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Cardamom Quinoa Porridge

Posted Jan 14 2013 10:33pm

I have been in a bit of a breakfast 'rut' and wanted to shake up my diet. I am about to tout another recipe out of the January/February Whole Living Magazine .  Obviously, I am LOVING this issue.  All of the meals in the 21 Action Plan sound delicious and I am going to take the plunge are try sardines this week!

Anyhow, I have been eating my beloved oats and ezekiel english muffins with nut butter and banana for years now and need a change.  This morning I made Cardamom Quinoa Porridge and LOVED it.  I have eaten quinoa for breakfast before but not spiced with cardamom and not made into porridge by adding almond milk.  Truth be told, I love the word porridge and if that makes me eat this lovely concoction then so be it: ) 

I was going to juice this morning or have a smoothie but when I woke up the weather looked chilly and the house was cool.  I just wanted to crawl back into bed and snuggle up in my blanket.  Thus, the thought of drinking something cold was not appealing.  I wanted something warm and comforting and this porridge hit the spot.

Cardamom Quinoa PorridgeServes 2 Ingredients
DirectionsIn a saucepan, bring quinoa, 3/4 cup almond milk, water, vanilla, salt, and cardamom to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.Remove from heat and let rest five minutes, then fluff with a fork.For each serving, top 1/2 cup quinoa with 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 sliced pear, and 2 Tbsp almonds and 1 tbsp ground flaxseed.Cook's NoteRefrigerate cooked quinoa in an airtight container up to 3 days.

 Wow!  I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed this bowl of goodness.  I must warn you that Ground Cardamon Spice is a bit expensive- $15.00 for a bottle.  But you can buy it in the bulk spice section for much less.  I am a little nutty about this spice and like to add it to my beans and into my baked goods.  Cardamom also provides added  health benefits such as helping with gas.

Cardamom: A slightly sweet spice, it helps boost your digestive fire and removes flatulence. Sprinkle with cinnamon over hot breakfast rice or add to cooked beans for an exotic Indian flavor.

It is amazing how a few spices can transform a meal.  The warmth from the cardamom and cinnamon made this quinoa so divine.  The pear added  the sweetness and the almonds added the crunch.  A perfect bowl of goodness!

I worked this morning and then snuck in a workout myself.  Today was my yoga day and I enjoyed a CORE-focused practice.  Oh boy....I can tell my abs are going to be sore tomorrow.  In a good way. 

I do have an awesome lunch to tell you about and am also marinating tempeh right now but  duty calls and I am off  to help Ms. Zoe create a Powerpoint. 

I will report back tomorrow.

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