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Have a Morning: Easy Breakfast Recipe

November 1, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More

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When was the last time you had a nice morning? Sure, every day with any luck, you awaken, crawl out of bed and go about a routine that culminates in a mad dash out the door to do whatever it is you do. For many of us busy folks, morning is an unlikely time for leisure, decadence or peace and quiet.

I rediscovered the lost art of having a morning several years ago during what was probably the height of my corporate career. At the time, I was doing a 120-mile roundtrip commute to my New Jersey office. I would arrive home late and tired with only enough time to watch some TV, eat a quick dinner, and go to bed. With increasing resentment and bitterness, I decided that somehow, I needed to make time to do something good for me.

I started getting out of bed an hour earlier. In that hour, I did a quick meditation, had a healthy breakfast and lingered just a bit over a rich cup of coffee before heading out the door. In the summer, I would go for a 30-minute walk and check out the beautiful gardens in bloom in my neighborhood. Other times, I made a pot of soup in the morning so I could come home to a decent meal. What a difference this simple change made in my life!

Now, mornings are my favorite part of the day. I can accomplish a few things before the e-mails start pouring in and the phone starts ringing. My new favorite breakfast recipe is a an overnight quinoa and oat cereal from Bon Appetit. Because you get it started the night before, there’s no need to wait for the steel cut oats to cook. And, any leftovers reheat beautifully for another day.

Quinoa looks like a grain, but is actually a seed.

I think there are millions of potential riffs on this basic recipe. Recently my Dad, Pat “The Bat” Barker, visited. This is a guy whose gastronomic foundation is built firmly on BBQ hot wings from the nearest franchised casual eatery. Although we shared our first skydiving adventure together years ago, he had not been adventurous enough to eat quinoa. He was all like, “Keen-WHAAAAT?!” Even he liked this breakfast, declaring it “really good.”

Breakfast Recipe: Overnight Quinoa Cereal

breakfast recipe

Toasted pumpkin seeds are a great topping for salads, too!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa

1/2 cup steel cut oats (if you’re gluten sensitive, get gluten-free oats)

1/2 cup dried fruit (I like goji berries, but you can try cranberries, cherries, or whatever)

1/4 cup raisins

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamom

toasted nuts for topping (I use pumpkin seeds or walnuts, but almonds would be great, too)

Toasting nuts brings out their flavor. Heat them over medium-low heat in a dry skillet until lightly brown and fragrant.

Other toppings as desired, like maple syrup, honey, raw milk, almond or coconut milk

Simply combine all ingredients with 4 cups of water in a pot. Bring to a boil, off the heat and cover and let sit overnight. In the morning, just reheat. Sometimes, I have to cook off some excess liquid, but this takes only a few minutes.

I love the flavor so much, I usually don’t sweeten at all, but you can top and serve any way you wish. Next, pour some coffee, relax and enjoy while watching the sun come up.

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