Quinoa for breakfast

With a title like that, there’s no point in being mysterious.

I guess I’ll just cut to the chase: Quinoa for breakfast is ah-mah-zing. Here are the details…

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C quinoa
  • 2/3 C water
  • 2 T pure maple syrup

Directions:

  • In a small sauce pan, toast the quinoa over medium-high heat until it begins turning fragrant. Add in water, bring to a simmer and stir frequently for 5-8 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
  • Remove cooked quinoa from heat. Stir in maple syrup. Serve with choice of toppings.

I actually simplified this breakfast even more by cooking the quinoa the night before, cooling it in the refridge’ and mixing it with the maple syrup in the morning. Unlike oats, which would get all clumpy, the quinoa is just as delicious when served cold!

As part of my complete breakfast, I had nonfat vanilla yogurt, banana slices and a dollop of sunflower seed butter.

With the yogurt, sunflower seed butter and quinoa, that’s probably the highest protein breakfast I’ve had in a while!

It’s a good thing the breakfast was so filling, too, because Dan and I barely stopped moving for the rest of the day.

First, we went on a bike ride before the temperatures rose above 100. After showering up, we did a few in-town errands, swung back by home for a boring lunch and then took off for Kansas City to complete some bigger tasks… Such as getting the rings engraved!

We also stopped by The Men’s Warehouse, where the guys are getting their tuxes for the wedding, to compare fabric swatches with the vest colors we already designated. It’s a good thing we made the side-by-side comparison, or else the groomsmen would have shown up with minty vests while the bridesmaids’ dresses are a totally different shade of green.

Crisis averted.

After finishing those errands, Dan and I grabbed a quick dinner at Chipotle.

I went with my usual vegetarian salad, complete with rice, black beans, sautéed peppers, corn salsa, tomato salsa, cheese and guacamole.

Coincidentally, earlier in the day, Dan and I ran into one of his friends in Lawrence. But, to fully appreciate this, I’m going to have to break this down a bit more:

  • Dan’s friend is from Wichita, which is three hours from Lawrence.
  • Spur of the moment, he decided to come up from Wichita to go to First Friday’s in Kansas City, which is one hour from Lawrence.
  • He just stopped in Lawrence for a couple of hours. During that time, he happened to be at Radio Shack, which is right next to where Dan was getting his hair cut.
  • Dan and I happened to recognize his jeep, go into the Radio Shack and see him. Then, he told us he was going to Kansas City. We were also going to Kansas City. We decided to meet up there later.

I’m not sure that does fully justice to just how coincidental it was to run into Dan’s friend. It was one of those weird, weird moments.

It also worked out to our benefit, because Dan and I were able to fill in our plans for the rest of the night! After eating dinner, we headed over to the downtown area for First Friday’s festivities, which is basically a gathering of artsy, hula-hooping people. (Or something like that.)

Dan and I walked around for a while, checking out the artwork and doing some serious people watching.

Eventually, we met back up with Dan’s friend, but it was getting kind of late by then, so Dan and I cut out early to head back to Lawrence. We needed our rest, because today we are driving up to Nebraska for a long holiday weekend.

I love the Fourth of July!

Questions: Does your town host different art shows? What are your holiday plans?

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