There’s something special about waking up to an already prepared breakfast. This do-ahead morning rescue comes together in minutes the night before, brews on your stovetop while you sleep and requires only a zap from your microwave and condiments. It’s ready before coffee.
Once again, Bon Appetit delivers something even us gourmet-challenged can handle. The toppings here include walnuts, toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and pure maple syrup, but use what you have on hand. The more clean, the healthier. We’ve been putting more walnuts, olive oil & avocado into our diet ever since the NY Times published this studywhich extolls the virtues of the Mediterranean diet – fresh produce, fish & natural oils from walnuts and olive oil. Doesn’t everyone have anut drawer? With a few minutes on hand, roast up some walnuts, hazelnuts and toast on stove top sliced almonds, pepitas and pine nuts. It’s so little effort to be able to boost any meal or salad in flavor and nutrition with just a tablespoon of toasted nuts.
Quinoa is considered a vegetable protein which will help balance your meal, but if you want more, top the grains with a splash of milk. If you don’t have quinoa, use all oatmeal. BTW this is the real deal oatmeal, not quick cooking with that Quaker man/lady on front – those oats would turn to mush if left standing all night. Perfectly acceptable, but not for this recipe.
Hot Oats & Quinoa Cereal – Made Night Before
preptime 10 minutes (night before) one serving
1/2 c dried fruit (cranberries, goji berries or barberries
1/2 c steel-cut oats
1/2 c well-rinsed quinoa
1/4 c raisins
1 t salt
1/2 t ground cinnamon
4 c water
- Bring ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and let sit off heat overnight. (Alternatively, bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.)
- Before serving, reheat cereal in saucepan (or microwave), covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed, until warmed through, 5-8 minutes.
- Serve with milk, maple syrup, toasted shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), and toasted walnuts.
recipe adapted from Bon Appetit and provided by your friends at crunchtimefood.com