Breakfast for Dinner: Warm Berry Quinoa

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 12, 2011

Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite ways to mix things up in The Picky Eater household. The hubby and I are huge breakfast/brunch people, but we don’t often go full out for breakfast since we’re usually eating something quick & healthy and rushing off somewhere (work for me, grad school for him). But occasionally, I will make breakfast for dinner because we just love it so much 🙂

This recipe was one of my first attempts at cooking something from another blogger’s blog, back when I first started cooking. It’s an oldie but goodie, and I have since made a few modifications to make it my own. The original came from Heidi, and my modified version is below.

This recipe reminds me of a twist on oatmeal, but the quinoa gives it a huge nutritional boost with the added fiber and protein.

Fun fact: Quinoa is the only grain that’s also a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids, so it’s really good for you! Normally, you have to pair a vegetarian protein (like beans) with a grain (like rice) in order for it to be a complete protein, but quinoa is like a 2 in 1 deal. 1 cup of cooked quinoa has ~200 calories, 5g fiber and 8g protein.

So how do you make this delicious dish? Here you go:

The Ingredients (inspired by Heidi @ 101cookbooks)

  • 1 cup 1% low fat organic milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic red quinoa (you can also use white but I just like red)
  • Fresh berries: 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 box fresh strawberries, cut into small cubes (note: you can also use frozen berries, which is what I did this time making the dish)
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Stevia extract to taste
  • 4 teaspoons honey

The Directions

Step 1: Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed

Step 2: Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes.

Step 3: Stir in berries, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and stevia.

Step 4: Transfer to plates, top with nuts and drizzle 1 teaspoon honey over each serving

The first time I made this dish, I also made some healthy muffins from Trader Joe’s. I don’t normally eat muffins as part of a meal because they’re often loaded with fat and sugar: they’re more like a cake disguised as a breakfast food. But this muffin mix from Trader Joe’s is actually healthy! It’s made with all organic ingredients, all whole wheat/whole grain flour, has flax seeds, is low in fat and high in fiber…. and it tastes great! The hubby enjoyed them as much as I did – a nice little win. Each muffin is quite filling and a good size, and has only 150 calories and has 7g fiber.

Here’s what they look like:

They definitely make a fun addition to the meal, and you can have the leftover muffins as a grab-and-go breakfast anytime! Overall, this was a great meal: filling, well balanced, and even with the muffins – takes only about 30 min to make.

Breakfast for Dinner: Warm Berry Quinoa

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 255

Fat per serving: 9.4g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 255 Calories, 9.4g Fat, 26.8mg Sodium, 38.5g Carbs, 7.4g Fiber, 11.6g Sugar, 7.4g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% low fat organic milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic red quinoa (you can also use white but I just like red)
  • Fresh berries: 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 box fresh strawberries, cut into small cubes (note: you can also use frozen berries, which is what I did this time making the dish)
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Stevia extract to taste
  • 4 teaspoons honey

Directions

  1. Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed
  2. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in berries, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and stevia.
  4. Transfer to plates, top with nuts and drizzle 1 teaspoon honey over each serving

Notes

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

http://pickyeaterblog.com/breakfast-for-dinner-healthy-muffins-warm-berry-quinoa/

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Maggie December 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I love this recipe! I am always looking for new things to do with quinoa because of its nutritional benefits. It never occurred to me to eat it for breakfast. This looks AMAZING!!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

What a fabulous idea! I love the color too!!

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Chocolate Delivery December 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Seriously, I haven’t tasted Quinoa in my entire life and I don’t think I can’t find it here in our local market, though I wanted to try this dish sometime next week to see what it really tastes like.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

You can actually find quinoa at any major grocery store – even Safeway has it (just ask and I’m sure someone can help you find it there!) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Laura Foor December 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hi!

What a delicious and original dish! I am always looking for new and healthy foods to try and this one is really good, so I thank you so much for sharing.

best,
Laura

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

No problem! Hope you enjoy it!

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Jersey Girl Cooks March 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

Great recipe. I just started cooking with quinoa and now I must try it for breakfast.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

That’s awesome! You’ll find that quinoa is super versatile – you can pretty much use it in almost anything you’d use rice, oats, or any grain in. Hope you like this recipe!

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Luuucie February 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hey, i just discovered your blog and i really love it!
I’ve been looking for a sweet quinoa recipe for a long time and now i finally found one, thank you! 🙂
But I’m a bit confused… if I use your measurements then it’s a breakfast for six persons?
I would be very thankful if you answered me:)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Thank you so much!! So yes, if you make the recipe with these measurements, you will end up with 6 servings (each serving being about 255 calories). Depending on your (and your guests’) appetite — that could end up being enough for 6 people or less, because you could always take two portions and then it would be enough for 3 people. If you want a smaller total amount, just cut each measurement in half and you will end up with 3 servings! Hope that helps!

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Ursula Bell May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

I’ve never eaten quinoa before. I’m curious to find out what it taste like. I’m going to have to try this. LOVE your blog!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Oh wow! I can’t wait for you to try quinoa Ursula — it’s really a delicious grain! Let me know how you like it after you try it — and I’m so glad you like my blog! 🙂

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