What we put into our body makes a big difference for our health and well being. Eating well usually means paying more for your food. It does not have to always be that way. Breakfast can now be inexpensive, very tasty and very healthy.
If you are used to drinking sodas and eating at McDonald’s, then the following breakfast is not likely to be appealing. We recommend that you make a breakfast fruit smoothie as a starting point to get your taste buds to change towards a healthier life style. However, if you are ready, the following recipe will be sure to satisfy.
I obtained this recipe from the owner of The New Yokel Health Food Store in a city in Mississippi that is not known for having very many health conscious citizens. It has proven to be a great staple for many years and my son uses this recipe as well. It is so simple:
In a measuring cup, pour:
up to 1/4 cup of red lentils (not too much because you do not want too much of a lentil or bean taste and red lentils do not have such a strong flavor) and
3/4 or slightly over cup of red quinoa. We only use organic lentils and quinoa.
optional: about a table spoon of chia seeds (if you use chia seeds, cut back on the red lentils or the quinoa so that you have a full cup of all of the ingredients).
Pour the mixture into two cups of boiling water, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Try not to let it boil over. That’s it! It should feed the whole family (depending on the size of your family of course). If you are cooking only for one, put the unused portion in a container to be used as cold cereal through out the week.
After it simmers for 20 minutes, I eat it hot with some cinnamon sprinkled on top. Sometimes I will add sunflower seeds. I will sometimes put on some extra raw chia seeds. There is enough protein in this breakfast to last all the way to lunch with no need for snacking.
The left over mixture can be placed in the refrigerator. It will keep for a week or longer. During the week, I will take some out and put it into a bowl. Then I will add my favorite nuts, dried fruit, raw chia seeds, fennel seeds and cinnamon to make a delicious breakfast that is very filling. I will then add unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Adding such things increases the cost, but these things do not have to be added. The cold cereal can stand alone with milk or a milk substitute.
Another tasty, quick and inexpensive breakfast idea is to use raw organic oats as the base. There is no need to cook the oats. Add your favorite toppings (e.g., chia seeds, walnuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, cinnamon) and your favorite milk or milk substitute. This is a great breakfast when you do not have much time or you are out of red lentils or red quinoa.
The red lentils and quinoa mixture has ended up as one of my favorite breakfast foods. It is easily prepared and the exact flavor changes depending on what is added. Adding a variety of toppings can feel like you have an extensive variety of breakfast choices. As an additional bonus it is also vegan. We hope you like it.
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