Quinoa porridge with pomegranate and macadamia milk

Quinoa porridge with pomegranate and macadamia milk

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

I love the juxtaposition of hot and cold, so I serve this quinoa porridge steaming hot with cold milk. It’s best to make the macadamia milk the night before and keep it chilled in the refrigerator so you can pour it over cold. But you can also stir the milk through in the porridge pan, making a creamier, milkier porridge. If the pomegranate is sour, I suggest you add a little pomegrante molasses instead of brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. But any of these would taste delicious.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
300g quinoa
1 pomegranate
1 quantity macadamia nut milk
brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, for sprinkling

Method

  1. Soak the quinoa in cold water overnight. The next day, rinse it well until the water runs clean.
  2. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 750 ml (3 cups) water and a pinch of salt. Over medium–low heat, slowly bring the mixture to the boil, skimming the quinoa regularly until no more scum rises to the surface. Once it starts to boil, stir it occasionally to prevent it from catching on the bottom of the pan. As it gets thicker, stir constantly until the mixture has the texture of porridge.
  3. To remove the pomegranate seeds, score the skin of the fruit into quarters, making sure not to cut into the flesh. Twist the pomegranate and the quarters will break off in your hand, maintaining the pearl structure inside – rather than a knife cutting through the precious pearls. Do this over a bowl to catch any juice. With a latex glove on, flick the jewels out of the pith of the pomegranate into the bowl with the juice (the pith is very bitter). Serve the hot quinoa with the cold macadamia milk and sprinkle with brown sugar. Scatter with pomegranate seeds and pour over any remaining juice.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Quinoa is a particularly rich source of dietary fibre. Fibre binds to toxins, aiding in their excretion from the gut and helping protect from colon cancer. It also contains B complex vitamins (to help the body convert food into energy), as well as essential fatty acids. These help in the formation of cells, help with thyroid and adrenal gland activity, maintain healthy blood pressure, help with the breakdown of cholesterol, as well as with blood clotting and maintaining healthy hair and skin. Quinoa is also an excellent source of vitamins A and E, and minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Copper and iron are required for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is known as the ‘relaxation’ mineral, as it has a positive effect on depression, insomnia and headaches.
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