I woke up this morning with a hunger for something sweet, grounding and warming. To be honest, this actually rarely happens. I usually wake up craving fresh & cold food or a nice warm cup of tea (or coffee if it’s on my 1-2 coffees a week day). However, sometimes all a girl needs is a little bit of comfort.
The word porridge has a special place in my heart. Back when I was a younger little chap- when Sam & I used to spend a portion of our summers in England with my Nana (I believe I’ve written about this/shared it in my blog before). Our breakfasts (well, actually, our entire eating patterns) throughout our stay with Nana were for lack of a better term, gluttonous. Part of my mornings were accompanied by a deliciously large bowl of Nana’s porridge. This wasn’t any old bowl of porridge. Oats, full fat milk, brown sugar- so starchy and thick and fabulous. I would really pile on the brown sugar after it was done cooking in the microwave. Anyways- I think since then, I’ve always had quite an emotional attachment/reaction to the whole oatmeal/porridge dish. It brings back memories of gluttony and the chubby-child syndrome.
My hormones seem to have been throwing me through a bit of a loop lately- maybe slightly due to the moon and the lunar eclipse that occurred just last week (although I believe this, others very well may refute this reason) and other events that have been changing the regular routine in my life. Change is wonderful though- although I think I try to resist it and avoid it as much as possible- I find that I’m experiencing it more and more and it is becoming something that I am learning to cope with and embrace at times.
A few weeks ago I made this breakfast for one of my clients and I was really tempted to eat half of the portion when it was done. I usually really don’t like porridge and oatmeal because I find it too heavy and filling for me. Not every food is for everyone- and I think that unless you are of the vata dosha or you take part in a lot of physical activity throughout your day- oatmeal in the morning can be quite heavy. That being said- in comparison to a lot of breakfasts out there- it most certainly is very healthy, satisfying and nutrient dense. It’s all about you as an individual and what works for you. During the summer months- I tend to veer away from eating too many grains and simple carbohydrates- mostly because my body craves it less. Summer months elicit an energy of desiring to feel light and more on the go, in general. I do have to say though, for those of you that are in Vancouver with me- I was really pleased to see the rain yesterday and am happy to have a cool week this week. The more years I spend here, the more I truly do LOVE the rain. It’s funny how that happens.
This is a great breakfast if you are taking it easy at home in the morning, or on the go. It’s relatively quick and will last you two days if you please! It also allows for variation and experimentation in the kitchen- which is always a favourite of mine, being an intuitive cook and all. I hope you enjoy it!
- 1/2 cup quinoa (soaked overnight in under 1 cup filtered water)
- 1 cup nut mylk (your choice: almond, brazil, cashew, coconut, hemp)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 apple (diced or grated)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground vanilla
- 1/2 lemon juiced and zested
- *optional: chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds) + dried fruit (goji berries, raisins, cherries, mulberries)
- Soak and rinse quinoa
- Combine in a pot with water and bring to a boil
- Reduce the heat to a low, cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes
- Add milk, apple, cinnamon, seeds & vanilla
- Cook for 5-10 minutes until creamy, add more mylk if needed
- Spoon into bowls, and top with freshly sliced fruit (berries, banana) or dried fruit (figs, apricot)
- Realllly ENJOY that delicious bowl of warming porridge!