Breakfast Quinoa Porridge with Poached Pears

This is a filling and delicious alternative to oats – I find it best to make the night before so it is quick and easy to put together in the morning!

Poached Pears
Place the following in a medium sized pot (big enough to cover the pears in liquid):
~ 1 cinnamon stick
~ 1 star anise
~ peel & juice of 1 lemon
~ 1/4 cup caster sugar (most recipes use 2 cups, but I found even 1/4 cup was a bit sweet)
~ enough water to cover the pears
~ 2 pears, peeled

Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes (until the pears are soft to insert a knife/skewer)
Remove pears from the liquid and store in a plastic container

Quinoa Porridge
Place 1/2 cup dry quinoa and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small pot on medium heat
Toast for a few minutes, making sure not to let the quinoa catch
Add in 1.5 cups almond milk (or rice milk), 1/2 cup water, pinch salt and 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer
Keep stirring, especially towards the end when there is less liquid (make sure not to leave it or it will boil over!)
You can store this overnight and then re-heat in the microwave or stove-top

Serve with poached pears, other berries and a spoon of greek yoghurt


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