Monday, February 28, 2011

80--- Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa is a beautiful grain packed with great nutrition. It is very high in protein, therefore it makes a great breakfast because it will keep you satisfied until lunch! The healthy fats in the avocado and almonds also contribute to your fullness by slowing your stomach emptying.

Breakfast Quinoa
Serves 4

1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 avocado, sliced
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low fat cottage cheese (optional)

In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Continue to cook until water is absorbed, ~15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and fluff with a fork.

Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat and add almonds. Saute until almonds brown slightly. Remove from heat and add honey and cinnamon.

Place 3/4 cup quinoa into a bowl and top with 1/4 cup cottage cheese and slices of avocado, and drizzle with almond honey mixture.

Nutrition info per 1 serving: 390 calories, 12 g fat (7 g monounsaturated), 15 g protein, 53 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber

Adapted from Food and Wine, February 2011.


  1. This looks so good! I love, love, love avocado, and though I've never tried to make quinoa, I'm excited to learn!
    Congratulations on being this week's featured contributor on TK--your recipes looks awesome. =)

  2. Lindsay, I just stumbled into your site through Tasty Kitchen - Congrats on being featured!!

    I am now a follower here, and gosh does everything look delish. I'll have to start refering to your 80/20 method more often, since I'm trying to get into Wedding Shape - and general Life Shape again :)

    All the best, can't wait to see what else you whip up!
    ~Megan aka Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

  3. I've done something similar with cous cous and adding raisins in while cooking to sweeten. I'm going to have to try this one!

  4. Thank you for sharing this! This recipe was delicious and I will make it often. I saw your blog through TK and have been "stalking" it regularly! I love to cook healthy meals for my family, and your blog fits right in.

  5. LOVE quinoa, but is there a huge difference between the red and the regular?

  6. Red quinoa has a slightly nuttier flavor, but I have used regular as well and it turns out very well!