Getting kids to eat quinoa for the first time is equivalent to getting them to eat their greens. At least, that’s the way it was in this house. Maybe it’s the texture, or the nutty flavor, or maybe the name alone makes them not so keen. Whatever the reason, it took some getting used to here. So if quinoa is a new pantry item in your house, or maybe you haven’t tried it before, this would be a great place to start! The nutty flavors of quinoa blend well with peanut butter, and a little touch of honey or agave and jam add just enough sweetness.
It’s always nice to change up the usual oatmeal breakfast, or PB&J sandwich for lunch. This dish is perfect for a change, especially with picky eaters, since it has flavors they are used to but much more nutrition. Quinoa has twice the amount of protein, compared to oats, and also has more fiber. In addition to higher protein and fiber content in quinoa, there is also more calcium, potassium, zinc, and vitamin E. With only 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes cooking time, this one pot meal is sure to make everyone happy!
My littlest helper was back at it this morning stirring the quinoa. I gave her a large whisk to work with so her hands weren’t too close to the pot and stood close by watching.
While she was busy stirring, big sis was watering the herb garden (her favorite thing to do in the morning!), and I was sipping some coffee. I love a big morning cup of hot coffee. Nothing added to it, and both hands wrapped around the mug for warmth – starts the day right.
|Creamy PB&J Quinoa|
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup rinsed, uncooked quinoa
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (natural or organic)
- 1 tbsp jelly
- 1 tsp honey or agave
- Add the milk to a medium pot over medium-high heat.
- Add quinoa and bring to boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce to a simmer and continue to stir until quinoa is cooked, about 12 – 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add peanut butter and sweetener, stir until combined. If needed, add a little more milk.
- Pour the quinoa into a bowl, add jelly and swirl around.
Please watch out for partially hydrogenated oils in peanut butter, and high fructose corn syrup and food dyes in jelly. Read the labels carefully!
This makes 2 small servings or 1 large serving and could easily be doubled or tripled. Freeze any leftovers for another week!