Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Grapefruit Quinoa

Posted by 4 years ago 10 Comments

I’ve been a bad pantry stocker this past week. I just didn’t have it in me to hit the grocery store on the weekend resulting in no milk, no eggs, and no bread.

Even my stash of fresh fruits and vegetables was reduced to a browning banana, a few aging leaves of spinach in the bottom of a bag and this …

Grapefruit Quinoa  - the grapefruit

An old pink grapefruit dangerously close to reaching the petrified stage.

It was time to think outside of the breakfast box and have a little fun. I decided to peel the grapefruit and see how it would cook down with some quinoa.

Grapefruit Quinoa The result was a fun, warm bowl of grapefruit goodness! A little higher in calories than my typical breakfast, but boy was it filling! And it stuck with me for some time, but you could also half it if you are looking for something lighter.

Here’s what I did. I hope it inspires you to try something new for breakfast this week.

  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup (43g) uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ~1 tbsp honey plus some for drizzling
  • 5g roasted sunflower seed kernels

Peel the grapefruit, separate the sections and chop, removing any seeds.

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Step 1

Put the quinoa, water, salt and grapefruit in a small pot with about a tablespoon of honey.

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Step 2

Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 1-2 minutes while stirring.

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Step 3

This helps draw out some of the extra liquid you’re going to have from the grapefruit.

Lower to a simmer and cover. Continue to cook for 15 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.

There still was a bit too much moisture, so after the 15 minutes I raised the temperature to medium and brought it back up to a boil until it reached more of a porridge or oatmeal consistency.

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Step 4

Pour it into a bowl, drizzle it with a little honey and top with sunflower seeds for a fun, salty crunch.

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Done

I loved how the grapefruit incorporated itself into the quinoa. It really made for a fun texture!

Grapefruit Quinoa  - Close up

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
355 4g 7g old: 7 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
34g 0g 73g 9g

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    Pat Sutherland

    March 28, 2013

    This looks warm and delicious! I have been looking into quinoa recipes because it is such a nutritious food. Pairing it with grapefruit is a wonderful idea.


    March 28, 2013

    This looks yummy! I have a petrified grapefruit on my counter that is going to be used for this recipe. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.

    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)

    March 28, 2013

    What a clever recipe. Looking at it, it doesn't seem like your grapefruit quinoa dish was made with grapefruit that's about to become "petrified." It really looks bright and yummy. I want to try this in my own kitchen. Thanks for sharing it.

    Jim Abston @ superbetaprostatereviewer

    March 29, 2013

    This is very tempting! This is very nutritous and my kids will definitely love it. I will make one during the Easter. Thanks for sharing!


    March 30, 2013

    That was so clever. Never knew grapefruit could look so delicious.


    April 1, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks yummy. I like foods that are delicious and nutritious.


    April 3, 2013

    Yum! This is such a healthy breakfast, I love how you thought of this recipe, how you managed to get outside your comfort zone for your breakfast. I'll definitely try this in one of these days. Thank you for sharing this recipe, you are an inspiration to a lot of people. :)


    April 3, 2013

    Wow!! I was looking for something interesting to do with quinoa. This looks absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to try it.

    Philly Joe Jones

    April 4, 2013

    Hey Roni, I've been looking for this awesome recipe for a while. I'm very glad that you've shared such a detailed recipe. Keep up the good work. Looking for more recipes from you. All best,


    August 13, 2013

    This recipe looks very interesting and delicious! Never thought about mixing quinoa with grapefruit before. I'm going to try this for breakfast this week. Thanks for sharing.