On cold winter mornings, there's nothing like a hot bowl of whole grain porridge to start the day off right. Whole grains take longer to digest and they release their sugars slowly, so they make you feel satisfied longer. My standard breakfast whole grain is oatmeal, but other whole grains such as quinoa, millet, wheat berries, amaranth or brown rice can easily be substituted for oatmeal, and make breakfast that much more interesting as they all have different textures and consistencies.
I came up with this Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge recipe because I love the warm spices in chai tea. Topping this hot breakfast cereal with fresh berries and walnuts makes this breakfast cereal fun to eat and adds a burst of extra nutritional value.
Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge
Try these chai spices in other whole grain porridges for breakfast, and top with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand. Serves 4.
Juice from 1 clementine
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1 cinnamon stick
3 green cardamon pods
3 whole cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 slice ginger, peeled
honey, maple syrup or agave syrup
To make Quinoa Porridge, place clementine juice, water, quinoa, cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, whole cloves, peppercorns and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn heat off and let sit for 5 minutes.
Serve with toasted walnuts, blueberries, honey, and almond milk.
[photograph c/o Jeanette's Heathy Living Blog]