recipe to make more!  Also each serving, if you follow the recipe exactly, has about 335 calories and 15 grams of protein, this equals a great start to your day! Try it!!

Quinoa Oatmeal
(makes 2 servings)

1 cup skim milk (110 calories, 8 grams of protein)
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (360 calories, 14 grams of protein)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or good vanilla extract (try another flavor extract if you want to be different)
1 cup water
2 packets of instant oatmeal, not prepared (200 calories, 8 grams of protein)
6 packets splenda (you can substitute sugar or agave, to taste)
* If you want you can use any flavor oatmeal and omit the sweeteners, or not!

Place the first 3 ingredients in a medium pot and cook on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until milk is mostly absorbed into the quinoa.  Watch the pot carefully because it might overflow and you must stir every few minutes.
To the pot add the oatmeal packages and sweetener along with 1 cup water (for a super creamy texture substitute milk for the water).  Stir ingredients well until combined.
Divide into to air-tight containers and store in the fridge for the next morning.  To heat up in the morning add about 1/4 cup boiling water to the mixture, stir and then microwave for 2 minutes.  Eat and enjoy!!


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