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Chef Dawn’s Super Simple Breakfast Quinoa


You’ve heard about the many benefits of ancient grains, with the most popular being Quinoa. This ancient grain is packed full of protein and is a great way to start your day! Check out our recipe:


To begin, you’ll need: 3/4 cup water & 3/4 cup milk 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon 1 cup white quinoa (rinsed) 1 organic apple (diced)


1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon 1 organic apple (diced)


1 cup organic white quinoa


Combine all your ingredients and liquids into a medium pot or slow cooker and put over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. The quinoa will be light and fluffy when cooked. **Note** Be sure to watch the pot because this can boil-over. Serve warm with a light cinnamon dusting. Enjoy!

Also, be sure to check out our video on Quinoa, where Chef Dawn explains its benefits and many uses:

Have You Tried It: Buckwheat

Buckwheat Field

Buckwheat Field

Buckwheat is actually not a wheat or grass but a member of the sorrel family. It originated in Southeast Asia and is primarily grown as a cover crop. (A cover crop is commonly used during “off-season” growing to protect and enhance the soil.) It’s a short-season crop that loves acidic soil and lots of drainage making it perfect for mountainous regions and sandy soils.

Buckwheat is used for its seeds, which look like little pyramids, and is gluten-free so it’s a great food to try if you or someone in your family has wheat allergies.

Buckwheat Groats (Seeds)

Buckwheat Groats (Seeds)

One cup of cooked buckwheat has about 155 calories and about 18% of your daily recommended value of fiber.  It also has 6 grams of protein and is a good source of iron and magnesium.

Probably the most familiar product using buckwheat are buckwheat pancakes, as buckwheat is often milled into flour and used in bakery items.  But, soba noodles, a popular Asian noodle, are made from buckwheat as well.  We’re also seeing buckwheat used in cereals, crackers and granola bars.

Products we found in our local grocery stores using buckwheat.

Products we found in our local grocery stores using buckwheat.

There are lots of ways you can cook with buckwheat.  For example, buckwheat flour can be substituted for about 50% of your all-purpose flour in cookie or muffin recipes. Click here to learn more about baking with buckwheat flour.

Buckweat groats (the seeds) can be heated with some hot water or milk and combined with your favorite fruit or sweetener for a hot cereal in on a cold morning. It’s also great in soups and stews or in salads.

If you’re interested in purchasing bulk quantities (50-pounds or more) of certified organic buckwheat, please contact us via www.HQOrganics.com. To learn more about buckwheat, read these informative articles:

Buckwheat 101 by the Washington Post

Buckwheat flour in backing and cooking by the L.A. Times

Buck-wild for buckwheat by the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Perricone’s No. 5 Superfood: Buckwheat via Oprah.com