Vegan Strawberry Mint Quinoa 2

My love of oatmeal for breakfast started at a young age.  With one that had dinosaur eggs that melted into mini dinosaurs, and one with packets of fruit jam that I got to swirl in all by myself, what wasn’t to love?

When I made this quinoa, I didn’t even realize I was pretty much making a grown up version of the oatmeal with the jam swirl-in packet.  But one bite took me right back to those days of side ponytails and stirrup leggings (which I made my mom cut off because I didn’t like the stirrup part).

Vegan Strawberry Mint Quinoa 3

This version gets a little sophistication, but I think it’s just as comforting.  I would also totally eat this for lunch.  I tend to have a sweet tooth, and if I eat sweeter healthy foods throughout the day

Health highlight of strawberries: Strawberries are powerhouses for nutrition.  They contain high levels of antioxidants, contain more vitamin c than oranges, and a variety of phytonutrients.  Strawberries are a good source of potassium, which helps to aid in keeping blood pressure at healthy levels.  They have even been shown to help regulate blood sugar.  Strawberries are also anti-inflammatory, and could help keep your brain healthy and even prevent cancer!!

Vegan Strawberry Mint Quinoa 1

Strawberry Mint Quinoa (vegan)
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dry Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2½ cups (10 oz) Strawberries (fresh or frozen is great) [remove the green tops]
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (adjust up or down to your taste, sub for maple syrup if you don’t eat honey)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Mint [chopped]
Instructions
  1. In a small pot bring the quinoa and water to a boil
  2. Reduce the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and set the timer for 20 minutes
  3. In a separate small pot, add the strawberries and vinegar
  4. Cook on low, stirring occasionally (if you need to walk away add a splash of water to the pot to prevent it from burning on the bottom)
  5. When the strawberries are soft and thick, add the honey and give it a good stir
  6. When the quinoa is cooked stir in the strawberry sauce and add the mint
  7. Serve warm or refrigerate and enjoy chilled later!

 

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