Acorn Squash Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

by Marla on January 11, 2013 · 35 comments

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Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

“Porridge” oh how I love thee. I have never actually used the word porridge on Family Fresh Cooking. Such a comforting word…it’s got a cold weather, huggy, rustic food kinda vibe. Perhaps it’s the Goldilocks and the Three Bears thing ~ bears and people love that porridge. Do you think theirs is made with oats or quinoa?

Probably not quinoa…

Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Quinoa is really popular with you guys and I love it too…. my Acorn Squash Breakfast Quinoa is perfect for the morning bite or any time of day.

This is a nice alternative to oatmeal that you gotta try asap…I do love my oatmeal too of course.

This seed (quinoa) is plentiful in health and flavor, takes hardly any effort to cook and happily accepts all kinds of sweet and savory pairings.

Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Use any kinds of dried fruits and nuts you have. In this recipe I used pecans, apples, sunflower seeds and raisins.

Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Acorn squash adds texture variation and great flavor. You can also use butternut or even pumpkin (I know how much we all obsess over pumpkin!)

Once fall hits I bake a few squash per week. Sometimes I enjoy it simply with butter, cinnamon and maple syrup…other times I use it into recipes.

Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

This meal is gluten free and grain free. One size fits most.

You can even put it in a to-go box with your favorite vegan or dairy whipped cream

Yummy huh?!

Acorn Squash-Quinoa Breakfast Porridge | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Acorn Squash Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Acorn Squash Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 Acorn Squash (you will use 1 cup diced)
  • 1/2 cup dry Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup light unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped Nuts (Pecans or Walnuts are my favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or Butter
  • 2 tablespoons virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (sweeten to taste)
  • 1/4 cup dried Figs, diced
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup diced Apple

Method

    Acorn Squash
  • Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Pierce acorn squash several times with a sharp knife. Bake it for about 45 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Let cool a bit. Cut in half, scoop out seeds. Dice flesh into small pieces.
  • Quinoa
  • Combine quinoa with water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes.) Stir in the rest of the ingredients and serve hot.
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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

What a beautiful, nourishing recipe Marla. Love the word porridge. :-)

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2 Maria January 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

Perfect breakfast!

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3 HeatherChristo January 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

I call any type of hot breakfast cereal “porridge” it’s how I get my kids to eat it a-la- goldilocks style! This variety looks wonderful! How are the mountains treating you!?

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

Now I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!! Great recipe!

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5 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

Mmmm . . . full of all sorts of my favorite ingredients. Seems very nutritious and filling. :)

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6 Marla January 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi Michelle, yup perfect for ski days or any days!

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7 Rosa January 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

Superfood! I love pecans and apples. A wonderfully healthy and delicious breakfast dish.

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

Quinoa works so well as a breakfast porridge!

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9 Marian (Sweetopia) January 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Looks fresh and delicious!! Happy weekend to you :)

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10 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

What a filling and healthy breakfast, and I love the “to go” box idea.

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11 Marla January 12, 2013 at 3:26 am

Erika, I thought that was fun too!! :)

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12 Carla @ Carlas Confections January 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

Love it! Sounds so perfect and comforting on these cold days!

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13 Julie @ Table for Two January 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

I love the ingredients in this and the fact that it has coconut milk with quinoa! Looks so delicious :)

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14 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

This sounds fabulous!

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15 Aimee @ Simple Bites January 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

What a stunning breakfast. I’m going to have to bookmark this for when I’m allowed to chew! (currently dental post-op. heh.)

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16 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Absolutely gorgeous breakfast!

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17 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I need to start having quinoa for breakfast–oatmeal is getting a wee bit old. Love this!

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18 Marla January 12, 2013 at 3:22 am

Kiersten, it is great to mix things up from time to time! Enjoy :)

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19 Nadia January 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Never mind the recipe! Where did you get that gorgeous blue and red dish! It is stunning!!!

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20 Marla January 12, 2013 at 3:24 am

Nadia, funny you should bring up that plate. I purchased it last summer in my favorite little antiques store here in town. I used it for this shoot. Shipped it back to myself in CA ~ and BROKE it :( Boo hoo. Broke that and many others in shipping. Lesson learned ~ have someone else pack for me. Happy that dish made it into one shoot ;)

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21 Gaby January 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

love this idea for breakfast!

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22 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 12, 2013 at 5:12 am

I’m in love with quinoa for a year now. It’s do healthy and delicious. And pecans go just perfect with it.

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23 Marla January 12, 2013 at 6:13 am

Marta, I could add pecans to everything!! Love’em ;)

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24 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 12, 2013 at 6:01 am

Oh Marla, don’t you know? Bears LOVE quinoa.

Lovely pictures today, I especially liked the serving in the little Chinese takeout box. Very nice :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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25 Marla January 12, 2013 at 6:11 am

Leanne, I did not know that. Though now I will be sure to offer the bears quinoa when they stop by for a visit!

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26 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 14, 2013 at 6:39 am

Good planning. My Dad and I went out camping this one time and I’d made a loaf of quinoa bread to take with us. We left the cooler on the picnic table for all of 10 minutes while we went back to the car to grab more stuff. We came back and the bread was GONE! My wild imagination created the story that it was a family of bears… a couple of hours later we were visited by a family of 3 squirrels that were as FAT as could be. Darn things ate my bread. haha

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27 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

super creative girl! Miss you !!

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28 Aimee January 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Sounds delicious! Do you happen to know the nutrition info? I’m wondering how many points on WW. Thanks!

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29 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Oh I like the idea of acorn squash for breakfast!

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30 Kindness January 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Do you think it is wise to make the quinoa first and then add the rest of the other ingredients? Wouldn’t it be better if all the flavours got absorbed while the quinoa is simmering?… I have tried quinoa with frozen berries and I just threw them I. To cook with it. However when I made it with broccoli and other chopped veggies it never turned out. It was always a mushy mess! I’m just wondering if I so the same as I did with my veggie quinoa, would it come out a mushy mess. Thanks to anyone who can help.

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31 Kindness January 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Sorry for the spelling errors :) texting on my phone isn’t like typing on the computer.

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32 Marla January 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi there! I generally cook my quinoa first & end up with great results in my recipes. It stays light and fluffy – mixes really well with the other ingredients without getting mushy at all.

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33 Joanne Cole March 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Nutritonlal info?

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34 Marla March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I don’t know & I don’t provide that info.

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