I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to shed my winter “buffer”.
With shorts-season upon us and the lovely weather in tow, my nose is being becoming increasingly well-acquainted with the grindstone.
With that said, my body just underwent a physical and emotional massacre at the gym. And, as I sit here contemplating never leaving the couch ever again, my wonderful other half is in the kitchen, whipping up a salad full of secret surprises.
As delish as salads can be, sometimes a warm bowl of something comforting is just the ticket. But what if this comforting dish could also be healthy? Ohhh, it’s possible.
This banana-nut cereal is made up of good-for-you ingredients, but is just tasty enough to fool me into believing that I’m being tricksy.
Adapted from allrecipes
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon quinoa
1 small banana, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Stir the water, milk, and quinoa together in a saucepan; bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, or until the quinoa begins to soften.
2. Stir in half of the banana, the rolled oats, flax, salt, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently over low heat for 2 to 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts, brown sugar, and vanilla. Top with the remaining banana slices.
Don’t be deceived by the small portion. It is built to satisfy and to sustain. This little guy’s the world feather-weight champion.