Its early August but feels like mid-September. Nights are hot but I wake up to rain on my window sill. The sky is gray in a way that every German is long used to, and the air smells of petrichor and earth.
I´ve been taking my time every day to cook myself a big breakfast, usually savory. Today I made an exception: I made quinoa milk pudding and it was warm, delicious, and satisfying. It´s simple to make, and here´s the lil recipe!
I´ve cooked with quinoa before, it´s a simple rice replacement and cooked just as easily. One part quinoa, two parts liquid. For savory dishes, that liquid would be water. For this meal, I used one cup of quinoa in ratio to one cup of water and one cup of milk. Let the liquids boil, then add your desired amount of Quinoa. Cook for 15 minutes, keep stirring. Add more milk if necessary, I had to.
Five minutes before my timer went off I added chia seeds, roughly half a cup. I´ve made pure chia pudding before but didn´t like the consistency too much. Chia seeds, similarly to quinoa or any other grain, soak up liquids, add volume. Logically, voluminous food fills you up more, which is what to be expected of a healthy breakfast. I added about a tablespoon of maple syrup for extra sweetness since quinoa is very nutty in natural taste and if I´m gonna stray from my beloved savory food I might as well go really sweet, (honey or brown sugar would work just as well).
Now on to my favorite part, the toppings! I topped my pudding off with many things because a) I don´t like boring looking food and b) I don´t like boring tasting food. Variety is where it´s at.
- toasted cashews
- more chia seeds
- freeze-dried strawberries
- flower pollen
- toasted almonds
- peanut butter (yummm)
The pudding tasted nutty yet sweet, and very much of quinoa (I´d be such a bad restaurant reviewer oops) and similar to rice pudding. In combination with all the toppings, I would say it´s the perfect breakfast in terms of nutrition.
Quinoa: Quinoa may be the best grain, even though it isn´t even considered to be a grain, the Incas even referred to it as the “mother of all grains”. It´s very rich in fiber, proteins, plant antioxidants, and is fully gluten-free.
FUN FACT: NASA considers Quinoa to be one of the plants that are best grown in outer space.
Blueberries: Blueberries are low in calories but super high in antioxidants and can apparently improve memory and brain function.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants and are super easy to incorporate into your diet since they are tiny and practically tasteless, meaning that you can add them to anything and it would only benefit you.