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Salty Sweet Breakfast Quinoa: Recipe 3 of 12

Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until October 13th I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking for added support, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
I’ve got a thing for foods that are sweet and salty. Caramels with sea salt. French fries with plenty of ketchup. Peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Chocolate covered pretzels. Is there anything better than a sprinkle of salt on a piece of ripe cantaloupe? I think not. I just love the sweet and salty together. Unfortunately, most of these combos are not great for you or your waste line. Have no fear. My friend Dillan came up with a healthy sweet and salty creation that you can enjoy first thing in the morning. Rock on.
Dillan, I think a lot of people get stuck eating the same darn thing for breakfast every day. Maybe cereal or a muffin or toast. How can we spice it up?
Some folks love salty.
Some like sweet.
Combined? Magical.
The salted pumpkin seeds and sweet maple syrup make this a breakfast to savor! It’s my take on my Oh-So-Easy-Oatmeal recipe using quinoa instead. You might have heard about this grain-like wonder (pronounced KEEN-WAH) that has an amazing array of amino acids and no wheat-like properties for those with Celiac’s disease or wheat-intolerance and sensitivities.
Don’t know if wheat is a sworn enemy of your gut?
See if you have these symptoms after eating things like pasta, bread, bagels and pizza:
frequently feel fatigued
get bloated
have unexplained mood swings
have indigestion or frequent gas
If you answered yes, you might be gluten intolerant. Gluten is the protein part of wheat, rye and barley and is responsible for the spring-like and bouncy texture of those foods. Without gluten, it’s hard to make that same spring-action happen, but you can do it. That’s for another day…
Listen to your belly. Pay attention after you eat. It may not be that you ate too much but rather, that you ate the wrong thing.
Quinoa saves the day. It is high in protein and doesn’t have the side-effects of wheat. If wheat is a problem, some people can’t even rock oats which can sometimes have residual gluten from being processed in the same agricultural mills as wheat, rye and barley. I might be one of those people who don’t digest them very well, actually–so sometimes I eat quinoa instead for breakfast and I notice how my body responds.
I made a big ol’ pot of quinoa last night—-2 cups of quinoa to about 4 cups water, bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat until light and fluffy–and used it in place of oats for my breakfast this morning.
I added the usual amazing additions and now I’m sitting here with a full, happy and non-bloated belly.
And we have plenty of quinoa left over to add to our dinner tonight and breakfast later this week (cooked grains keep for about 5 days if tightly covered in the fridge).
Give this a try!
Salty Sweet Breakfast Quinoa
1 cup cooked quinoa (cook the night before and store in a closed glass container in the fridge)
2 TBS almond milk
1 handful of:
– raisins or dried cranberries
– roasted salted pumpkin seeds
– roasted sunflower seeds
– finely chopped raw almonds
– dash of cinnamon
– splash of real 100% maple syrup (pancake syrup is corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring and it contains little to none of the essential minerals available in real maple syrup—use the real thing).
– 2 tsp ghee or coconut oil or butter
1. Add quinoa and milk to small pot and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes.
2. Add raisins and almonds and stir for another 2 minutes.
3. Transfer to cereal bowl and add remaining ingredients.
4. take a picture and post it on your Facebook page or share it with your friends!!!
Thanks Dillan!

You can learn more about Dillan and her business at http://www.SavorYourExistence.com. If you live in the Boston area, check out her Get Focused: Feel Fabulous 8-week Fall program that starts on September 27th.
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  1. This sounds like an awesome twist on my quinoa with cinnamon/dried fruit breakfast I’m used to eating… can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for the idea! 🙂

  2. This looks amazing! I really need to add some seeds to my life… I don’t often eat a lot of nuts and seeds because I have problems with portion control but I should tet those waters again!
    As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Just wanted to say that I tried this today for breakfast, and it ROCKS!! 🙂 I found it to be more filling than Quinoa with just cinnamon and/or dried fruit, and the salty/sweet contrast is awesome. Thanks again!

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