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Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

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I've seen a variety of hot quinoa cereals - some with just plain quinoa or oatmeal, some with ingredients that I'd never be able to find, and some that just take way too much effort. I ran across this one in a Bon Appetit magazine, and I instantly fell in love. Why? It only requires 10 minutes of cooking time and you can do it the night before! Yay! When you have guests in town, the last thing you want to do is spend all morning slaving away in the kitchen, especially before that coffee kicks in. (And if we're being totally honest, making pancakes for ten people is awful!)With this dish, you get a nice mix of oats and quinoa, and you can pile on all the healthy toppings that you want: milk, maple syrup (that goes pretty much on everything), pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts or almonds, cranberries, raisins, fresh berries, and whatever else you can think of. Feel free to get creative with this one!Hot Oat and Quinoa Breakfast BowlIf you don't have time to prep the dish overnight, you can cook it in the morning. But there's nothing nicer than waking up to breakfast already on the stove. You just need to grab your toppings and leave it all out for whoever wanders out in the morning. Quick, healthy, and tasty - you can't get any easier than this! Plus it's great the next day..or two. It's the breakfast that keeps on giving.

Hot Oat + Quinoa Cereal
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Serves: 4
A delicious whole grain breakfast that's great for when you have guests over (or when you're feeling lazy). This portion will serve 4-6 if that's all your eating and 6-8 if you have other munchies around.
Ingredients
  • Cereal
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (goji berries, blueberries, or cranberries)
  • 1/2 steel-cut oats (if you don't have steel-cut, regular oats will work as well)
  • 1/2 cup well-rinsed quinoa
  • 1/4 raisins
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardomom
  • 4 cups water [br]
  • Toppings
  • Milk of your choice (soy, almond, cow)
  • Maple syrup
  • Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds
  • Toasted walnuts or almonds
  • Additional raisins or dried fruit (optional)
  • Fresh berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the Cereal ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and let sit off heat overnight. [br] (If you want to make this in the morning, bring the ingredients to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.)
  2. Before serving, reheat cereal in saucepan, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occassionally and adding water if needed, until warmed through, usually about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Serve with milk, maple syrup, seeds, nuts, and whatever else you want.

 

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