I have another awesome quinoa recipe to share with you!
After being completely intimidated by quinoa for SO LONG–like embarrassingly long–I’m now on a bit of a quinoa kick, you could say. The cheesy veggie quinoa patties I made a couple weeks ago were delicious and I was so bummed when my freezer supply ran out. And just this morning I found a new way to enjoy it: overnight quinoa oatmeal.
Seriously–so easy. I think the TOTAL time it took to prepare and heat up the next morning was less than 10 minutes (and most of that was waiting for it to come to a boil). You can do all sorts of variations depending on the toppings you want to use.
So far I’ve tried cinnamon/raisins/maple syrup–really good. Also tried cinnamon/raisin/chocolate chips–the chocolaty bites were good, the other bites needed sweetness. My favorite way is adding a spoonfull of nutella. Yum!
As for freezing, I think this is one of those quick and easy recipes that probably makes more sense to just prepare and eat rather than freeze. Make a big pot of it early in the week and heat it up each morning. You can add different toppings each day.
The kids love it. They love oatmeal mixed with applesauce and cinnamon–it has been a staple around here for a long time. I would use quick oats because, well, they’re quick, and I don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning to do anything let alone wait for the real stuff to cook. This is even quicker and easier than our “quick oatmeal.” And it’s much more nutrient-rich.
Can you tell I’m a little excited about this new healthier, easier version of oatmeal? It’s the little things right now. 🙂
This recipe makes about 4 1-cup servings. Recipe adapted from Family Gone Healthy.
- 1 cup of old fashioned oats
- ½ cup quinoa, rinsed well
- 4½ cups of water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Topping of your choice: pure maple syrup, cinnamon, raisins, nuts, craisins, chocolate chips, applesauce, a spoonful of nutella or peanut butter, etc.
- Night before: bring all ingredients (minus the toppings) to a boil
- Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool
- Place covered pot in fridge overnight
- In the morning, heat on stovetop on medium heat until heated through
- Top with toppings