Strawberry Quinoa Risotto

21 Jun

Photos for this post are compliments of Fabi. Be nice, I’m a newbie.

I’m not exactly sure how to describe how much strawberries make me happy. Maybe it’s because I only eat them when they’re in season, and therefore have a constant craving for the rest of the year. Maybe it’s because there is nothing better than the smell of them sitting in your car after you’ve picked them up from a stand on the side of the road, and the sun is beating down on them. Maybe it’s because they’re just so damn tasty.

Driving home after spending time with a dear friend of mine, I spotted the first strawberries of the season. I wanted to stop. I wanted to pull over, run out, buy a whole flat and eat half of it before I even made it home. I wanted to. But I didn’t. Because I had to pee. This kind of thing happens to me on a regular basis. So instead, I went home and peed and thought about the strawberries that I hadn’t bought.

Naturally, the very next day I went out and bought the strawberries. So there.

Breakfast the next day was obviously strawberry related. I don’t know how this came about, but I decided to make some sort of risotto. For breakfast? Sure!

It was so easy; all it takes is a little time and lots of stirring. You don’t even need a nice pot. Look at this gem that I cooked with. They were going to throw this bad boy out at my restaurant…clearly I couldn’t let that happen. I gave him a home. Don’t act like you’re not jealous.

Add quinoa, and almond milk….

Cook until tender, add some vanilla…. if you wish…

Top with more strawberries and raw cocoa nibs….fresh mint…no big deal…


Packed with protein, low in fat and sugar. I know. Just dig in and enjoy some good eating.

Strawberry Quinoa Risotto

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced (plus a few extra for garnish)

2 tsp organic cane sugar, or honey

1/3 cup quinoa

1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk. You can use flavoured if you like….chocolate would probably be ridiculous…I just like the plain kind. (I also don’t know if you’ll need more or less, I never measure, I’m SORRY)

mint and cocoa nibs to garnish.

Cook strawberries with sugar on medium heat until things get a little juicy.

Add quinoa, and then add almond milk. Keep stirring until the almond milk has been absorbed, then add more. Stir, add more milk…stir, add more milk…you get it right? The whole process should take about 15-20 minutes.

Top with cocoa nibs, strawberries and mint. Bon appetit!


2 Responses to “Strawberry Quinoa Risotto”

  1. Marc, eh! June 22, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Hee, hee,
    Risotto for breaky?? You’re a genius, Fabi! By the time you’re done stirring, you are hungry enough to eat it!

  2. Diane July 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I loved how you had to pee. Kind of the story of Lynn’s life (and who’s ever with her at the time). Super glad you went back to pick up those berries though..this looks fantastically awesome and I’ve been looking for a recipe with quinoa too!

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