Breakfast Quinoa

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Quinoa with Roasted Pears, Toasted Almonds, Orange Zest and Almond Milk
This delicious morning treat is warming my belly, mind and soul!  Inspired by the great Martha Stewart, this recipe is nourishing and warming, and one that is super easy to make in a larger batch so that you quickly reheat and eat each morning.

Breakfast Quinoa (for the whole week)

Serves: 5-6
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups water (or sub for your favorite plant milk)
1 pinch sea salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla

2 whole pears (more if you like)
2 cups sliced almonds
1 orange
additional nut milk to serve

Directions

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 F.

Place quinoa and water in a pot over high heat.  Add 1 pinch sea salt and 1/2 tsp each of cardamom powder, ginger powder, and vanilla extract.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Pour sliced almonds over a baking sheet and place in 350-degree oven.  Let bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring as needed to prevent burning.

Slice pears into fifths, lay on a second baking sheet and place in same oven.  Bake for 5-10 minutes until soft, but not mushy.

Once quinoa is cooked, remove from heat, but leave lid on and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Then remove lid and fluff with a fork.  Remove pears and almonds from oven once cooked.

To Serve

Serve 1/2 cup quinoa with 3-4 slices of pear, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, a pinch of coarse or flaked sea salt, about 1/4 cup milk and roughly 1/2 Tbsp orange zest (optional, but highly recommended).

 

If you make this recipe at home, I’d love to know what you think!  Did you change anything?  Add anything?  Omit anything?

Scroll down for a few of my own variation ideas in preparation:

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Cooked Quinoa: if you’re in a hurry, add the orange zest to the quinoa so as to skip this step when serving throughout the week.
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Option: toast almonds in a skillet on the stove top; pears too!
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Orange & Zester: a lovely pair!  And if you have time/desire, soak almonds to make your own almond milk at home!


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