Pick-Me-Up Porridge

Porridge and Pick-Me-Up? May seem like a major juxtaposition, if you didn't have fond memories of porridge growing up or associate it with sick-people-food.  Or maybe you did because of Pease Porridge Hot .  Nursery rhymes anyone?

It's okay, I also did a double take when I saw porridge listed on a menu at a chic looking cafe (and it was great!).  But it really doesn't have look or taste like the sticky gook.  It's really just a mashup of ingredients that taste really great together with a warm base. Put what you love in it and make it truly heartwarming (body warming #obvs)- it can be savory too! The more visually pleasing, the better!

And the base is not the expected- sorry oats- but rather quinoa.  So you get some plant-based protein to start your day off!  A great way to repurpose leftover quinoa if you cook in bulk and are tired of eating it the same way again and again.

But the best part, or at least one of the best parts, is the base flavor... coffee!  (I'm actually not a coffee addict even though that's been an evergreen ingredient in my chefsperiments --> not-your-basic-biscotti and royal rice cakes).

Here's what I used:
Pick-Me-up Porridge

Directions:

1) Heat up a small cup (4 oz.) of hot water (electric kettles are fast & a healthy method). Mix some coffee into it.
2) Pour over your leftover quinoa (or new!).
3) The rest is just throw it in a bowl.  Well not quite, because I did want this to look nice.  So I drizzled some eucalytpus honey on it, but if you're vegan, you can use coconut sugar, or skip the sweetener, since you'll be adding dates anyway.  Mix in your nut butter, until the mixture looks pretty homogenous.  Add a splash of almond and coconut milk, and stir again.  

Then add in the chopped dates on one side, two dried apricots close by, chopped strawberries, and walnuts.  Sprinkle over some chia seeds, minced ginger, and just a bit of sea salt.  For a finishing touch, place a square of dark chocolate at the center and a thin rectangular piece of ginger.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       And that's all! You can make it as elaborate or non elaborate as you want, but it's definitely more fun the more toppings you're able to scourge.  Hence the artfully lazy ;)

Enjoy, take a pic, and share your chefsperiments below <3                                                                                                                                                                            












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