good morning grains……

good morning grains

 

good morning grains

 

good morning grains

 

good morning grains

 

This is our current favorite hot cereal. The kids love it with a bit of maple syrup and almond milk. I love it with a spoonful of coconut butter & honey.

It's simply one bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal mixed with 1 cup quinoa & 1/2 cup amaranth. I store mine in an airtight jar. To make the cereal, bring 3.5 cups water & a half teaspoon of salt to boil. Whisk in 1/2 cup dry grains. Simmer, stirring often, until desired consistency is reached. 20 minutes or so. It is kind of soupy… softer than cream of wheat… but we don't mind. Actually, we really like it this way. You can easily adjust the recipe for your needs. Cool 5-10 minutes before serving to little ones, it's really hot! It makes 3-4 cups or so. I double it for us and we each have a good sized bowl.

We haven't loved straight quinoa for breakfast and amaranth is pricey…. so this blend fits our needs. You can certainly add more quinoa & amaranth if you wish!

We're still living mostly dairy & wheat free here. Eggs made their way back on the menu, which makes baking a lot easier. I wish I could tell you the migraines had left the house… but it isn't so. They might be less frequent. Food sensitivities are such a learn as you go & listen to your body journey. Often there is no such thing as a definitive answer, and it takes time for your body to heal from irritation. So for now we will continue to eat lots of allergy free foods. Beans, veggies, & fruit at the top of the list. My goal is to have a meal sized salad or green smoothie at least 5 days a week. That makes us all feel so very good.

And that is good enough for now….

 

17 thoughts on “good morning grains……

  1. Speaking of amaranth, I find the taste lovely but to gelatinous of a texture. I bet mixing it with other grains would work well. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I quite agree! The mix is lovely & affordable. I think next time I'll add 1.5 cups quinoa and 3/4 cup amaranth. Both of those grains are so good for you! But for taste and frugality…. that will be as much as I add πŸ˜‰

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  3. Yum! I just had a conversation with my sister about re-adding healthier stuff to our busy family meal plans…tired of oatmeal, and love the addition of protein-boosting quinoa! Thanks for sharing. Those hot-cereal mornings are upon us!

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  4. You certainly could do so in a very fine mesh strainer…. amaranth is tiny! I do not rinse ours. I do rinse when I make only quinoa, but this blend has been very tasty without rinsing & we've not noticed any bitter or soapy flavor from the quinoa.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this Stephanie! We just ran out of Mighty Tasty (it is a huge breakfast staple in my allergy friendly kitchen) and I think I might have to try this when I pick some up tomorrow. Chocolate is a huge contributing factor for my migraines 😦 That does not stop me from indulging every now and then though! πŸ˜‰

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  6. We've tried getting rid of coffee, wine, cheese, chocolate, wheat, eggs, dairy (phew!) We haven't found the things just yet. I think a lot of it is listening to your body and eating well. At least this seems to make the migraines come far less often. And chocolate? Oh dear. That is a tough one!

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  7. We see a practitioner…I have tried to use only homeopathy for the last 25 years and used it all through my pregnancies and with both my children. I do self prescribe simple remedies (ie Arnica for bumps and bruises and belladonna for fevers – works super fast on the kids every time) but when it is something more complex we use a homeopathic doctor. My elder son started having severe migraines about a year ago and after a thorough check with the conventional doctor, who just suggested a long list of tablets, we visited the homeopath and within two appointments they almost disappeared completely. He had been having a couple of bad episodes a week…with vomiting etc, now he has them maybe once every 2-3 months and can treat them with simple paracetamol. Its important to find someone you trust and have confidence in and the consultation goes into amazing detail – a bit like therapy! It doesn’t work for everyone but I would really recommend trying and seeing if it can make a difference…
    Hope that helps, let me know if there is anything else I can tell you about it, Happy Monday, Em x

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