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golden raisin quinoa pudding

The day before I gave birth to LK, Mr. Weekly Bite went on a mass grocery shopping trip. He did the same thing just before I had M. He comes home with all sorts of food. Vacuum packed tuna, canned chicken, boxes of mac-n-cheese, frozen burritos, canned vegetables, etc… He’s shops like we are being held in some sort of underground shelter. His heart is in the right place, but I’m just baffled at the items he comes home with.

This time around was no different. He came home with all the basics plus more… including prepackaged, pre-made, jello. Not just any jello. It was fruit flavored gelatin that is stored at room temperature.

It’s been ages since I had jello… but doesn’t it have to be refrigerated?!

M did have a couple of those jello cups, and like every kid… she loved them.

This raisin quinoa pudding is my way of making up for those jello cups. I served it for breakfast the other day and kept my fingers crossed that she would like it.

Low and behold, my little adventurous eater devoured it! This is fast becoming one of her favorite breakfast meals.

This tastes great both warm and cold.

Golden Raisin Quinoa Pudding

  • 3 cups skim or 2% milk (sub with almond, or coconut milk)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or whatever sugar you have on hand)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup gold raisins

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse with cold water for a few seconds. Combine the milk, water, sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the quinoa and stir. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes to avoid sticking. Remove from heat and stir in raisins. Let cool to room temperature or in the fridge.

10 Responses

  1. Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration said on August 24, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Don’t you love sending men to the grocery store? It’s like they think it’s some kind of foreign world or something.

  2. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday said on August 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

    YUM! This sounds so good. I love rice pudding and I’m sure I would love this too.

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on August 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    that looks so good! I have a rice pudding and golden raisin recipe on my site…i need to try it with quinoa one of these times!

  4. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on August 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    If I sent my husband to the grocery store he’d come home with Hamburger Helper and Ramon Noodles. Not joking. He doesn’t go to the grocery store. 🙂

    We love quinoa for breakfast! I love the addition of golden raisins!

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I LOVE quinoa…sweet savory you name it, I love it! This looks amazing!

    Tony does the same thing with shopping. The man shops like he’s getting ready for the zombie apocalypse.

  6. sarah@spinach and spice said on August 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I love pudding of every kind. The fact that this is healthy makes it 92874923x better too 😀

  7. Nicole, RD said on August 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I posted a quinoa breakfast recipe today, too! I can’t wait to try this one – and since it’s M-approved…all the more!

  8. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on August 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    That looks really yummy! I love golden raisin’s but our Whole Foods never seems to have them.

  9. Vanessa said on August 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I wonder if I could get hubby to try this. I have been wanting to try quinoa for a while now, but I am terribly afraid I’ll mess it up!

  10. elyse said on August 26, 2011 at 6:24 am

    too funny T’s shopping trip is EXACTLY what i did before work today- embarassed to admit it, but bought extra lanterns last night, and ran to the ghetto giant this a.m. for a hurricane food supply! vacuum packed chicken did not make it on my list, but just about everything else you mentioned did! ha! room-temperature safe fruits, veggies, cans of everything you can think of. i’m sure you can only imagine the reaction this is going to get from my loving husband. ha!