Once upon a time I mixed up a great batch of super healthy breakfast muesli. It was healthy and filling and easy. Since then I have been advised to consider eating a gluten free diet. My muesli recipe is based on glutenous flakes- rye, spelt, kamut. So I have been in search of an adequate gluten free breakfast. And Eureka! I have found it!
I will share it with you so that you too can go forward with a healthy and filling breakfast alternative. For those of you not worried about gluten in your diets, this is still worth a try. Diversifying the grains in your diet can only lead to good things.
Let’s get started- I chose amaranth and quinoa. You can also try millet. I toast the amaranth in a hot skillet until it starts to pop. It’s faster to add a little water to help it along. Stay close and keep shaking the pan. At the same time you can cook the quinoa, it doesn’t need much babysitting. Rinse and boil 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water. Millet needs to cook like quinoa and rice.
It is helpful to do this cooking part the night before, I am too hungry and cranky in the morning to contemplate all this chefery. These preparations will give you a lot of breakfasts. Just a little bit of effert and you will have a healthy breakfast for the week. Less if you are sharing.
Here’s the finished product. Toasted and popped amaranth at the beach. It is more white than not. Cooked quinoa, let it boil until all the water is absorbed, like you would rice and then let it sit with the lid on for a bit.
Then I sprinkle on the toasted amaranth, spoon on some quinoa. I usually add nuts but I was roughing it at the beach and didn’t have any for this photo shoot. Ken adds oats to this mix, raw. If you eat oats throw ‘em in too. Ground flaxseed is a good addition too.
And then the finishing touch, fruit. Whatever you like and whatever you have on hand. Raisins or dried cranberries would do in a pinch. Grated apple is a good winter time staple, when berries aren’t as available.
This is a pretty versatile breakfast you can add in whatever you like. Or take something out. The more healthy elements you can get in in one meal, the better off you will be during the day. My kids eat this later in day as a snack. It would be perfect for after school.
Tell me what you think. Are you eating something similar for breakfast? Have I tempted you to give it a try?