Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Breakfast Quinoa with Citrus and Kiwi

9 WWPP Posted by 4 years ago 7 Comments

Joe left a comment on my recent Single Serve Steal Cut Oats Topped with Blueberries post about using quinoa for breakfast and I haven’t been able to get the thought out of my head ever since. A couple of years ago I made Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa but haven’t dabbled with the idea in awhile. It was about time.

Breakfast Quinoa with Citrus and Kiwi I went a little fruit nutty with this one. I’m purposefully trying to up my servings this pregnancy and I loved this particular combination. I actually meant to add a few nuts but totally forgot at the end. It was just so pretty I started taking pictures and then I dug in!

I really enjoyed the texture of the citrus with the quinoa and the kiwi added a fun twist.

  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 1 small blood orange (any orange would work, this is just what I happen to have)
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (45g)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • About 1 tsp honey (I used 5g)
  • 1 kiwi fruit

Zest the orange and grapefruit. You don’t have to get every bit, just about a teaspoon or 2 from each to grab the flavor.

Breakfast Quinoa with Citrus and Kiwi  - zest

In a small pot add the zest, quinoa, water and honey. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to simmer.

While the quinoa is cooling supreme the grapefruit and orange. click here to see how to do it. This technique is new to me but I’m loving it for salads. I tried it first in my Citrus Spinach Salad with Pomegranates and Walnuts.

Make sure to squeeze out the juice. You can use it in the cooking of the quinoa but I didn’t have time to cut the citrus first, I was in a time crunch. Instead I just drank it and let me tell you, grapefruit/blood orange juice mixed together is divine!

Cut the kiwi in thin wedges to match the citrus. I, of course, left the skin on. ;) Click here for out recent kiwi video.

Breakfast Quinoa with Citrus and Kiwi - the kiwi

By this time the quinoa should be about done. It takes 10-12 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed.

Toss the warm quinoa with the cut fruit and enjoy!

Breakfast Quinoa with Citrus and Kiwi - close up

Weight Watcher folks, it’s the crazy point thing again. I started a coversation about on my weight loss blog. You can read others opinions on how they would count this type of meal.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
365 3g 12g old: 7 new: 5 or 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
37g 0g 80g 10g

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    Rose

    February 27, 2011

    So you eat the kiwi peel? Reply

    Tiger G

    February 27, 2011

    Mmmmm! My mom introduced me to quinoa as a kid, I only ever had it as a breakfast cereal (she was one of those nutty moms into hot cereal every morning, I swear I've eaten every grain imaginable for breakfast) so I'm always trying to break out of the breakfast role of quinoa but this looks too good so I'll have to try it. Reply

    roni

    February 27, 2011

    Rose - I do.. see my kiwi post.. http://greenlitebites.com/2011/02/23/produce-pick-kiwi-fruit/ Reply

    Natalia

    February 28, 2011

    Sounds good! I'll have to check out the posts about the citrus and the kiwi peel. I didn't know that you could eat the peel! I would only count the Quinoa and honey! The fruit I wouldn't count UNLESS I went up over the 5 servings. I'm going to ck with my WW leader and see what she has to say on the subject. Reply

    Joe

    February 28, 2011

    I was so happy to see this post...your recipes inspire me, glad I could return the favor...keep up the great work! Reply

    Joline

    March 6, 2011

    This is pretty good. I think next time I make it i am going to do more of the quinoa with the same amount of fruit. I ended up doubling the recipe so that my daughter could have some too. My husband can't eat the grapfruit due to a medication and my four year old son didn't ask for any, don't think he would have wanted some anyway. I also needed to add more honey to the top of ours when we were eating it because it was too citrusy for us. But, all in all a great recipe. I had a hard time supreming my grapefruit, though I followed your step-by-step guide. And its very difficult to supreme easy peel oranges! Thanks again for another great recipe! Reply

    Marisel

    March 29, 2011

    What an odd recipe. I don't think I've ever seen quinoa this way. I bet it does taste good and definitely nutritious. Reply