Why not bread, cereal, chips, crackers, cakes, muffins?
He was the third patient in a row who has “cereal” (oatmeal) for breakfast. I do not recommend “cereal or oatmeal” for breakfast, and I certainly don’t recommend the use of any dairy product on your breakfast grain. I try to educate patients that it is best to use: “unprocessed whole foods,” which are not what any commercial “cereals” are – including oatmeal, Raisin Bran or Cheerios.
Unprocessed whole grain cereals are nutritionally complete and healthy foods that retain all their vitamins and minerals until they are crushed and made into flour, powders, and then into standard boxed or packaged cereals! After the grinding, all the vitamin C, E, beta carotene, etc. that can be oxidized is oxidized. So I advised him and you to eat unprocessed whole quinoa, purchased from a bin and not in a cereal box, cooked the night before.
All grains cook alike:
- “Tonight” put 1/2 cup of quinoa into a dish.
- Then pour 1 cup of water into the pot, put the lid on, turn the heat to high and bring quickly to a boil.
- After the water has boiled, put the dish of quinoa into the pot, turn the heat to the lowest click-stop. Put the lid back on and cook (simmer) for 15 minutes! That’s it, all done.
- When the cooked quinoa has cooled adequately, although not necessarily entirely, put the now only warm pot of cooked quinoa on a trivet in the refrigerator.
- Tomorrow morning, take an ice cream scooper, and scoop out several scoops of the quinoa. Put into another pot and warm using the lowest heat adding some Rice Dream Vanilla Enriched.
- Come back in 5-10 minutes, and you will have a wonderful, healthy, warm breakfast that is whole, un-oxidized and delicious.
The reason for doing the above, is you need your vitamins un-oxidized. Other alternatives to the quick-cooking quinoa are teff or amaranth, all of which cook identically. You really could cook any grain this way, but these 3 cook the quickest. You could also cook larger quantities, but then that will make the pot stay warmer longer, and it may be much later at night before you can put the now cooled/only slightly warm pot into the refrigerator and on the trivet.