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.)
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 leannebrown.com) but you can find it on page 11 of the print edition.
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!