quick pick

“it’s just another manic monday.”
– the bangles
{audrey hepburn, “breakfast at tiffany’s}
i have only one word for mondays…


it takes a good hour longer for my brain and body to warm up on monday mornings. so, to set me in motion, a cup of philz coffee & a hearty breakfast are a must.

i can make my coffee with my eyes closed at this point. my ongoing struggle, however, is with breakfast. eggs don’t sound as good as they used to, bread is a cardinal sin, cereal/granola feels like an anchor in my tummy and a girl can eat only so much fage yogurt, honey & fruit.

so when i discovered a quick, delicious and healthy breakfast recipe with my favorite miracle food, quinoa, i was beyond ecstatic. i think i told ten of my friends and colleagues….and endured a hellacious trip to trader joe’s just to stock up on enough ingredients for my new monday breakfast.

the best part about this recipe?  it is super versatile – you can use any fruit or nut combination you want. and it takes maybe 20 minutes tops to make. and it keeps you full until lunch.

so, for my fellow healthy friends and quinoa fans, this recipe is for you.

bon appetit!


{image & recipe courtesy of culinography}

warm breakfast quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2-3/4 cup almond or soy milk ~ vanilla flavored
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup golden raisins, cranberries or fruit of your choice
1/4 cup toasted almonds or nut of your choice
1. rinse quinoa under cold water. combine 2 cups of water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 
at this point, cover and lower heat to just a simmer.
2. check on quinoa at about the 15 minute mark. add milk, butter, honey, cinnamon and fruit. 
3. bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until the cereal thickens slightly. 
4. garnish with nuts and an additional drizzle of honey if you like. 

Makes one very hearty serving or two more modest ones.
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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Agreed, this is my favorite thing to eat for breakfast and I look forward to waking up and eating it. Great recipe.

    Posted 2.6.10 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    This recipe is nothing short of amazing. This will be my winter breakfast from now on. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    Posted 1.28.10 Reply
  3. Ann wrote:

    I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe this weekend.
    Quinoa and Vanilla Almond milk are dietary staples of mine. Thanks!

    Posted 1.27.10 Reply
  4. How I just love all your quotes! And how I loathe Mondays. Thank you for consoling us with this yummy recipe!
    XX Kate

    Posted 1.25.10 Reply