By Rita~ on February 23, 2010
Photo by Kathy at Food.com
Photo by Kathy at Food.com
"Oatmeal contains a balanced soluble and insoluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. Walnuts can significantly reduce blood cholesterol, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy and elastic. Cinnamon and honey together reduces the cholesterol in the arteries, lowering LDL cholesterol; helps heart health! A key nutrient in raisins and bananas is potassium which may help reduce the risk of stroke, lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart arrhythmias. Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health. Take note: Commercial cultivation of quinoa removes much of the soapy saponins that coats the seeds, I would still thoroughly wash the seeds to remove any remaining saponin residue. Place the quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer, gently rubbing the seeds together with your hands while water runs over the seeds. Quinoa a very good source of magnesium, the mineral that relaxes blood vessels. Since low dietary levels of magnesium are associated with increased rates of hypertension, ischemic heart disease and heart arrhythmias, this ancient grain can offer yet another way to provide cardiovascular health. Leftovers can be cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For results this type of breakfast should be eaten 6 times a week."
Serving Size: 1 (214 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Yum, this is great! I used a Gala apple and the dried cranberry option, and topped with some delicious local honey from the farmer's market. We really enjoyed the blend of oats and quinoa. Thanks for sharing! Veggie Swap 51"
"Most of my family are quinoa lovers. We have a few vegetarians, so we eat it often. That being said-we loved this. I made it with a 12 grain rolled cereal mix, Gala apples and a combination of raisins and dried cranberries-I didn't have enough cranberries. I made a triple batch with our brunch, hoping to have some left over for the rest of the week. If I'm lucky, it'll last till tomorrow morning, lol. Too good and good for you. I had no problems with the amount of liquid BTW."
"I made this as described, doubling the recipe. I think it needed more liquid because within 15 minutes all my liquid was absorbed and the cereal started sticking to the pan. Figuring it was ready, I took it off the stove, but it was still a little crunchy. I like the idea of this breakfast since it is so healthy, but it is something to get used to. My kids are not used to quinoa and the nuttiness threw them off at first. They came back after an hour and ate it, but you could tell at first they were hesitant. I will try this again with more liquid to see if I can get the texture creamier."
"I love steel cut oats, so very good for the hearts of the ones I love so dearly. Unfortunately my little clan doesn't like quinoa. I usually substitute it for half the rice in a recipe and they do complain although they eat it anyways. But this was a winner. I will say that I've been experimenting with creamy steel cut oats ever since I saw Alton on the Food Network. I've always made per directions on package and they come out dry needing much more milk and sugar and whatnot. So because I've been experimenting with creamy oats I just incorporated the ingredients of this recipe into what I've been doing. I upped the water to 2.5 c and added one 12 oz. can of evaporated milk. Simmer it all covered for about 35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes and we are good to go! My family heartily ingested without even noticing the "offending" quinoa-SUCCESS!!! Thanks so much, Rita."
"What a fabulous recipe to elevate my morning oatmeal to a new level. I love the nutty flavor of the quinoa. I never would have thought to add quinoa to oatmeal, and I like it! Just the right amount of cinnamon and fruit. I was happy to see no extra brown sugar in the recipe -- it's not needed. I used steel-cut oats, but this recipe would work equally as well with old-fashioned oats."
"I found this recipe the day after I found out my cholesterol levels were high. I have been working hard to bring those numbers down and to lose weight. This recipe is now a staple of my heart healthy lifestyle. Turns out my sons love it also so I double or triple the recipe. I make it as is ~ and enjoy each bite !"
"This is healthy and good. I used old fashioned oats as that is what I had. I will try to buy steal-cut oats for this and try this again. I did find sticking occurred like another reviewer I believe we are not meant to cover the pan? I used a gala apple like another reviewer. I used dark raisins and I didn't relies I was supposed to toast the walnuts which I can imagine would be tastier so next time I will do so in a dry pan. I used spring water, and served this with local unpasturised (raw) honey and would like to try this along with banana slices the next time. Made for Veggie Swap 23."
"If you like quonoa as much as we do, I urge you to try this. It is about as good as it gets for breakfast. And healthy--I made it w/dried cranberries and Gala apples. Full of flavor, and hard to believe--it is good for you! Rita, you have made a family happy!"