Monday, 2 March 2015

A deliciously nutritious protein packed breakfast bowl

Hello again readers... if anyone's still reading? I hope so! My apologies for neglecting you all for so long. I could give you a million reasons for my lengthy absence but really they just boil down to my now 7 month old baby taking up alllll of my time, which I'm actually not unhappy about!

First up, I should explain that my cooking is taking a new turn this year. Sausage (not his real name) is egg, nut and dairy free. All these things are brand new to us so we're learning what on earth I can eat (breastfeeding) and what he'll eventually be able to eat once solids are better established (it's been slow going).

I've been out shopping for interesting ingredients that seem to pop up regularly when I've googled "nut egg dairy free recipes" on beautifully photographed foodie blogs (this is not one of them I'm sorry, my photography sucks... and I'm always too keen to eat what I've just made). So I now have a pantry full of quinoa, chia seeds, brown rice, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dates, coconut milk, rice four... the list goes on.

Tonight I decided to have a go making a protein rich nutritious breakfast/pudding (always a happy interchangeable meal).  This is a yummy mix of brown rice, quinoa, chia, date, cinnamon and a drizzle of coconut cream.

Breakfast bowl

1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup dates (I used dried but soaked them, you can use fresh if you have them)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
Cinnamon to taste
Coconut cream for drizzling

Cook the brown rice and quinoa according to the packet directions
Soak the dates if using dried by covering with boiling water
Chop the dates into bite sized pieces
Combine rice, quinoa, dates and chia seeds in a bowl.
Sprinkle cinnamon over.
Give everything a good mix.

Serve yourself a portion (I'm greedy so went for 3/4 cup) and top with a drizzle of coconut cream and enjoy!