This week’s featured The Kids Cook Monday recipe, Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa, is a fluffy, sweet breakfast treat. What’s more, this power breakfast is also high in protein, so your kids won’t be hungry again by the time you’re done putting away the morning dishes. Quinoa, by the way, is the only grain that is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids. That’s why this grain has quickly become a popular staple for healthy families, especially those who live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or simply want to cut back on their meat consumption without missing out on protein. What’s more, quinoa is gluten free.
This whole grain is versatile too; use it anywhere where you would use rice. And with a much shorter cooking time than rice — only about 15 minutes — quinoa is also a convenient companion for quick dinners.
If your family has never tried quinoa before, this recipe is a great opportunity give the heart-healthy grain a try. Kids usually love the soothing creamy texture and very accessible flavor of the delicate grain. It tastes a little bit like “brown rice meets oatmeal” — what could be yummier than that, right? Add the familiar flavors of honey and cinnamon and you’ve got a sure winner in the morning.
Now, why are we telling you to soak the quinoa in yogurt overnight, only to rinse the yogurt away when you’re making the recipe? This technique is a trick to make the quinoa irresistibly fluffy. But you can certainly skip this step if you didn’t have the time to get everything soaking the day before. In that case, simply follow the cooking directions on the quinoa package for a that part of our Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa recipe.
You can find the nutritional information for this recipe ZisBoomBah’s Ultimate Food Guide for Parents, along with more kid-friendly recipes for a healthy family, now even sortable to exclude your kids taste or texture dislikes!