Golden Berry Quinoa Porridge
My sister was town this summer visiting from London, UK. She moved there over a year ago to live in her favorite city and follow her path of happiness. We said our goodbyes, I was devastated for weeks on end, but then realized the incredible aspect of her living in London. I get to visit her and satisfy my love affair with Europe. She has her own love affair with the UK; I have mine…. with France. After all, Paris is only a short train ride away from London. Since she’s been back home, I’ve been busy impressing her with my breakfast creations. This looks fancy and feels formal, and I am here to say. Yes, it is. If I am going to impress, I am playing all my cards. I forgot to mention, it is super easy to make, but let’s not share this part with her.
This recipe calls for milk (your choice), I happen to have oat milk freshly made so I warmed it up on the stovetop on low heat while infusing it with cinnamon quills. Impressive! Well, wait it gets even better. Once my oat milk warmed up, I added my sprouted quinoa and topped it off with finely sliced asian pears, golden berries, red currants, dried rose petals, mint and black sesame seeds. Hmm…. Did I win you over?
Now for some valuable information on one key ingredient: Black Sesame Seeds or as I like to call them, Miracle Medicinal Seeds. You can find them in a variety of colors: white (ivory-ish), yellow, brown, black and red. These medicinal seeds grow in pods and once harvested, they can be used whole, ground or as an oil in culinary dishes. Making them a popular ingredient in gastronomy. They can be enjoyed raw in desserts, breakfast recipes or cooked in meals, as well dried or roasted to add to your cuisine. You can find sesame seeds hulled (outer shell removed) or unhulled (with their outer shell preserved). Unhulled sesame seeds are less processed than hulled ones, sustaining a higher mineral content and they also have a more earthy flavor to them.
Let’s focus on black sesame seeds today. These tiny seeds have a host of health benefits to back them up. I love them because they help reduce inflammation in the body and speeds up the recovery time from a flare up, but that’s not all. They are a great source of dietary fiber, high in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and zinc. An ounce of whole sesame seeds contain as much calcium as a cup of milk. As for the zinc content, this helps with repairing tissues, the fiber content helps with elimination, the iron is great for those with anemia while the high content of copper in black sesame seeds strengthens joints, bones and blood vessels. Wonderful for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis.
- ½ cup sprouted quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1½ cups oat milk (or your choice of milk)
- 2 cinnamon quills
- 8 slices of asian pears
- ½ cup golden berries
- ½ cup red currants
- 1 tbsp. black sesame seeds
- mint & rose petals for garnish
- Cook quinoa based on instructions on package: ½ cup quinoa / 1 cup water.
- Heat milk of your choice on stovetop with cinnamon quills. Strain milk or remove cinnamon quills.
- Once quinoa is cooked, add it to bowls. Add milk, pears, berries, currants and black sesame seeds.
- Garnish with mint and rose petals.
I hope you’ll love this breakfast recipe as much me and my sister enjoyed it. You can hashtag your creations #gardenheartrecipe on Instagram, would love to see them.