Last week, I shared my “recipe” for healthy chicken nuggets, not really thinking it would garner any attention since it is so brutally simple. Much to my surprise, I have actually received quite a bit of positive feedback from people saying they tried it and liked it. I guess there are a lot of people out there like me that want to eat healthy but hate cooking and want to make things that do not take a lot of time to prep or to cook. My criteria for a good recipe are as follows:
– It’s healthy
-It tastes (reasonably) good
-It takes under 10 minutes to make
-It takes NO time to prep. The one thing I hate more than cooking is preparing to cook.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share my breakfast recipe. I eat this just about every morning (yes, I’m a creature of habit) unless I’m on the road. I do not normally measure things out, but I did for the purposes of this post so you can replicate it yourself.
Ingredients: Quinoa Flakes (oatmeal works too), Chocolate Protein Powder, Cinnamon, Sea Salt (optional), Water.
Step 1. Put ½ half cup Quinoa Flakes in a bowl with 2 cups of water. Oatmeal works fine as well.
Step 3. Mix in 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder, a couple dashes on cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt. If you are watching your sodium intake, you can nix the salt.
A few quick words about this wonderfully simple recipe. First, I think it tastes great. If you don’t like chocolate, you could probably substitute a different flavor of protein powder and be fine, but I don’t want to vouch for it because I’ve only tried chocolate. Second, oatmeal works just as well. I used to use oatmeal until a friend of mine suggested I try the Quinoa Flakes. I liked the taste better and have never looked back (except when I’m out of Quinoa Flakes). Quinoa is great too because it is gluten-free and contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. Double cool. Speaking of cool, I usually let this cool after mixing all the ingredients together, and I suggest you do the same because otherwise it’s smoking hot. I’m impatient so I pop the bowl in the freezer for about 2 minutes and that does the trick.
I also eat fruit with it. My preference is blueberries, in which case I mix a cup of them right into the bowl. That tastes AWESOME. This time of year though, when blueberries cost an arm and a leg, I usually just eat a few apples with it. In that case, I eat the apples separate.
Give it a try and let me know how you like it. I may have to share a few more of my recipes (I only have a few more, so that’d be all of them) in the coming weeks if there is an interest. Maybe I’ll call it Idiots Kitchen or Cooking for Dummies.
Have a good weekend. Be sure to check out yesterday’s For Your Viewing Pleasure post as well with over 50 awesome training videos from the last week.