Quinoa (pronounced: keen wa) has exploded into the health world, and rightly so! Everyone by now has heard about Quinoa and its one of my favourite foods to cook with. It’s actually been around for ages, it was a staple food of the ancient Inca civilisation and they used it as a source of energy to increase strength and stamina.
Quinoa is a good complete source of protein because it includes all nine essential amino acids. It also contains many vitamins and minerals such as, magnesium, iron, manganese, riboflavin (B2). Quinoa is a great alternative for people who have problems with gluten because its gluten-free. It is actually a seed and not a grain like a lot of people think it is. Quinoa is also loaded with fibre, so its great to get the digestive system moving!
The trick to making Quinoa porridge is to use Quinoa Flakes. The brand I use in Dubai is called O.A. Quinoa, found in the Waitrose gluten-free and organic aisle. It is organic and pre washed to get rid of Saponins, a bitter coating found on the outside of the quinoa seed. I find using the flakes creates a creamy consistency. Let me show you how easy this is to make! The following makes 1 portion. Ok, lets go!
What you need:
- 1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes
- 1 cup of either water or milk of your choice (I use freshly made Almond Milk)
What you do:
- Add both the Quinoa Flakes and water/milk to a saucepan
- Bring to boil and then reduce to a low heat
- Stir until it becomes thick (Quinoa Flakes cook super fast so keep an eye on it!)
Added extras (the best part!):
My favourite combo is adding coconut oil, chia seeds, crushed almonds and blueberries. Another one is cinnamon, sliced apple and organic raw honey. Or perhaps try another favourite of mine, cacao nibs, crushed hazelnuts and organic maple syrup. Just get creative and you will soon discover your own favourite combo!