From James O'Shea at The West Street Grill
1 Cup of Quinoa (Any Color) (4 Portions)
1 ¾ Cups Of water (For Savory Use Vegetable Stock) Omit Salt
½ Teaspoon or A Big Pinch Sea Salt
Rinse the Quinoa Thoroughly and Strain through a fine mesh sieve. This removes the natural coating that does not taste great. This recipe uses less liquid then most recipes yielding a better texture. Place the quinoa in a pot with the water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat, cover the pot, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the germs are cooked (about 12-15 minutes). Appearing soft and translucent the germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain. (Like a sea of little spirals, as one cook put it). Turn off the heat and wrap the cover with a tea towel, (An old Irish trick to dry out potatoes). Place the towel wrapped cover on the pot. Let the quinoa sit for 5-10 minutes before giving it a good fluff with a fork.
3 Cups of Quinoa
1 Cup of Califia Almond milk (Unsweeted)
11/2 Tablespoons of Coconut Palm Sugar (More or Less to your liking)
Place the quinoa, almond milk and palm sugar in a saucepan. Warm over medium heat stirring until warmed through, only for a few minutes (approx. 3mins). Divide into bowls and top with toppings.
Flake Coconut (Unsweetened)
Pitted Deglet Dates
Maqui Berry Powder
Cashews in the Raw
Optional Additional Topping
Bananas, Figs, Mango, Blueberries or other Fruits
Nuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds
Use whatever combination of toppings you like and dust the top of each bowl with 1 tablespoon of maqui berry powder. You can make the quinoa in advance and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge a little advance of reheating. Let's say, before you jump in the shower, feed the cat, let the dog out, or whatever. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap. Do not cook the maqui berry powder as cooking may remove some valuable nutrients
Breakfast "In the Now"
I am neither the "Walrus nor the Egg Man"
Breakfast is on a different path these days with a lot more attention paid to health. Classic breakfast are a ritual to many but can be a little heavy and not great for ones health if eaten on a daily or on a regular basis. Yet many crave the ritualistic feast without any attempt to look at any other options. Yes there is hope as juice bars are now popular and healthy options, are beginning to appear on restaurant menus. Come on now Greek diners and diner joints, show us some love.