Roasted Strawberry Quinoa Parfait – Weblog

I by no means thoughts sharing that once I was little, my siblings and I didn’t get an entire lot of treats. We ate extraordinarily effectively, and my of us have been on a good price range, that means that whereas we thrived, there have been positively costlier “wholesome meals” we simply didn’t get to take pleasure in an entire lot: like grapes & kiwis & contemporary berries.

I’ll always remember a latest day I used to be bantering with a detailed co-worker (and considered one of my greatest pals) about meals we each ate as children. Seeing that we each share being raised in houses with restricted funds & an much more restricted entry to luxuries, we have been buying and selling tales about what we had and didn’t have as children rising up…….and I shared how my mother needed to police how we ate the particular fruits we did get to maintain it honest. She’d put aside the kiwis she’d purchased with us in thoughts and remind us that we every obtained a half of 1 (all of us liked kiwis), and to be respectful of the others share. I assume 4 hungry children in the home will make that essential, and me and my 3 different grown siblings are all a dwelling testomony that these measures made us take pleasure in and admire what we did have an entire lot. God, I really like my Mother for that – for all the time pondering of us and the smallest methods she may make us completely happy.

Right now I take nice pleasure in having fun with berries and contemporary fruits in season, and treating my household to the wholesome abundance that surrounds us is a large precedence, significantly at the moment of yr. I’m grateful to reside close by so many sources of fine native meals, and much more grateful to have the ability to afford most of it, inside cause (in fact). That being stated, I strive my darnedest to by no means let a day cross the place I don’t embody gratitude for this really fortunate place that I discover myself in.

This recipe took place after a go to to the fridge that discovered a contemporary field of native strawberries wanting unhappy from unintentional neglect. I’d purchased them a day or two earlier than as I suspected the native ones could be completed any day (I used to be proper). They have been not fairly sufficient to eat as they have been, they usually wanted for use directly as there was simply no manner they might be going to waste. I’ve been loving parfaits this summer time and had needed to seek out one thing ‘excellent’ to share. Enter this pretty little breakfast deal with to start out one other wholesome day!

Roasting strawberries is a brilliant simple technique to focus the flavours & enhance the sweetness, in addition to fully change the feel to one thing luxurious. In the event you’ve by no means accomplished it earlier than, I extremely counsel it, and it’s really a unbelievable methodology for ‘saving’ contemporary berries which might be on the sting. This recipe additionally makes use of quinoa within the layers (as a substitute of the granola I’ve been utilizing all summer time), which to me tastes simply nearly as good in a candy breakfast deal with because it does in a spicy salad. I’ve gone a while with out posting a quinoa recipe (heaps extra on the recipe web page!), and it was excessive time, significantly for an additional breakfast – my different two quinoa breakfasts may be discovered right here and right here.

The true magnificence right here is the quinoa and strawberries are accomplished at roughly the identical time, and these lovely, fancy-schmancy little numbers may be yours in simply over half-hour or so…simply sufficient time to take pleasure in a couple of cups of espresso or tea.

On one other be aware, It’s been a relatively busy time right here of late, and I’ve discovered myself breathless (and a bit of burdened however I’m on the mend) after a whirlwind few weeks. For sure, I’ve missed running a blog terribly, and with back-to-school-and-routine life settling in, it feels good to be again. Hope you’ve all had a beautiful finish of the summer time and a easy transition into the month 🙂

Roasted Strawberry Quinoa Parfait:

Makes sufficient for roughly 2

(1) pound contemporary strawberries
(2) tbsp sugar
(1/2) cup quinoa, raw
Slightly below (1) cup chilly water

For every parfait serving:

(1/2) cup thick plain yoghurt, divided into two layers (I take advantage of high-fat Mediterranean yoghurt)
(2-3) tbsp floor seeds or nuts (a mixture of favourites corresponding to hemp hearts, almonds, chia & flax)
(1/3) cup cooked quinoa
(1) tbsp maple syrup
(1/3-1/2) cup roasted strawberries

To roast the strawberries, begin by heating the oven to 375 levels. Line a flat baking tray with parchment paper, or in a pinch, merely oil the pan evenly to arrange it. Wash, stem, and half the strawberries and place straight onto the baking tray. Sprinkle the berries with the sugar as evenly as doable, protecting all of the berries, and place within the oven as soon as the temperature is reached. Cook dinner for roughly 20-25 minutes or so, till the berries are aromatic and simply turning gentle. Take away from the oven and permit to chill earlier than utilizing.

To cook dinner the quinoa, merely mix the dry quinoa and the water in a saucepan and convey to a boil with the lid on. As soon as boiling, flip the warmth to low (conserving the lid on) and cook dinner, coated, for 20 minutes. As soon as prepared, take away the lid and fluff gently with a fork to let the steam escape a bit of. You should have simply over a cup or so of cooked quinoa, so in case you are making greater than two servings of parfait, I counsel cooking twice this quantity to have readily available.

You might be able to assemble the parfait when the strawberries have cooled sufficient to the touch, this must be a couple of minutes. To expedite this, you’ll be able to take away the berries to a separate bowl to chill.

To arrange every parfait, scoop out (1/3) cup quinoa from the pot unto a small mixing bowl. Add the maple syrup and stir, it is going to be fairly candy, that is okay in case you are utilizing plain yoghurt (if utilizing vanilla yoghurt you’ll be able to scale back the syrup or omit it totally).

Collect a parfait or dessert glass, about 5-6 ounces in capability (a glass will just do effective too). Utilizing a spoon, begin by layering (1/4) cup of yoghurt on the underside, adopted by 2-3 tbsp of no matter floor nuts or seeds you’ve gotten readily available (I used hemp hearts, floor flax, & floor almonds). Comply with this with the sweetened (1/3) cup of quinoa, adopted by one other (1/4) cup of yoghurt. Prime the layers with as many strawberries as can match earlier than they are going to topple over (roughly 1/2 cup) and serve straight away.

Leftover quinoa may be tucked away for future breakfast parfait experiments or saved as a topping on your subsequent inexperienced salad. There are such a lot of inventive methods to pack a bit of further punch that I all the time discover it’s good to have it readily available.

Leftover roasted strawberries will seemingly discover their manner into somebody’s mouth, but when they don’t, it isn’t seemingly they are going to hold very lengthy. You’ll be able to all the time pop them within the freezer so as to add to a smoothie later too!

Roasted Strawberry & Quinoa Parfait