Get your morning started with these tasty Roasted Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowls. Sweet juicy berries with protein packed quinoa to keep you full and satisfied till lunch.
Are you a breakfast person? Considering this is the most important meal of the day, I will be the first to admit this is the meal I most often skip. Go without coffee? NEVER.
Why do I skip breakfast? Probably because I am not a morning person. I need at least 2 cups of coffee before my brain decides to kick in. When I eat, I like to be “awake” to enjoy the experience. That is why I need this sort of breakfast to get my taste buds in high gear.
Brunch, on the other hand is in a league all its own. We love making and eating big brunches on the weekend. With grilling season here, hubby is out there cooking up bacon and eggs on the barbie (when it’s not raining of course) all summer long.
As for the mornings, it seems the cats are always eager for breakfast. In fact, they like to let me know that long before my alarm goes off. Even on the weekends, their tummies seem to have “early morning” on repeat.
WHAT IS YOUR GO TO BREAKFAST?
What is your favourite thing to eat in the morning? Are you a toast and coffee person? Perhaps a fresh muffin is more your thing? How about oatmeal, or smoothies?
If I had to pick one of the above, I would choose oatmeal. Whether baked in a breakfast casserole or used in overnight oatmeal recipes like Chocolate Almond Oatmeal, you will always find a nice supply of oats in my cupboard.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BERRY?
This question might be a little more difficult to answer. All berries are totally delicious, and we enjoy eating a variety of them in our house. For me blueberries will always top the list. From muffins to pie, and all the other ways I can fit them in, I never tire of eating these beautiful purple/blue berries. The fact that they are so healthy too really puts them on my “top foods” list.
Lately, I was reading so many wonderful posts on “roasting” fruit. For whatever reason, I never thought of doing this. Maybe that needs 4 cups of coffee? How did I not think of this, since it makes perfect sense? After all, I grill fruit, why not roast it?
ADDING SOME VARIETY TO THE MORNING ROUTINE
I had lots of fresh berries in the fridge, it was time to give this roasted blueberries thing a try. Doesn’t get much easier than washing the berries, add some sugar (I used cinnamon flavoured sugar), and roast for a few minutes. Genius, who ever thought this up really knew what they were doing.
Since I was already experimenting with this roasted blueberry recipe, I thought I would switch out oatmeal for quinoa. That great nutty taste is fantastic, and I love the texture too. To keep you powered up till lunch, the health benefits of quinoa have you covered for sure.
Cook quinoa according to package directions. I used 1/2 milk and 1/2 water and added some chai seasoning too, remember I need to get my taste buds fired up in the morning.
Speaking of quinoa, these Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are perfect for dinner.
Well, hubby loved this so much (and so did I). These juicy berries that pop in your mouth, paired with the nutty chai flavoured quinoa, was a nice change of pace for a weekday breakfast.
Roasted Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowls will be happening lots, and lots, and LOTS!! A nutritious and healthy start to your day!
Roasted Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
For the Roasted Blueberries
- 2 pounds fresh blueberries
- 1 tbsp sugar (I used cinnamon flavoured sugar)
For the Quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked Quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups milk ( I used full fat milk)
- 1 1/2 tsp chai seasoning (optional)
For the Roasted Blueberries
Wash and clean blueberries (removing any stems) and let dry slightly on a kitchen towel.
Heat the oven to 400º F.
Place clean berries in a heat proof baking dish.
Add the sugar, and give them a stir.
Bake in oven for about 12 minutes, stirring several times.
Berries are done when the berries are just about ready to burst open.
For the Quinoa
Cook according to package directions.
I used 1/2 milk and 1/2 water, and added some chai seasoning (optional).
Place quinoa in serving bowls, and top with berries.
We found the berries to be sweet enough, but if you need more sweetness in your breakfast bowl, add some maple syrup or honey.