What I'm Loving and Quinoa Recipe

Not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I’m pretty much loving chia seeds right now. Isaac’s a little worried that I might start to sprout green body hair, but I ain’t scured, as demonstrated from the photos below. At one point I ran out of seeds (sad, I know) but the chia fairy came to the rescue and this weekend I’ve been eating big bowls of cookies n cream oat bran, oatmeal, chia, banana, and cinnamon. (What a mouthful, in more ways than one.)

Chia Seed Oatmeal

  • 1/4 oat bran
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • cinnamon to taste

Cook the oatbran, oatmeal, and sliced banana in the water and milk on medium heat by stove top. After about 5 minutes, or when the oats get thick enough for your tastes turn off the stove and mix in about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Let the oats sit for about 5 minutes, transfer into a bowl and add the toppings of your choice. I love to use nut butters, granola, nuts, or coconut. Enjoy.

Delicious….

And, here is where all the chia seed goodness is coming from

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Tiny little grains of really BIG nutrition – Check em out!

As promised here is the recipe for my confetti quinoa is below. The best part about this recipe is you can seriously add any veggie you would like and I’m sure it would still taste lovely. So feel free to have fun with it.
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Confetti Quinoa

  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa **
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/8 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked in water to rehydrate)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 7 leaves of basil (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)

Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 11/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 11/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 11/2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

**Quinoa from the bulk bins will need to be rinsed and then cooked, I used Bob’s Red Mill and it is already rinsed.

Bring water to a boil, add quinoa and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed. After the pot had cooled, I put the quinoa in the fridge overnight, but if you are in a rush, spread it on a cookie sheet and let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes or so (don’t rinse with cool water). Once cooled add the remaining ingredients in with the quinoa and prep the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the dressing on the quinoa mixture and stir it well to coat. Serve right away or store in the fridge until you are ready to eat. Enjoy!

Happy Monday everyone. Make this week a great one.

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Comments

  1. Chia and Quinoa. Two things that are all over the blogworld, but I have yet to try! I need to jump on the bandwagon!

  2. Your quinoa looks delicious and so does that creamy oatbran!

  3. your quinoa is gorgeous!!! and I need to figure out more things to do with my chia seed. I threw them in a smoothie, but didn’t soak them or anything, or make that “gel” everyone has been talking about. hmmmm

  4. I love quinoa, but I haven’t tried chia seeds yet! That breakfast looks so delicious.

  5. Yep those breakfasts look wonderful!!!! Thanks for the quinoa recipe too. :D

  6. Thanks for the recipe!! Chia is something I haven’t tried yet but I really should!

    Green body hair – haha!!

  7. skinnymenny says:

    Yum, that quinoa recipe looks delicious! I might have to try that….

  8. that quinoa photo is awesome! i will have to try my hand at the recipe, sans the raisins. i LOVE feta, so i bet this is great! thanks!

  9. Thanks for the wonderful recipe – your quinoa looks great and it’s awesome that you can add any veggies to it!

  10. I am not a huge quinoa fan, but I’m determined to keep trying it because it is so good for me. I’m thinking maybe if I blend it as a hot cereal, I wouldn’t mind that greeny flavor, caviar texture.

  11. I just picked up a chia cereal (also has hemp seeds and buckwheat in it) that I think I’m going to have to try out tomorrow. Perhaps you should do up a hot quinoa & chia breakfast! Talk about super food overload.

    PS – how much chia are you adding to your oats, and when do you add it in the cooking process?

  12. What would you say that Chia actually tastes like??

  13. I’ve got some Chia Seeds coming my way and I am so excited to experriement with them!!

  14. That recipe looks great! I’ll have to try it out – I’ve never had Chia Seeds or quinoa before.

  15. Great quinoa recipe! It’s such a versatile grain. Hard to go wrong with it.

  16. i keep seeing this chia seeds everywhere. i am going to have to give them a try at some point! haha

  17. LOL i hope we don’t sprout green body hair :) Shrek might start lovin on us if we do!

    That meals looks great once again <3

  18. Do you get the chia seeds delivered?
    Have become stuck in an oatmeal rut and this looks like it may help break it

  19. Thanks for the Quinoa recipe. I am going to use it in our weight loss cooking class in a few weeks!

  20. Can you make Chia Pets out of Chia seeds? Peach Chia Pet Overnight Oatmeal? Just a thought…

  21. I had the oat bran for breakfast just this morning. It tasted great! It was very sweet and the cinnamon added a nice variety to the taste. I plan to make the quinoa as our evening salad for dinner tonight, I plan to add some Banana peppers to the mix for a more spicy taste.

  22. I also add chia seeds to my oatmeal in the morning – gives me a bit of a ‘kick start’. I also stir them into my son’s soup.

  23. Maybe this has already been asked but what is the full purpose of chia seeds? Do they fill you up longer or ?

  24. Rebecca says:

    Hello,
    Do you use instant or steel cut oats in the chia seed oatmeal? If you use instant have you tried steel cut?

    Thank you!

  25. I was just thinking that I need to figure out more things to do with them as well… adding this to the LONG to do list :)

  26. Marianne- I add 1 tablespoon of chia to my oats and I stir them in (whole) right after I turn the stove off. Although, I haven’t seen anything saying that they can’t be cooked so it would probably be fine to put them in while cooking. If I have time to wait, I try to let the oats sit for a few minutes, but usually I don’t and I just end up digging right in.

  27. Jess- The flavor is very mild and almost non-existent, but because I’ve been adding them in whole (without grinding) they do add texture to my oats.

  28. I’ve bought chia seeds locally, however they can definitely be purchased online and delivered. The two companies I have gotten chia seeds from are Cheela and Nuvitas Naturals. I hope you buy some and it gets you out of your oatmeal rut!

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