Quick + Easy Hot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe


I made something cool this morning…


Berry Breakfast quinoa! Nomalicious and so nutritious, too! Not to mention this is vegan and gluten-free!


I was excited about both trying my quinoa in a sweet dish and trying my new Tempt vanilla hemp milk that I got on my massive grocery shopping trip last Sunday . I’ve heard such good things about hemp milk but have hesitated to try it because it sounds weird and it’s expensive.


Whenever I try something new, I like to make sure to taste it solo so I can really taste the flavor of the ingredient. I poured a mini cup of the hemp milk this morning while I was making breakfast so I could sample this new (to me) non-dairy milk. Turns out it’s not weird at all! If you like other non-dairy milks, you’ll probably like hemp milk.


All you need to make Breakfast Quinoa is cooked quinoa. While quinoa is generally considered quick and easy, 20 minutes to cook quinoa is not “quick” for me in the morning. That’s why I reserved some cooked quinoa from my food prep last night. Makes life easy. :)


I like to mixin fruits to my breakfast cereals whenever possible. Tonight I used mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries) leftover from those yummy mini vegan/GF tarts I made on Sunday. Breakfast is such a good way to use up leftovers, no?!


Cook quinoa in a water and milk mixture. Add berries. Add sweetener. Easy-peesy!





Mixed berry breakfast quinoa – yum! Perfect with hot Fresh Market Spring Blend coffee.


As it turns out, quinoa is not nearly as sweet as rolled oats, so even though I used vanilla milk (already sweet) and even though I normally try to get my sweeteners from fruit instead of adding sugar, etc., I did need to add extra sweetener to todays breakfast. I made the cereal without any added sweeteners, but ended up stirring some organic cane sugar in after sampling the first couple bites.

I still prefer my oatmeal since oats seem to be creamier and have a nice chewy texture, but for the powerhouse of nutrition that is quinoa, this is worth adding to the rotation now and again.

Quick + Easy Hot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Makes 2 small servings or 1 large


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup sweetened vanilla hemp milk (you can sub other milks, but if it’s not sweetened, you may need to add extra sweetener to taste)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries, rinsed
  • 2-4 strawberries, rinsed, tops cut off, sliced
  • ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal


  1. Combine quinoa and milk in a small pot over medium low heat. Simmer till thickened up to your liking. Try to not let the mixture boil, at least not much.
  2. Add berries to pot and cook to heat through (you can add them earlier, but I prefer to add them closer to the end of cooking).
  3. Serve in a bowl and top with ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal.

NOTE: You can get creative with your mixins and sub almost anything for the fruit – dates, bananas, apples, etc. Add nuts and seeds as you like…just like you’d do with oatmeal!

Have you tried quinoa for breakfast? What did you think?

Girls Mid-Week Dinner Out


Happy Humpday!

This week has been blowing by, which I’m pretty excited about because it means that warm weather is almost here. :) I can’t wait to start wearing some of my warm weather clothes! The skirts, the flip flops, the shorts, the bathing suits! I’ve been enjoying the occasional warm day here and there, but I’m ready for warm weather all the time. Who’s with me?


Breakfast in my beautiful Anthropologie bowl!


Fresh Market Spring Blend…yum yum!




Date and almond oatmeal with flaxseed meal and chia seeds. Yum!


I prepped lunch this morning while my oatmeal cooked away on the stove


Seedy AB+J (Almond Butter + Jelly) Sammie

It’s sort of like Power Toast in sandwich form, with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Also Barney Butter and Earthfare Organic pomegranate jelly.


Toasted Seedy AB+J Sandwich with semi-steamed organic broccoli.


I prepped the organic broccoli last night (rinsed and chopped) and then added about 1 tbsp water to the container and microwaved for about 1.5 minutes. I like my broccoli both raw and steamed and this was somewhere in between.


I just added a little salt to the broccoli.


I toasted my sandwich…


…and cut it into a triangle b/c they’re more fun to eat that way.


