Although the porridge Traditionally it is made with oatmeal , the truth is that it can be easily processed with any other cereal. A good example is the quinoa porridge about whose recipe we want to talk to you on this occasion, and which becomes an excellent nutritious opportunity to enjoy, every morning or at snack, all the nutritional benefits that a food as exquisite as the quinoa .
With a characteristic flavor and a really smooth texture, quinoa porridge is an ideal option to replace oats when, for example, we do not have it at home. Or, simply, as an option for breakfast when we want to try a different ingredient. Its preparation, as we will see, is not only simple, but rather similar to traditional porridge.
- 3 tablespoons of quinoa
- 1 cup of milk or your favorite vegetable drink
- First of all we should wash the quinoa well, since it contains saponins. To do this, you just have to put it in a colander under the tap of running water, and wash it a little. Then it is advisable to put water in a bowl with water, and leave it to soak for 5 minutes. Finally, rinse it again under the tap of running water.
- Once washed and drained, put the milk or vegetable drink in a saucepan over the heat, add the quinoa, and let it cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
- After 15 minutes the porridge will be ready.
If you wish, you can sweeten the preparation with a little panela . However, the ideal is to enjoy it as is, being able to sweeten it more naturally with a handful of raisins. You can also accompany it with nuts, such as walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds, or with fruits (red fruits, for example, are delicious).
What benefits does the quinoa porridge offer us?
Quinoa porridge is a preparation that is not only delicious. It is also really nutritious. For example, it is rich in all essential amino acids, which means that it provides complete vegetable proteins, thus becoming a plant-based food rich in high-quality biological proteins, as is the case with soy .
It provides complex carbohydrates, which means that it is a slow-burning food; that is, it is digested little by little without producing blood glucose peaks. In addition, its main function is energetic, while its contribution in fats is relatively low (barely 6%), highlighting its richness in unsaturated fats, especially in essential linoleic acid.
It also provides vitamins, especially the B vitamins (such as B1, B2, B3 and B9), as well as vitamin A and E.
On the other hand, quinoa lacks gluten, so it is a cereal indicated for people with intolerance to this protein, and even for the preparation of the first baby porridges, being able to be consumed safely and quietly.