Quinoa-Walnut Breakfast Sundae

Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Breakfast Ideas Quinoa-Walnut Breakfast Sundae

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      Ice cream sundaes are something that I remember more from childhood. Haven’t eaten them much as an adult, but I remember my parents taking me out for special occasions to get a sundae.

      Daddy always got a banana split and said that I had to be 16 to get one, ‘It’s the law,’ he would chuckle! So I was stuck with sundaes.

      However, the types seemed endless: flavor of ice cream and syrups, with or without fruit – still had a cherry on top of the whip cream, with or without nuts – any kind, and of course the types of sprinkles!

      When I had my tonsils removed, the hospital nutritionist showed me a list of foods that I could eat while in the hospital (they didn’t do out-patient in those days;-/).

      I requested a simple vanilla ice cream sundae with chocolate syrup for breakfast, chocolate with caramel for lunch, and the Neapolitan with strawberry syrup for dinner! Uh…she said no! I argued and pouted.

      The nutritionist gave in and said she would deliver the breakfast sundae IF she could select a more rounded lunch and dinner of soft foods…good thing I love creamed spinach! LOL!

      I grew up and with all that we’ve learned about food and nutrition I try to eat well, but I still remember that breakfast sundae… Now I’ve made some tasty smoothies and parfaits, but it’s time for the healthy sundae –

      Quinoa-Walnut Breakfast Sundae

      1/2 cup quinoa – soaked, drained, and patted dry
      1/4 tsp salt
      1 tsp sugar
      3/4 cup walnuts, minced
      1 cup plain Greek yogurt
      Choice of fresh berries or fruit (bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, etc.)
      Dried fruit of choice – diced apple or apricot are good (optional)
      honey (optional)

      1. Dry roast the quinoa in a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat–stirring, for about 8 to 10 min, or until it darkens slightly and gives off a toasty aroma.
      2. Sprinkle with salt and sugar and stir over the heat for another few sec until the sugar melts. Remove from heat, and stir in the walnuts. To assemble the sundaes, spoon 1/4 cup of the yogurt in the bottom of a bowl. Top it with your favorite berries and/or fruit.
      3. Drizzle the honey if using over the fruit. If desired, top with a bit of dried fruit. Finally, top with 1/4 of the quinoa and walnut mixture. Serves 4

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Breakfast Ideas Quinoa-Walnut Breakfast Sundae