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Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal

Usually served in savory side dishes, quinoa – a high-protein seed – can also make a satisfying hot cereal to start the day. Add a handful of berries for a boost of antioxidants, and say goodbye to not-so-nutritious breakfasts for good (Fruit Loops and Pop Tarts, we’re looking at you!).

Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal

Photo by Perry Santanachote

Serves 2

Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 20-25 minutes

The Skinny

Per serving (1 cup):

  • 180 cal
  • 1.5 g fat (0 g sat)
  • 37 g carbs
  • 490 mg sodium
  • 3 g fiber
  • 4 g protein

Ingredients

1 ½ cups water
¼ cup steel-cut oats
¼ cup red quinoa, rinsed
¼ cup dried berries
2 tablespoons raisins
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons toasted shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
Almond milk and agave syrup to taste

Preparation

  1. Bring steel-cut oats, quinoa, dried fruit, raisins, salt and cinnamon to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with almond milk, agave syrup and pumpkin seeds.

Food for Thought

Swap in seasonal fruit for the dried berries, such as fresh peaches in the summer or apples in autumn.

Pro Tip

For even quicker “quinoatmeal,” boil the grains and fruit the night before, cover and let sit off heat overnight. In the morning, reheat in saucepan, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed, until warmed through, about 5-8 minutes.

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