Jump Start Your New Year Healthy Meals with Quinoa “PB & J” Oatmeal

Quinoa PBJ OatmealWith calendars flipped to reveal 2014, many folks will be listing New Year resolutions (or goals) to achieve during the next 12 months and chances are good that keeping to a healthier diet is high on the list. It has been reported that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; so to start our year off right, I have a terrific breakfast recipe for Quinoa “PB & J” Oatmeal that is sure to get you on the right track.

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Why am I making quinoa oatmeal? Where oats do have health benefits such as being known for lowering cholesterol, the super grain quinoa packs a huge nutritional punch. It is full of protein, iron, lysine, magnesium and twice as much fiber as most grains. Quinoa is known as the Quinoa is quickly becoming one of my favorite grain substitutes. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about quinoa is that it's a grain when in fact it's a seed. There are over 100 types of quinoa and many benefits to using it as a recipe staple. 

Early in the week I will make a small batch to keep to in the fridge for oatmeal, to add into my eggs or use as a salad topping. It also works great as a pasta substitute in soup or as a meal all by itself by adding roasted vegetables or a little bit of grated cheese and parsley.

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To make ahead of time, bring 1 cup of water and ½ cup of quinoa to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes and fluff with fork. You will know when the grain is done when the little “tails” appear.

For today’s post, we are going to focus on breakfast and using quinoa as an easy and great substitute to oats and substituting almond butter for peanut butter and fresh berries for the “jelly”.

PB&J Quinoa Oatmeal

½ cup cooked quinoa

1/3 cup almond milk

½ Tbsp. almond butter

½ cup fresh blueberries

Combine quinoa and almond milk and microwave for 30 seconds to warm. Stir in almond butter and top with blueberries.

By incorporating quinoa into your meal plan, you are well on your way to a healthier New Year!

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Jump Start Your New Year Healthy Meals with Quinoa “PB & J” Oatmeal

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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5 comments

  1. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    love this recipe tnx

  2. Profile photo of Ian Ian says:

    This recipe sounds really good. Will def have to try.

  3. Profile photo of Marlena AntonucciEDITOR Marlena Antonucci says:

    This sounds like a lovely way to begin a cold day! I usually add quinoa to veggie bean burgers.

  4. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    sounds gr8 but where do i purchase quinoa?

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