Yerba Mate tea #1 (a bit of cream and sugar)


Yerba Mate tea #2 (sugar)



Next up, we headed out for a bloggie get-together at Cafe Central.


Kath, Michelle, Kelsey, Lauren, and Kate (not pictured yet) met up for a ladies mid-week dinner.





Kath sampled 2 wines and and I went with her choice – Pure Chardonnay.






Michelle took my picture – thanks hun!


Some people at the table ordered the sweet potato springs rolls – the same kind Kelsey and I shared last time I was here (click).


For my eats, I went with a side salad with white balsamic vinaigrette…


Plus a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I can’t wait till Lent is over because this place has some amazing looking burgers!




Two cheeses! I loved the combo of cheeses, but no bread compares to Great Harvest!!


Group shot!

So great seeing friends mid-week! It’s like a lil boost to get you through the work-week.

I’m hoping to WFH tomorrow but I’m supposed to be getting an email upgrade tonight, so I hope it works! Eek! Wish me luck or I’ll be going to the office after all! lol

Project Hydrate Day #17

I did ok today. I really think about 5 cups of water and 2 cups of hot tea are about all I’m good for during the work day. I forgot to do my morning cup of water, so I’m one cup less than yesterday. Doh!


  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups hot tea
  • 1 glass wine (ok this doesn’t count…whatever!)

How are you doing with Project Hydrate?


The discussion board on my Facebook page is really getting good – check it out and voice in on the conversation.

I’ve started a FAQ page. It’s actually been up for a couple days, but you may not have noticed it. I’m collecting my most popular questions and have more to add, but until then – feel free to ask some more on my Formspring page.

Be sure to check out my Recipe page, too!

Reader Question: Do you see your friends mid-week or only on the weekends?

Tuesday Goodies


I woke up to a nice surprise…


…hubby prepped the coffee maker last night so instead of waking up and having to brew coffee, it was waiting for me! How nice?




i whipped up some chocolate-date oatmeal (the dates were my only sweetener) with ground flaxseed meal and sliced almonds.

Lunch was pretty basic – leftovers from Sunday’s Prep Day soup, plus a freshly cracked box of Kashi crackers and some almonds later.


A surprise from hubby was the highlight of my workday – a Great Harvest mini cinnamon roll. Yum! I always love seeing hubby in the middle of the day…and a sweet treat isn’t bad either.



I came home to find hubby had purchased a new goodie – a new vacuum cleaner! We had a mini one we thought would be enough (since we don’t have any carpet, just rugs), but turns out we need a full size one.


Hubby also picked up some Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread.


While I was home, we even got a package…


My TofuXpress Tofu Press!! I won this from @Nasoya on Twitter. Thank you Nasoya!!


I even got some recipes, recipe cards, and coupons!


Here’s a better shot of the press. I can’t wait to use this! I feel like I have a new toy. :lol:


I prepped tonight’s veggies – organic broccoli. I had enough to pack up for tomorrow, plus some to steam for tonight.


Annie’s Mac and Cheese.




I have a lot to do tonight, so I kept dinner quick and simple: Trader Joe’s breaded halibut (just toss it in the oven and let it cook away), steamed broccoli (with a light drizzle of melted organic butter), and Annie’s Mac and cheese.


Hubby picked up some two-bite cinnamon rolls from Earthfare. They weren’t much when I first opened them – cold, hard little rolls.


I freshened them up by warming them in the microwave where they were transformed into sweet little bites of heaven! I managed to only eat one of these and hubby had the other 2.



I think I was able to restrain myself since I had an Earthfare whole wheat vegan chocolate chip cookie waiting for me.

I had/have a whole other work day after my real work day tonight:

  • a jewelry order (have to make the necklace, package, and prepare for shipment)
  • helping a friend with their web site (it’s a toughie! they used real graphic designers and they put all kinds of really cool looking things that are really difficult to program. lol)
  • blog
  • email

Project Hydrate Day #16

Check out yesterday’s recap for some more Project Hydrate tips.

