I see people getting snow all over the country, and I can’t help but be a little sad that we don’t have any here in NYC yet. This little southern girl living in the north is dying for a big snow, even though people say we’re going to be sorry for wishing for it after a little while. I don’t care, though! For the first time in my life it actually feels cold enough to feel like Christmas season, and I’m a pretty happy chica for it! But when it’s cold, boy do I need all the warm things. This body is definitely not acclimated to the weather yet so bring on all the thick wool sweaters and down jackets. Also, starting to find a need to start the morning with a warm bowl of oats or in this case, a delicious Fig Walnut Quinoa Porridge!
I usually use quinoa in soups, salads, or as a side dish, but I was thinking today…why not make it part of my breakfast routine? There’s no “quinoa” rules, per say, to follow saying it can’t be a morning thing. It’s a great source of fiber and protein, which is what I need in the morning to keep me satisfied and active. Why not make quinoa into a porridge and top it with some goodies like walnuts and figs?
Do you ever find yourself going through funky food stages that are nothing but random? I feel like that’s the story of my life…one month I’m using Turmeric in everything, the next month its dates that are over-consumed. Lately I’ve been in a fig kick. I don’t know if its because they bring back good memories of eating them fresh off of grandma’s fig tree when I was younger, or just that they seem to be a delicacy and not as commonly found. But dried figs, guys…NATURE’S CANDY! They’re so good for an afternoon sweet craving or as a natural sweetener in all your favorite things. Including this Quinoa Porridge.
Very simple and only taking about 5 mins to prep and cook, there’s no excuses for starting your day off with adequate protein found in this nutritious breakfast!
Here’s what you’ll need.
Organic Quinoa…my go to is Trader Joe’s brand (as everything is) because #1 its cheaper than other brands and we got hubby in grad school right now and #2 I can count on it being minimally processed and nutritious!
Organic Low Fat Coconut Milk (again I use TJoes brand)
Raw Organic or Local Honey
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, and Cloves (my favorite spice combo!)
A pinch of salt
Just add the Quinoa, Coconut Milk, Honey, and spices to a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat at this point and allow to simmer for about 5 mins. At this point most of the liquid should be absorbed but be sure not to let it get too dry or burn.
After you’ve allowed to cool for a minute, divide the porridge into two bowls and top with sliced dried figs, walnuts and coconut. Add more honey if you need.
And there you have it! A nutritious breakfast that will keep you warm from top to bottom and satisfied, ready to tackle whatever you have going on that day!
What is your go-to winter breakfast?
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- 1 can reduced fat organic coconut milk
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- pinch of salt
- toppings: walnuts, dried figs, and coconut
- Combine quinoa and coconut milk in a sauce pan over high heat and allow to come to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to low and simmer.
- Add in honey and spices.
- Cook until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 5 mins.
- Divide into two separate bowls and top with dried figs, walnut, and coconut.