Moon day Porridge

This moon day was specifically rainy and cold in the morning here in the Netherlands. So I made this porridge which I have wanted to try out for a while. Quinoa porridge.

You might know already I absolutely love porridges, so I always look for new recipies and variations. Oatmeal porridge is where my heart really lies, but this one is delicious and a wonderful option if you are avoiding or doing a cleanse where grains are temporarily left out of the diet.

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Ingredients:

1C quinoa
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp cardamom
1/2tsp ginger
pinch of salt
2C water
1C preferred nutmylk
1apple – grated
handful of raisins
hemp seeds

How to:
Rince quinoa and cook with 2C of water. Add spices. When the water gets less start adding nutmylk a little bit at a time, and stir once in a while, untill the quinoa porridge gets a thick and creamy consistency.
When the porridge ready, turn off the stove, add apple and raisins and cover for a few minutes. The apple will not cook, but become just nice and soft to digest more easily.
Decorate with some hemp seeds y voilá!

You can sweeten the porridge with any preferred sweetener.

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Carrot & Apple Breakfast Porridge

The spring here in the Netherlands just does not want to show itsself yet….so on this cloudy cold ‘spring’ day, I felt like a warm, soothing but light breakfast.
Inspired by a recipe I learned from my Ayurveda teacher, I would like to share this one with you. Try it and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients (per person):
3 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1tsp turmeric
1tsp ghee
2 tbsp oats
5 dates
3 cardamom pods, peeled & grinded
handfull of raisins
some hemp & chia seeds for decoration.


Put the ghee and turmeric in a pot and after a few seconds add the carrot & apple.
In the mean time, blend the oats and dates in 2/3 cup of warm water. It should have a smoothie/milky consistancy.
Add this to the apple/carrots and add the cardamom and a pinch of salt.
You can throw in the raisins, or add them at the end as decoration on top. They will be more juicy if you add them in before.

Serve warm and decorate with some seeds.

Enjoy your soothing, light, nutritious meal made with love and good intentions (and organic ingredients 😉 

LOVE
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Porridge and Nostalgia

If you grew up the same way I did, you have a thing for porridges and cereals. When I was a child I could not be happier sitting at the breakfast table with my collection of cereal boxes to choose from.

It was always an extra special morning when my mum would make a warm porridge. The winner was mieliepap, with a bit of butter, milk and brown sugar. O my god! A warm oatmeal porridge took the silver medal and the easier and faster ProNutro was never denied either.

Later when we moved to the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the ProNutro look alike, Brinta.

Really, just give me a bowl to eat from, and a spoon to eat with and I’m happy.

Wel…kind of….Nowadays of course I am more consciouss of my food. I avoid processed and pre-packed foods as they tend to be full of (too much) sugars and preservatives and they cause Vata vitiation. Not to mention, many many packaged foods are just so unnecessary if you know how to make healthy (fast and easy) breakfasts yourself!

I still love a good bowl of mieliepap or oatmeal. They are the classics and they are very healthy! 

But today I will share an easy recipe that I made this week, and it reminded me of the ProNutro porridge I used to eat as a kid. Sweet, warm, smooth, nutritious and delicious.


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For this recipe you will need a blender/nutribullet or similar.

Throw into you blender/bullet jar:

  • 5 medjool dates
  • 4tbsp oats
  • 1tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2tbsp maca powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of cinamon
  • pinch of kurkuma

Cover the ingredients with boiling water, stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add a little bit water and blend all the ingredients untill you get a ‘porridgy’ consistency.

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Transfer into your favourite bowl. Throw some banana and cashew nuts on top!

Enjoy!