Breakfast Quinoa

In early February, I did an interview with Isabelle Gallant of CBC, talking about this project. I’m happy to say that it aired on Monday of last week, and you can have a listen here. (I start at the 9:02 mark.)
Breakfast Quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa, with fresh mango

Well! After several weeks of oatmeal recipes, we are moving on to new horizons. Today’s breakfast option doesn’t actually appear in the PDF version of the cookbook (which is a free download at but you can find it on page 11 of the print edition.

Ingredient Notes
There’s really only three ingredients: quinoa, fruit, and a little bit of sugar. I used mango, because it was the only thing I could really imagine with the quinoa. (I had a good-sized mango, so I used half of it in my breakfast and took the other half in my lunch. Bonus!)

I should warn you that mangoes are delicious but very messy to cut up. You can find a good primer for choosing and chopping mango, at the website of the U.S. National Mango Board. (Yes, there really is such  a thing as a National Mango Board.)

How Did it Taste?
Nice. This is a pleasant alternative to oatmeal, and quite filling. (I’d actually use less quinoa the next time I make this recipe, probably 1/3 cup.) I wouldn’t say that I’m in love with Breakfast Quinoa, but I think it’s worth experimenting with some different fruits to see if there’s a magic combination that knocks my socks off.

Let’s Do the Math
The quinoa takes about 20 minutes to cook,but it’s still a very simple dish to pull together. Half a mango cost me 75 cents and  the quinoa (purchased in the bulk section at Save-On Foods) came to $1.45. Add some sugar and Breakfast Quinoa weighs in at $2.25 per serving. This isn’t necessarily as cheap as some of the oatmeal options, but as the book points out, quinoa packs a pretty good wallop of protein, keeping you full for longer.

Frugal Food Tip
I don’t actually have a frugal food tip for today. But I will tell you that — in preparation for the warmer months — I’m in the middle of “The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb” by Rhonda Massingham. This little book is packed full of practical advice for getting a garden going without spending a fortune.

I took it out of my home library, but it’s also available online through Freading, a service that lets you access off-the-beaten track eBooks with your library card. You can find out more at their website.

And that’s all for today. Tune in next week for a recap of how my food spending went in February. Have a great weekend!


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