I absolutely love eating porridge on cold, rainy mornings - it is such a comfort food for me that also keeps me full and fueled for the morning head. I definitely find my self opting for oatmeal often during the winter months, but occasionally in the summer i'll get a little craving as well.
I've tried a lot of different combinations with toppings for my porridge but I have never really played around with the base. I have always just used fiber rich oats, so not just the normal plain oats (which are still a great source of nutrients) but the oats that have been packed with extra fibers, such as adding quinoa puffs or fiber flakes. After some lectures on carbohydrates and whole grains this past week, I decided I wanted to try something different and find a way to "amp up" my go to comfort food breakfast. Still lots of simple ingredients and it doesn't have to add time to your cooking process.
The night before making this, we had some delicious vegan cauliflower potato curry with turmeric quinoa. We made a bunch of quinoa so there ended up being leftovers - always a good idea to make more of things such as grains and then use the leftovers the next day to make a meal or snack super easy. And with that, you don't need to use just plain quinoa for this, you can use quinoa that has some other spices in from the night before, that doesn't have to ruin the porridge, just be aware of what you used. You honestly can't taste the tumeric once mixed with cinnamon and the other goods.
The final product ended up being utterly delicious and I will definitely be making it again soon. It gave me so much energy and had me full but not over-full. As well, I went to the gym a couple of hours after I had this breakfast and I still had amazing energy for a strong workout! I love these oats!! I obviously had to share them because it's such a great alternative to "regular" sometimes considered "boring" oats in the morning, and it will give you so many wonderful nutrients.
1. Add the oats, quinoa and chia seeds into a pot and add water or almond milk.
2. Bring to boil, then lower to medium heat and let boil/simmer until you get the consistency you love. You can add a little more water or almond milk if you want a more water porridge. You can also do all water or all almond milk OR half and half (i like to make it 100% on water and then just add some almond milk on top to finish)
3. Add the cinnamon and vanilla. Continuously stir.
4. Put the porridge in a bowl and top with which ever toppings you are in the mood for this morning.
- Left over quinoa
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 3/4 cups water (or almond milk)
- almond milk
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- almond milk
- nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew)
- almonds or pecans