Friday, April 29, 2011

New Beginnings

I suppose I've had a re-awakening of sorts.
Perhaps, that's what a death of a loved one will do to you.

I read a great quote that has stuck with me:
"Death is the celebration that teaches us how to live"
Not sure who wrote it, but for me it's true in that I'm making some changes in my life.

1)  I've decided to eat healthier - within reason.

2)  I'm going to sketch every morning while I sip my (decaf)coffee.

3)  OK...I'm getting back to walking.  No excuses, I now have time for myself.

4)  I've begun a "one line" night time journal

This morning I tried a new recipe.
Not sure if I did it right - it took me way longer to cook the Quinoa than the recipe called for.

I added dried cranberries, walnuts and a few cut up plums.
I used the coconut milk to cook it instead of water, and I liked that.

Hot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
coconut milk
Stevia or honey

Soak the quinoa in cold water for 5 minutes
Drain and rinse - (I couldn't drain it because the grain was too small) I simply added coconut milk to the water
to cook it.  Also, It needed more liquid as it cooked.

In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, the cranberries, walnuts and plums with the water (and coconut milk if you choose

Simmer until the water is absorbed.  It took my quinoa 15 min, but the recipe called for 5 minutes.

Serve with milk and sweeten with Stevia or honey or sugar

I cooked mine in the coconut milk, but I think this adds too many calories.  Next time I'll cook it in water, and add the coconut milk when I eat it.  You could use soy milk or milk instead.

I know this is a healthy breakfast, but I wasn't crazy about it.
Maybe, I'll get used to it?

Let me know if you try it or have a better recipe for quinoa


  1. those sound like awesome goals. I recently discovered quinoa and I LOVE it. I have mixed it with canned salmon and avocado for a sandwich and it was amazing.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Mmm...That sounds interesting. I love avocado and salmon, but I wouldn't have thought of using the quinoa with them. I'll give it a try!


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