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When I was a kid I had an obsession with “great ideas.” While my siblings and childhood friends will inform you the “great” component of these ideas was questionable at best, my desire to implement “the next big thing” kept me entertained for hours. A library for the neighborhood (housed out of my bedroom), A Babysitters Club, Crime Fighting Club, The Card Club and perhaps most entertaining, The Earth Club.
The Earth Club was born after I ordered the book 50 Simple Ways Kids Can Save the Earth from my classroom Scholastic order. You guys, without question reading this book inspired my young mind than anything EVER has and most likely ever will again. Dramatic, I know. Buuuut, it made me believe that my 10 year old self could make a difference and I. Was. Hooked.
The club systematically worked our way through the 50 suggestions in the book in pursuit of a healthier Earth. Our intentions, altruistic… our methods, weeeeellll… let’s just say our hearts were in the right place.
We wanted members. Lots and lots of members. So naturally, we had to recruit. We needed members who were passionate about our cause. Sooooo, we wrote HUNDREDS of little invitations to join the Earth Club with a small description and our telephone number and proceeded to scatter the notes All. Over. The. Neighborhood. Our thought process? Anyone who cared enough to pick up litter from the ground was worthy of joining our little band of do-gooders. Yep, definitely a little counterproductive to our cause.
All this to say.. did you know that it is Earth Day this weekend? In preparation I dusted off my old copy of 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth and shared it with Cooper, my 6 year old. Just as I had hoped, he too was inspired to do something for Earth Day (he’s my mini me in the area of “great” ideas) and we hatched a plan to clean up a local park this Saturday to celebrate. A few calls to some close friends, and a plan to meet at our house for a quick breakfast before heading out was born.
I love a theme, in my mind, when planning a Earth Day Brunch… you gotta channel you’re inner hippie. Nothing says hippie like quinoa.. for breakfast.
I know what you’re thinking, “Stop right there, QUINOA.. for breakfast???
First of all, YES!
Secondly, it’s true, in honor of Earth day I’m going full on hippy today with this Ginger Peach Breakfast Quinoa.
You guys, this flavor combo (inspired by the new Honest® Tea Flavor -Unsweet Peach Ginger Tea) is a little unconventional. I get it. Cooking the quinoa in a combo of Honest® Tea and water adds a layer of flavor that really takes this recipe to the next level. In fact, I would describe it as straight up lovely.
That’s what it is. I mean, lovely among other things like fancy, sweet and completely brunch worthy.
All that stuff that I wrote up there about the wonder that is this perfectly cooked quinoa that has been infused with Honest® Unsweet Peach Ginger Tea.. all true, but not even the best reason to make it for your next get together. You guys, this stuff is LOADED with good for you ingredients AND it’s make-ahead friendly.
The addition of Honest® tea wasn’t haphazard. Like I said.. I LOVE a theme, so using a product that is organic and Fair Trade was a given. It’s brewed with real tea leaves, just like I’d use at home but WAY more convenient. The fact that their new Unsweet Peach Ginger flavor doesn’t contain added sugar, well.. it closed the deal.
Time Saving Tips and Tricks
Prep: Having pre-cooked quinoa is a definite time saver for this recipe. You can make your quinoa up to 3 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
Make Ahead: You bet. I almost never cook breakfast in the morning. If it isn’t “grab-n’go” friendly.. you won’t find it around here. I like to store leftover breakfast quinoa in individual servings. Pop it in the microwave or eat it cold!
Freezer: I tried freezing breakfast quinoa. The result wasn’t great. This one is best fresh or from the fridge.
Ginger Peach Breakfast Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Honest® Tea Organic Unsweet Peach Ginger Tea
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 3 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 TBS maple syrup
- 1 cup frozen peaches, thawed and chopped
- Bring quinoa, water and tea to a boil in a medium size saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 -20 minutes. Pour onto a plate. Set aside.
- To the same pot, add coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. Stir constantly. After 15-20 seconds, add the quinoa. Continue stirring constantly until the quinoa is warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Stir in maple syrup and peaches. Mix to incorporate. Top with a light sprinkle of cinnamon and extra toasted pecans if desired. Serve immediately.
- I purchased my Honest® Unsweet Ginger Peach Tea from Kroger. I found the individual bottles in the Healthy Beverage Section. They were on sale for 4/$5.00 so of course, I stocked up. There is also an online digital coupon for $.025 off a single Honest® Tea. You can use the coupon up to 5 times.
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