A good morning starts with a healthy breakfast, like this warm quinoa with coconut milk and apples. It’s wholesome, sweet, filling, and only 275 calories.
I never thought I’d see the day that Daniel woke up and ate something sweet for breakfast. This is a man who has ultra-savory meals first thing in the morning. Sometimes it’s chicken. Sometimes it’s steak. I’ve even seen him eat fish—and I’m not talking lox. It’s dinner for breakfast.
He tells me he’s just never really in the mood for waffles or french toast or pancakes or even omelets and eggs.
Can I, in good conscience, marry a man who disrespects breakfast like this?
Because I love breakfast foods—every last one of them.
Last week, though, Daniel woke up and made himself a bowl of oatmeal. And liked it. I stood in the kitchen and stared. When I asked him if I had died and this was heaven, he told me, “I just felt like oatmeal.” Huh.
The next morning, I was feeling lucky. Knowing the oatmeal had been a success, I made this recipe: warm quinoa porridge cooked in light coconut milk (Daniel is crazy for anything with a slight coconut flavor–and this has just enough to do the trick), topped with apples that I sautéed in a little bit of coconut oil, cinnamon, and a spoonful of orange marmalade, which glazed the apples just a bit.
I sprinkled his bowl with toasted walnuts and poured some extra coconut milk on top for creaminess just before I served it. The verdict? He’s requested it half a dozen more times since! He loved that it was different than oatmeal in texture, had a whole lot of flavor with just the right amount of sweetness from the apples–not too much (we’re still trying to keep it healthy and low in sugar!) but enough for it to be flavorful.
Try this healthy quinoa breakfast bowl for a spin on your traditional oatmeal. Make it ahead and reheat it with a little milk (light coconut milk or vanilla almond milk) for easy weekday mornings!