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Overnight Breakfast Polenta Bowl

After a stint with Thistle meal delivery service, I was introduced to polenta and decided to make an overnight polenta breakfast similar to overnight oats for quick morning meals.

I have tried to make polenta in the past and didn’t care for the time and attention it needed, so I switched to the tube of polenta (no herbs or flavorings added). If you want to make polenta from scratch for this recipe, I’m sure it would work. Kitchn has a quick way to make polenta.

Polenta bowlIngredients

  • 1/2 tube of already cooked polenta
  • One small piece of whole fruit (nectarine, apple, peach, pear, 1/4 cantaloupe, cherries or dried cranberries) or 1/4c jam
  • 1/4 cup milk (coconut, cows, rice, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sweeter of choice (maple syrup, honey, sugar, stevia, brown sugar, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon diced nuts (walnuts, almonds) or granola

Heat polenta in a bowl for 1 minute. Smash polenta with a fork. Add 1/4 cup milk and heat 30 seconds more. Smash polenta with fork some more. Add extra milk for desired consistency.  Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup into polenta mixture.

Layer 1/2 diced whole fruit into a pint mason jar then 1/2 polenta mixture. Finish with remaining fruit then polenta mixture. Put in refrigerator over night. Top with nuts or granola and enjoy.

 

 


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PB&J Crepes & Pancakes (Gluten Free)

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PB&J Crepe

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PB&J Pancake

This far exceeded my craving for pancakes. I was tired of the same old gluten free pancake and wanted a moist flavorful pancake. I had the quinoa on hand and decided to throw it in because these flavors were reminding me of my PB&J quinoa bowl recipe.

I was so impressed at how well these stuck together and flipped so nicely. I even tried making a large crepe and it didn’t do to bad when I flipped it.

Gluten Free PB&J Crepes & Pancakes

INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups Kinnikinnick Foods Pancake & Waffle Mix (Gluten Free)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup creamy gluten-free peanut butter or other nut butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup banana, smashed (about 1 small)
1/3 cup quinoa, cooked or 1/3 cup oatmeal, cooked

TOPPINGS
1 cup sliced strawberries or preserves of your choice
1 sliced banana, if desired
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS

  1. In large bowl, stir pancake mix, warm water, peanut butter, granulated sugar, salt, and egg with whisk.
  2. Fold in the quinoa or oatmeal and banana. The batter will be runny. Add a little more quinoa or oatmeal if you like thicker pancakes.
  3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat (375°F).
  4. Wait for the griddle to be hot then brush with vegetable oil if necessary.
  5. For each crepe, pour 1/3 cup batter onto hot griddle; For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle.
  6. Cook until bubbles form on top and edges are dry. Turn; cook other side until golden brown.
  7. Top pancakes with sliced strawberries or preserves; roll for crepe or leave flat for pancake; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

 

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Stack o’ Flap Jack’s

 

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Oversized crepe did well flipping.

This idea was based on this recipe.

 

Alternative: 

I’ve added 1 tsp pumpkin spice to this recipe for a fall treat! Top with powder sugar.

 


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Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)

Using Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread crumbs (a staple in my house) and this recipe as a base, I made some delicious protein packed Meat-less meatballs.
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Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (with Italian herbs, if possible)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
  • fresh or dried basil, oregano, parsley to taste (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, mash the beans with a potato masher or large fork until almost smooth (but leave a little texture). Add remaining ingredients, including quinoa, and, with clean hands, knead the “dough” to combine well.
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven 25-35 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through, until the balls are dry and well browned on the outside.

Serve immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Makes about two dozen. May be frozen.

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Sweet Potato Squash Red Onion Frittata With Quinoa

It is difficult to find a veggie packed breakfast. This tasted great warm or cold and was packed with vegetables. Feel free to make adjustments and pack in more vegetables. The original recipe can be found here.

 

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Total time: About 1 hour 15 minutes plus 10 minutes cooling time

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, cut in half, cleaned thoroughly, and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 ounces non-dairy Parmesan or mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeds and membranes removed, and cut in small dice (1/2 to 3/4 inch) (about 4 cups diced) How to roast butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs

1. Cook squash if needed. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or casserole dish.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet and add onion. Cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add leek and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until onion and leek are tender, another 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from the heat.

3.  In a large bowl, beat eggs and add salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 teaspoon salt). Whisk in milk. Add onions, leek mixture, squash, cheese, and quinoa. Combine well. Scrape into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until set and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes or longer before serving.

Yield: Serves 6

Advance preparation: The roasted squash will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator. The frittata will also keep for 2 to 3 days and freezes well. Reheat in a medium oven for about 20 minutes.

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Egg salad, Cucumber Quinoa Bowl

Craving a cucumber sandwich on this warm spring day and a mental scan of the fridge came up with this twist. Quinoa is a good replacement for the texture and filling qualities of bread.

Lots of crunch, fresh cool cucumber and carrots contrast the warm egg and mayo salad on top.

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Scramble 2 eggs, cool a few minutes, then mix with 1 tbsp (15g) Mayo With Olive Oil. Place over cold bed of:

  • Carrots – Raw, 1 large, diced
  • Cucumber – Peeled, raw, 0.5 medium, diced
  • Generic Cooked – Quinoa, 1/4 cup-dry, prepared, cooled

377 calories
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Quinoa Egg Scramble

Today’s breakfast was simple yet adventurous for me. The salsa verde was homemade from produce box tomatillos, and the eggs were pasture raised. What an all around healthy, refreshing and light meal.

Quinoa Salsa Verde Scramble

1/4 cup dry quinoa, cooked, warm
2 eggs or egg substitute, scrambled
2 tablespoons homemade salsa verde

Mix all together and enjoy.

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Quinoa PB&J Bowl

I am doing a five day whole foods diet to combat the holiday indulgences and today’s meals were certainly what my palette has been aching for in gluten free foods.

The butternut squash smoothie was like drinking pumpkin pie! Delicious and nutritious. I added walnuts and vanilla whey protein powder.

Though skeptical about warm coconut milk with peanut butter mixed in, a coworker said he enjoys stirring pb into his warm oatmeal. It was great, filling and kept me full all afternoon. The only thing I’d change is more pb and more jam 🙂

Quinoa is the super grain that has healthy omega-3 fatty acids, has great anti-inflammatory properties and high concentration of antioxidants.

PB&J Quinoa Bowl*

Servings: this makes one hearty meal (could reduce quinoa by half for a snack or light meal)

Stir together in a serving bowl:
1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked and warm temperature (about 1.5 cups cooked)
1 cup milk of choice, warm
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Place on top:
2 tablespoons jam
1 sliced banana
Some almond pieces

*recipe is a modification from a menu item at Backyard Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA