Here’s a fast, easy warm breakfast – hard to find for Passover – ready for the mornings in Spring that are still cool. Use before early Easter Services or after, for a fast nutritious meal before the Easter Egg Hunt.Quinoa is not a grain; it is actually a very high-protein fruit of the same botanical family as “buckwheat” (which is also not a cereal grain!). It gets complicated using common names for foods. It must drive botanists crazy.
Quinoa is Kosher l’ Pesach. This tiny power-house is easy to find in bulk or packages in health stores or in boxes in some supermarkets. It comes in several colors – red, black and beige. Ancient Harvest is a well-known source.
This is an ancient, life-saving mountain food from Peru, and it is now grown in the Colorado Rockies, and the story of how the first seeds came to North America is one worthy of a James Bond novel — and we are indebted to David Cusack, a man with vision, who lost his life in the sober, covert world of international intrigue, which was masked as a “robbery”. His friends made sure his legacy lives on by planting the precious seed in Colorado. You can read less of the story than what used to be on the web, but it is still engrossing, at: http://www.quinoa.net/Survivor/survivor.html
Quinoa is also a very alkaline food, so that will help you detox. It is also has a much higher protein profile than cereals do and when you pair it with the agave syrup, as a sweetener, you have a very healthy, low glycemic index breakfast food, which will taste sweet. But be prudent with agave nectar, as it is an acidic pH food, and it is very conventrated, so very little is needed.
EM’S HOT QUINOA BREAKFAST CEREAL
1 C quinoa
2 C spring water
1/2 C apples, thinly sliced, then cut to bite-size
1/3 C raisins or currants or dried blueberries or goji berries
1/2 t cinnamon or a quick sprinkle of nutmeg
3 – 4 T agave syrup (or less)
milk, cream or unsweetened almond milk* – as desired, at serving
___ In a fine strainer, medium-sized bowl, soak the quinoa in cold water for 5 minutes.
___ Drain while still in the strainer and rinse in the strainer under cold running water.
___ In a medium saucepan, combine the soaked quinoa and spring water and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add apples, raisins and cinnamon. Simmer until water is absorbed.
___ Stir in the agave syrup. Portion out. Then, serve with milk or cream or unsweetened almond milk.
* you can also use a vanilla flavored almond milk or add vanilla to your milks
I really hope you will start to investigate all the amazing possibilities you have of using this wonderful, alkaline, high-protein food. It will also help to reduce your dependence on the high-allergy producing grains: wheat, oats, rye and barley. In many ways, quinoa can save your life.
Best to all — Em
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