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why you make extra quinoa

As mentioned yesterday, when cooking quinoa, always make extra.

Here is one reason why.


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You might not think of quinoa as a breakfast food, but I assure you it can be.  If you cook it in water only, it’s easy to customize quinoa for any meal of the day.  If you’re making it solely for breakfast, I recommend using 1/2 milk + 1/2 water or 1/2 fruit juice + 1/2 water. 

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For this breakfast parfait, I piled on the following:

  • 2% Greek yogurt
  • nectarine
  • perfectly cooked quinoa
  • 2% Greek yogurt + sucanat + cinnamon + splash of vanilla
  • quinoa
  • banana
  • nectarine

Cinnamon sugar yogurt layer?  Oh yes.  It’s true.  And oh so tasty!

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Piled high with peanut butter on top.  Can’t forget my morning dose of nut butter! 

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Prepare to dig in + then realize you packed the glass way too full and need to dump it into a bowl.  Chow down!

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After a go-go-go morning and temps in the 90’s, a refreshing lunch was calling my name. 

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Summer smoothie, infused with chocolate milk!  I used half almond milk + half local/organic chocolate milk to really put this smoothie over the top.  I highly recommend you do the same.

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Then, after a go-go-go afternoon, I created a new donut recipe for the arrival of my parents!  It’s based off one of their favorite desserts.  Despite the heat, I turned the oven on and trust me it was worth it.

Beyond excited to have both parents in Colorado!!

[Mama Pea – Show P. Daddy this photo…you know why]

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Better, than the Peanut Butter Fluff Donuts

I swear.

I will leave you with one clue!!

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After a go-go-go day, this girl is completely wiped out.  Time to rest and then off for an adventure with the parentals in the morning!  Full report on where we go, tomorrow.  Or maybe I’ll share that donut recipe…


Reader Comments (57)

that's key lime pie donut!! right?? :D

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

The quinoa parfait looks delicious! I've had quinoa for breakfast many times before, but I always cooked it as a hot cereal, like I would cook oatmeal. I never thought of combining it with yogurt and fruit - what a great idea! I happen to have some extra cooked quinoa in the fridge, so I'll be trying this in the morning!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry


July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

Coconut Lime! Yummers. I've had quinoa for breakfast, but only warm w/coconut milk and dried berries. Loved it. Definitely could get on board with a parfait idea using soygurt or maybe cashew/coconut cream or a tofu fruit whip...

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Oh quinoa can't compare to that donut :)

Ooo looks like a key lime type of donut!

Have fun with your parents visiting. My mom was here just about 2 weeks ago and I miss her already!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Love the idea of using quinoa for breakfast. Still need to try this one though.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Did you put the lime in the coconut??? That sounds delicious! Breakfast looks delicious too! Love your creativity :D

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

That parfait looks so wonderful, wish I had one right now with my coffee!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Ooh something with lime zest on top -- I love lime so I'm sure they were fabulous!

Have fun with your parents.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly @ The Runny Egg

Yum! I never would have thought of having quinoa for breakfast! :)

Have fun with the 'rents! hmmm is it key lime? I know its gonna be amazing :)

mmmmm, i'm craving donuts now and i don't even know what kind it is!

KEY LIME PIE?! Mmmm I hope so.

I love making extra quinoa-it is so versatile and can be used in so many things! I think it is a great snack too-just add some cacao powder, stevia, almond milk and we're in business!

Have fun with the fan!! :)

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

I'm guessing key lime but i'm sure i don't have to guess if it tastes good or not, all your recipes blow me away :)

Better than the peanut butter fluff donut? I don't believe it!

Is that a lime glaze on those? Can't wait for the recipe!

Lime in the coconut?.... I"d be all in!
Oh the quinoa for breakfast, when I get my first batch in the mail, I'll be ALL over that!!!

YAY! Glad you get some good time with your parents!!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh my gosh I hope it's a coconut/lime combination.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I always make extra quinoa, but mostly on accident because I forget how much it expands! Ha, but its never a bad thing to have around ;)

For a minute I thought that was a Colorado peach stuck in there...I can't wait to get my hands on those fresh fruits!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

oh la la, a donut even better than the peanut butter fluff donuts?? YUM!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkris (everyday oats)

Girl!! I know...I swear they're taking longer this year!!!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, thanks Donna!!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I's gonna go by way too fast!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know I know... ;)

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

KEY LIME PIE! Love, love, love it!

I must make that smoothie. It looks so refreshing!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJust Audrey


July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love it cold for breakfast!!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

all of those quinoa dishes look fabulous, enjoy your parents visit!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Oh my word! I am so confused about which of your donut recipes to make first! I can't focus on my Statistics homework until I decide...or just get out the pan and start baking...:)

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

KEY LIME PIE!!! OMG! Sorry I got just a little bit excited.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Coconut lime is my guess! :)

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Your parfait looks delicious!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

That parfait looks so good! I definitely want to veganize with some cashew cream, perhaps cherry almond that I made this week? And pleaseeeee tell me coconut on the doughnuts!

Enjoy your parents!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Coconut and lime?? I'm all lime-d out after squeezing and zesting 20 key limes this weekend. oye.

i LOVE breakfast quinoa!!!! i just put up a recipe with cinnamon greek yog and almond milk so deliicous!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

We love quinoa for breakfast!! Love it sweet or savory! And guessing a coconut lime donut ;) we made that flavor for our parents one time when they were visiting, delicious! I just love those flavors, I just love any lime or lemon meal!!

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

Mmmm...quinoa. Mmmm...cinnamon sugar yogurt layer. Btw, bananas and nectarines sound like an unexpected marriage and yet one that could make it for the long haul - I dig it. Layer-y, parfait-y type breakfasts are always a win in my book too, can't wait to give this one a whirl.

I've never had quinoa in any breakfast dishes- looks great!!

Ah! I need a darn doughnut pan! When I was first introduced to quinoa it was in a breakfast dish. It wasn't until years later that I tried it as a savory meal. Honestly? I like my quinoa sweet!!

WOW I am so super excited!!! I was on the hunt for healthy doughnuts and I not only found a great recipe but also an awesome blog! I started my own blog a few weeks ago and suddenly started to notice lots of really cool healthy food blogs around. you know how when you learn something new or hear about something new you suddenly see it and hear about it EVERYWHERE and all the time?? so now I keep finding awesome food blogs that I never knew existed! Loving this!I also love quinoa for breakfast :)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Yes, I totally know what you mean. hahaha That happens to me ALL of the so so weird! The same thing happened to me when I started this blog. I had no clue! Good luck to you!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh man....cashew cream, yum!!!!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well...I only have two and they take about 10min to I suggest both! :)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've found another great use for leftover quinoa is as a tart crust. I've been using this recipe ( whenever I make quiche and it's great! So much healthier than using regular pie crust. Try it out sometime!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

That sounds super delish! Thanks for passing it along!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've had this parfait twice now since you posted it, and it's wonderful! It makes a great quick breakfast when you have extra quinoa around. Since I started reading your blog, I've discovered so many great breakfast ideas! I used to eat pretty much the same thing every day, but now I have so many delicious things to choose from. It's hard for me to decide what to eat every morning! Thanks for sharing your breakfast genius!

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

What a PERFECT reason to make too much quinoa...I love it!

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole, RD

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