Meat Free Monday: Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa

Hello everyone!

I wanted to pop by on this freezing Monday morning and share another recipe with you – one that I mentioned last week.

I’ve become a huge fan of quinoa over the past year or so. It’s healthy and versatile, and I love the fact that it’s a meat-free, gluten-free food chock full of protein.

You might remember that I first had the idea to make breakfast quinoa when I was experiencing sensitivity to oats. Sometimes I don’t think there is anything better in the morning than a piping hot bowl of oatmeal – except that it was making me sick. So, I decided to switch things up and use quinoa in place of the oats, and have since created two other delicious breakfast quinoa recipes (here and here).

So I wanted to share with you on Meat Free Monday this next installment: Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa!

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Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa (egg, nut, dairy?, and gluten free)
serves one

Ingredients:

– ยผ cup uncooked quinoa
– ยฝ cup water
– 3 tbsp. coconut milk
– 2 tsp. brown sugar, or to taste
– 1 tbsp. vanilla protein powder, optional
– 3/4 cup diced strawberries

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until quinoa is tender.
  2. Keeping heat low, add the milk and brown sugar. Allow the sugar to melt and the quinoa to absorb most of the milk.
  3. Stir in protein powder, if youโ€™re using it.
  4. Add the diced strawberries and stir, allowing them to heat through.
  5. Spoon the quinoa into a bowl.
  6. Enjoy!

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It’s really such a simple recipe, which I love. I’m one of those people that likes to eat breakfast as soon as possible, so a quick dish is ideal. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope it’s not as chilly wherever you are as it is here, but if it is, this is a perfect, hot breakfast to curl up with! Have a great day!

P.S. Happy 24th anniversary to my wonderful parents! Love you both!

20 comments

  1. How sweet that it’s your parents’ anniversary today!

    And this quinoa breakfast looks great. Definitely a good change up from oats– I would say that this might be even better? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I think so! There’s more texture to quinoa. I have nothing against oats, but I do like this better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Bookmarking ;). I love oatmeal in the morning too (a very recent thing for me, never liked it besides overnight oats or oatmeal cookies before) but it was totally making me sick too!

    1. Really? I’ve only ever heard of one other person feeling sick because of oats. Definitely give this a try – hopefully you like it! (And I’m so with you about the oatmeal cookies ๐Ÿ˜‰ .)

      1. Yeah, I never noticed it before because I would have it in such small doses, but I’ve been eating big bowls a couple times a week the past couple weeks and I noticed I was feeling AWFUL!

      2. That’s interesting. And a bummer!

  3. This looks and sounds delicious! Breakfast quinoa is a great idea, and I’m always on board with strawberries n’ cream flavored anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy anniversary to your parents!

    1. Thanks! I agree, strawberry anything is delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m sure my parents say thank you!

  4. I don’t know why I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast before, but now you’ve convinced me! This sounds soooo yummy.

    1. I think it’s just something we don’t typically associate with breakfast! But I do hope you try it!

  5. That looks awesome!! I made a breakfast quinoa with coconut milk but went a totally different direction. Yours sounds awesome.

    1. Thanks! Did you put your recipe on your site? I’ll have to check it out!

  6. This quinoa looks delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This looks and sounds delicious! I haven’t tried making quinoa for breakfast, but I might just have to try this, though when it is a little cooler! Our weather has been in the 90’s +, so it is hard to eat hot breakfasts when it is already 75 degrees at 8:00 in the morning!

    1. Whew, yeah, that’s definitely not “warm breakfast” weather! But I do hope you try it some time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. What a bright and healthy start to your day. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    1. Thank YOU for hosting! I love your site! ๐Ÿ™‚

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