Small boy eating a bowl of oatmeal

Dad Life! Breakfast Machen: Quinoa Oats

Curt here. I’m the guest blogger who gets to talk about DAD LIFE.

I believe kids should have better nutrition than milk and cereal in the morning. So, I dedicate the first hour of my day to making breakfast for the family. Now, I say that I dedicate the first hour of my day, but I have perfected a few recipes that are easy and require little involvement.  I can get ready for work while breakfast cooks. I also make them in bulk so I have extras and don’t have to cook the rest of the week.

This was the first recipe that proved to me that I could feed my kids a nutritional breakfast every morning and still make it to work on time. It’s an easy meal that any dad can master. It makes a lot and keeps forever – almost nothing in it spoils fast.

Make it before you head to work or the night before – it makes plenty of leftovers for the kids all week. Better than cereal, but still something they’ll enjoy!

A small boy with the ingredients for making quinoa oatmeal

Quinoa Oats

Prep: 2 min           Cook: 45 min

Half gallon (64 oz.) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups old fashioned oats

2/3 cup quinoa

2-3 tablespoons chia seeds

2/3 cup raisins

2/3 cup dried cranberries

  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until all the milk has been absorbed (about 45 minutes).

Nutrition Facts: Better than cereal

BOOM! Hearty breakfast. Click here for a printable.

Tips to this breakfast:

Cooking slowly on a medium-low heat setting take about 45 minutes but keeps the milk sweet-tasting. More heat doesn’t necessarily mean faster cooking, oats and quinoa can only absorb liquid so fast. If you cook with too much heat, or if you let it boil it may taste charred. It’s not a big deal if you char it, just add honey or syrup to sweeten the pot.

Another option is removing the pot from the burner around 30 minutes to prevent charring. Those last 15 minutes is when it starts to thicken up and the heat starts to get trapped underneath the gruel. When that happens, it can get charred. If you don’t want to stir the pot during those last fifteen minutes, just remove from the heat and cover for the last fifteen minutes to allow the liquid to absorb.

Other grains can be substituted for quinoa. Use the same quantity of millet or bulgur, or try another grain you enjoy

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