I really want to love breakfast porridges. I really do. I love oats in things. I like brown rice and millet and quinoa. I drool over all the interwebs boastful, beautiful, breakfast bowls (holy unintentional alliteration, batman) with ripe fruits, cinnamon, and delicious splashes of cream or soy milk. I have tested a multitude of versions…all with the same result.
Here is how eating a bowl of <insert name of desired breakfast porridge here> usually goes for me.
- 1st bite – oh, this is good! a little sweet. warming. why hello you plump blueberry I am going to really enjoy you with that crunchy walnut over there.
- 4th bite – this is pretty good. I do love cinnamon. I’ll mix everything together to make sure I have all the flavors in every bite.
- 7th bite – geez, I feel like I have eaten at least half of this by now, but there is still so much left. hm, it really seems pasty and bland. Where did you go blueberries. Did the porridge drain you of all your beautiful tasty life force?
- 10th bite – oh, shit. I am tired of chewing this. How is the possibly still more to go. Is this the never ending bowl of cinnamon glue (or soup depending on how the version was made.)
- 12th bite – ok, I can do this. I like this. Just 2 more bites.
- 14th bite – Fuck you, porridge. I quit. I will not eat that last bite just to spite you.
Ok, so I don’t need this kind of relationship with my breakfast bowl. No one needs added negativity in the mornings! I have resolved to stop making myself try to like warm sweetened grains for breakfast. Baked into a bar form is fine. Cold and sweet rice pudding is ok. Müsli, I love you with yogurt or milk. But a steaming bowl of steel cut oats topped with fresh blueberries, cinnamon, and a dollop of tangy greek yogurt just isn’t on my menu anymore.
You look beautiful but I am going to enjoy your savory companion over here, Savory breakfast bowl. Still warm, still healthful and filling. AND, AND I actually love it. No fake/want to love it but secretly hate it/maybe I can convince myself I do love it feelings.
I made this up one morning when we had some random green things lying around half used: cilantro, arugula, green onions. I gave those things a rough chop and sauteed them in a healthy amount of good olive oil. Then I dumped in about 1/4 of a box of frozen spinach and mixed in some cooked quinoa from dinner the night before. Salted and peppered. Then enjoyed.
This is my breakfast porridge.
(obviously this would make a great side dish too)
(all measures are approximations)
2.5 cups cooked quinoa
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup arugula
3/4 cup cilantro
3/4 cup diced zucchini
2 tbs olive oil
200g frozen spinach
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Roughly chop arugula and cilantro. Heat olive oil and sauté onions and zucchini for about 5 minutes. Stir in arugula, cilantro, salt, pepper and frozen spinach. Cook until spinach has fully thawed and any water released by the frozen spinach has cooked off. Mix in cooked quinoa and heat through.