Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quinoa Flakes

This morning I decided to try something new for breakfast. Quinoa Flakes (pronounced keen-waa). As you can see they look quite a lot like oatmeal and can be used in much the same way. The picture to the left is of the flakes before cooking. I didn't end up taking a picture afterwards but it was kind of a cross between cream of wheat and oatmeal in texure. Quinoa is an awesome grain that is safe to eat for Celiacs and is full of protein, fiber, magnesium and iron!

Quinoa definitely has its own flavour. Don't expect it to taste like Oatmeal though it is similar. Some people describe it as tasting "nutty". I had mine with cinnamon and brown sugar this morning. It was definitely an improvement over cream of rice cereal!

The Quinoa I purchased was GoGo Quinoa flakes. They were approximately $7.00 a box. I'm hoping to try to use it to make apple crisp as well and will let you know how that turns out! :)

Quinoa Porridge (serves 1):
1/2 Cup Quinoa Flakes (instant)
1 Cup water

Place 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flakes in a bowl. Add 1 Cup of bowling water and stir until fluffy. Add desired flavorings (ex. cinnamon & brown sugar, raisins, apples, etc).