Vegan Mofo: Quinoa-meal w/ Strawberries & Maple Balsamic Syrup

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I'm not a big breakfast person, but when it's cold out, I love something warm in my belly before I brave the preschool car line. Oatmeal seems like an obvious go-to, but often sits like a brick in that aforementioned belly. I have been super into quinoa lately. It's so adaptable and extremely easy to digest. Plus, who can't use more manganese in their diet, right? I cooked quinoa in coconut milk (not the can kind, the kind in the carton) and made it all sortsa fancy with strawberries, walnuts and a maple syrup/balsamic reduction.

Quinoa-meal w/ Strawberries & Maple Balsamic Syrup (vegan, gluten free)
serves 1


  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • sliced strawberries (mash a few)
  • raw walnuts
  • maple syrup
  • balsamic vinegar


  1. Bring coconut milk, quinoa, vanilla and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to the lowest setting for about 20 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat about 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1 TB balsamic vinegar and a few mashed strawberries in a small pan on low heat until it thickens.
  3. To serve, place quinoa in a bowl and pour some extra coconut milk on the sides. Top with sliced strawberries, raw walnuts and drizzle the some of the maple syrup reduction on top. Good morning!

1 comment:

  1. lazydaisy333October 13, 2011

    that looks yummy! will have to try it sometime as i love a hearty grainy warm breakfast :)


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