Make your breakfast porridge with protein-packed quinoa rather than traditional oatmeal. Experiment with it by adding your favourite oatmeal toppings.

Yield: Serves 2.



  • 2 cups milk (2%)
  • 2 tbsp packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and drained


  1. Combine milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Stir in quinoa.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until most of liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 25 - 30 minutes.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

321 calories, 5.0 g fat, 14.3 g protein, 54.9 g carbohydrate, 3.2 g fibre, 230 mg sodium


The outer hull of quinoa contains a bitter resin called saponin. Quinoa must be rinsed thoroughly before cooking in order to remove this bitter coating.