Porridge is usually on high rotation in the cooler months for me. Its the perfect morning comfort food, easy to prepare & cheap to make. Not to mention the flavour combinations are endless! But having oats for breakfast day in day out can get a bit dull & because variety is the cornerstone of a healthy diet I’ve come up with a few grain-free breakfast ideas to brighten up your winter mornings.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Quinoa is usually lumped into the same category as grains but its actually a seed and is naturally gluten-free. Its a great source of protein, fibre, iron, magnesium and b vitamins so it will help you power through your morning. For a delicious savoury breakfast mix, leftover cooked quinoa with pesto and serve with sauteed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and baby spinach.
This is a great one for celiacs or people who can’t digest oats well but are still die-hard porridge fans. Teff, like quinoa, is actually a seed about the same side as a poppy seed and is native to Ethiopia. Teff is a great source of calcium as well as an abundance of other vitamins and minerals, fibre and protein. To make the porridge cook the teff in almond or coconut milk like you would rice for about 10 minutes. Add some warming spices like cinnamon, ginger or turmeric then top with stewed seasonal fruit like apples.
If you don’t eat egg this is a great brunch option for when you have a little bit more time up your sleeve. Just like eggs tofu is an excellent source of protein but is lower in cholesterol & saturated fats. To make simply crumble firm tofu into a frying pan & fry with coconut oil ground turmeric, paprika & cumin, serve on toast with avocado.
Breakfast Bean Burrito
Did you know eating one serving (20g) of beans each day has been linked to a longer life? Get your daily dose of magic beans in the morning with homemade mexi beans. To make, sautee a can of beans with canned tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, maple syrup for 15 min. Serve in a wrap with greens, avo & capsicum.
Maple Cinnamon & Buckwheat Granola
Granola is a great grab and go option. You can make a batch and store it in the cupboard for an easy breakfast or to take as a snack. To make a satisfyingly crunchy grain-free granola swap the oats for antioxidant-rich buckwheat. Coat the buckwheat with maple syrup and cinnamon and bake for 15 minutes. Add some pecans, walnuts or almonds for extra protein & healthy fats.