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Bad-ass Breakfast Quinoa [Sep. 20th, 2011|12:53 pm]
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So, I found this recipe a little while ago online and wanted to share the love. I've had hit-or-miss luck with quinoa, but this recipe is a definite win. Cheap, filling, VERY nutritous, and makes enough for the entire week.

4 cups cooked quinoa (maybe a buck)
4 medium bananas (eighty cents @ Trader Joes)
5 Tbs peanut butter (maybe a buck and a half)

Total for the entire recipe - less than four bucks.

Cook rinsed quinoa as per package instructions. While quinoa is cooking, mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Add peanut butter, stir a bit to combine. When quinoa is done, transfer while still warm to bowl containing banana and peanut butter, and mix well.

Makes approx. 8 slightly-heaping 1/2 cup servings. Cals/serving: approx. 270
Serve warm, or cold. Reheats nicely.

Note: the quinoa will turn somewhat brownish when stored in the fridge - this is just the bananas in the mix oxidizing. It's still good to eat!

[User Picture]From: lily_lemony
2011-09-20 05:13 pm (UTC)
Quinoa and peanut butter sounds like my fantasy! Wonder if you could make quinoa/pb "balls" and bake them?

Thanks for posting! :)
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From: mangiati_vivi
2011-09-20 09:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously, it's so good. It also helps that you only have to make it once for the week and just scoop out a serving every morning. I have no idea if you could bake it, but it's worth a shot. You're very welcome!
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[User Picture]From: koolestgrrlukno
2011-09-21 02:33 am (UTC)
mmm! if you soak the quinoa before cooking, you get way more out of it, nutritonally. maybe i'll soak it on the weekend and make this monday morning for the week. thanks for posting!
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From: mangiati_vivi
2011-09-21 02:37 am (UTC)
How long do you soak it?
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[User Picture]From: koolestgrrlukno
2011-09-23 02:20 am (UTC)
some say as little as 30 minutes, but i do mine at least 8-12 hours. you'll see all of this foam at the top. it's made up of a chemical that is wrapped around the quinoa before you soak it which prevents your body from breaking it down.
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From: mangiati_vivi
2011-09-23 02:21 am (UTC)
Good deal, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: volatilechaos
2011-09-26 11:48 pm (UTC)


Ok, I've never made quinoa before.. I just finished making this, and even though i messed up the recipe, it's still good!

I wanted to make a smaller batch, so I misread the recipe, then measured out a cup of UNcooked quinoa, soaked it 15 minutes. And simmered it with 1&1/4 cup of rice milk for 30 minutes. Let it sit 5 more than fluffed it.. I don't know why the little bell in my head didn't go off to tell me it was going to make a boat load of the stuff. So I had originally only mashed one banana with about 2 tbs of extra chunky peanut butter.

Since then, I've added another banana and more peanut butter, and a little bit of rice milk, and it's yummy. I would add more bananas, but they aren't ripe yet and it just seems silly.

So, even after botching it, it still turned out awesome. :)
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