If you’re not in the mood for cold oatmeal cereal, maybe you’ll be in the mood for hot quinoa. Ya know, since it’s only 91 degrees outside.
I was reading Self magazine before bed last night and was pleasantly surprised to find a multitude of awesome recipes featuring superfoods like quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), salmon, eggs, lentils and sweet potatoes. They even had a spread featuring vegan recipes like creamy alfredo with peas.
If you haven’t heard about quinoa’s magical powers yet, it’s about time you do. Let’s have a little health chat.
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all nine essential amino acids, which is rare in the plant world. It is a gluten-free grain-like seed packed with protein, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese. It is believed that quinoa may be especially beneficial for people who suffer from headaches, atherosclerosis and diabetes.
It cooks in about 15 minutes and has a texture similar to rice with a mild, nutty flavor that can be turned into numerous sweet or savory dishes, like quinoavocado salad. I throw it in everything from salads to soups to oatmeal. I always get it at Trader Joe’s because it’s only $3.99 for a pound; though I hear you can get big bags at Costco, as well.
Breakfast this morning was inspired by a recipe from Self called Banana-Nut Pancakes, featuring quinoa and eggs as the superfoods. I decided to change it up and make an eggy quinoa scramble with caramelized bananas and toasty walnuts.
It sure is super food.
Banana Nut Quinoa Scramble with Caramelized Bananas
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- 1 banana, sliced (save one half for caramelized bananas)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 packet of stevia or 1-2 tsp sugar
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast walnuts for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove walnuts from pan and set aside. Leave pan on for the scramble.
- Meanwhile, whisk together cooked quinoa, egg whites, milk, banana, vanilla and cinnamon together in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup (for easy pouring) or large bowl.
- Add toasted walnuts to mixture. Spray the same pan with cooking spray and pour mixture into pan.
- Scramble quinoa over medium heat until golden brown.
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tsp butter/Earth Balance
- cooking spray
- Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add butter.
- Add bananas and cook until browned, about 5 minutes or less.
The browned bananas really take this recipe to another level. In other words, don’t bother making the quinoa without the caramelized bananas.
Try this next time you have the time to make a healthy, delicious breakfast.
I guarentee you’ll be keen for keen-wa, too.