My cup first thing is really improving my water intake. Otherwise, I’m consuming about the same amount while I’m at work.

Consumed today:

  • 1 cup water in the morning
  • pink bottle ~4 cups
  • 1/2 turquoise bottle ~1.5 cups
  • 2 cups hot tea

Not too shabby.


One year ago today, I was blogging about the fabulous dinner in San Fran, including San Francisco’s best hot chocolate (and yes, it was pretty awesome! you should see the pictures!)

Did I mention I have some big announcements and giveaways in the works? I think I did…I can’t help it…I’m just so excited! :mrgreen:

Also, you guys are really starting to get talkative on The Chic Life blog Facebook page and I love it! I love to hear from you guys! Remember, you can contact me any time at thechiclife at gmail dot com, via my Contact page, by asking me something anonymously on my Formspring page, or by dropping me some comments here on the blog of my Facebook page. Need some advice? Want my opinion? Just ask. I don’t bite. ;)

Have a great week everyone!

Mini Spelt Banana Walnut Muffins – Healthified


I’ve had 3 sad brown bananas getting browner and browner the last several days. I meant to bake something with them last weekend but ran out of time for a baking project.


I slept in a bit this morning, so I went ahead and got coffee first thing to enjoy while I was baking. I normally like to have my coffee at the exact same time I’m eating breakfast, but I needed the caffeine stat.


I gathered my ingredients


and busted out a new toy – a turquoise hand mixer. ahhhhhhhh (that’s the sound of singing angels…at least I hear it when I look at my beautiful kitchen gadgets).

Then, it was time to get started.


Sucanat. According to HealthRecipes.comSucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) is sugar in its most natural form. It is extracted from the sugar cane and the freshly squeezed juice is evaporated by a special Swiss process. Only the water is removed.


Creaming butter and sucanat.


I used half white wheat flour and half spelt because spelt is my current fave flour. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do. Most health food stores will even have this in the bulk section in case you just want to get a little bit to try without investing a lot of money in a large bag.

I also added flaxseed meal for extra nutrition.


Dry ingredients meet wet ingredients.



All baked up and ready to enjoy.



Hubby whipped up some scrambled eggs to enjoy with our mini banana walnut muffins.


Little bites of breakfast heaven and a great combo of carbs and protein.

I especially like how fast these baked up as opposed to banana nut bread. You can check out my spelt banana bread recipe by clicking here. Banana nut bread takes an hour to bake. These took a little over 10 minutes. Sweet!


Mini Spelt Banana Walnut Muffins – Healthified

NOTE: I used some extra healthy ingredients that most people may not keep on hand. If you don’t have these ingredients, I encourage you to go buy one or two of them and try them out, but I’ve also added notes for substitutions in case you need them.

Also, I didn’t mix the nuts into the mix because I like how they get toasty on top. You could probably mix in a bit of chopped nuts if you like your muffins extra nutty. Or omit the nuts altogether if you’d like.


  • 1/2 cup white wheat flour (or sub AP flour)
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour (or sub AP flour)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal (or sub flour of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp sucanat (or sub brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • small handful finely chopped walnuts (enough to top the muffins – can sub nut of choice)
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • non-stick spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray
  2. In a large bowl, combine both flours, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, cream together butter and sucanat. Blend in egg and bananas until well combined (but try to not overmix).
  4. Pour web mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine (try to not overmix).
  5. Using a mini ice cream scoop, fill mini muffin pans 3/4 full. NOTE: I tried to fill the ice cream scoop a little more 1/2 way full before dropping into mini muffin pan. Also, I had a little leftover batter when I was done, which i poured into a prepared ramekin and baked up separately.
  6. Sprinkle walnuts on top.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until edges just start to brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for a couple minutes.


Enjoy! :)

If you prefer bread format, be sure to check out my bread version of the recipe by clicking here.

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