Sounds so exotic, doesn’t it? Over the past couple of years, my breakfast habits have changed drastically. The only thing that hasn’t is that I have breakfast habits and love pancakes on the weekends. Before going gluten-free, I would go through cereals. Probably one and a half boxes before I was bored of it. Then, I would ask mom to pick up a different one, grudgingly finishing that last half-box. Sometimes it didn’t even get finished.
Looking back, how much I went through those Cheerios, Mini Wheats, Rice Crispies, Corn Flakes, Life, and so many more, one common thread lies – they all had gluten. Its like I tried them again and again to see if they still irritated my tummy. They always did. I just never realized it.
Occasionally, when I was freezing, or just didn’t feel like cold cereal, I would try some oatmeal. In fact, right near the end of my gluten career, I ate oatmeal every day. For quite some time in fact. The second I was diagnosed, I was back to cereal though. Gluten-free not-quite-as-I-remembered cereals that were good. They just weren’t always great. But I did stick with them. Not just for a couple of weeks, but months and months. My gut was healing and re-discovering the great thing that is food.
When winter came, it was freezing to have ice-cold milk splashing down my throat every morning. So, I went through a few hot cereals, and one day I tried quinoa flakes. They were weird. But they were warm. So, I stuck with them. Before I realized, I absolutely loved them. They’re tender yet have substance. A fantastic mellow flavour that doesn’t harass me, just comforts. When a spoonful of the tinted crystallized brown sugar is sprinkled on top of this microwaved-to-perfection meal, its perfect.
As I said before, I like to change things up. I surely don’t get as bored as fast as I did when boxed cereals started my day, but its always nice to play with things! So, after seeing Lorraine (from the fantastic blog Not Quite Nigella)’s submission to the Haiti Ebook, I decided to try chai-infused quinoa flakes. They are as simple as can be. And, they won’t take very long.
Chai-Infused Quinoa Flakes
An original “recipe” by Lauren of Celiac Teen.
chai tea bag (I used decaf vanilla chai)
1/3 cup quinoa flakes
Brew a cup of chai tea. Let cool (I placed in refrigerator until no longer warm).
Place quinoa flakes in a microwave safe bowl, that is a minimum of 2 cups in capacity. Cover flakes with up to 1 cup of cold chai tea (I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup, not filling it to the brim for the 3 times, but how much you use is a personal choice!). Stir until uniform.
Place bowl in microwave, and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.
Top with desired toppings and enjoy!