Quinoa bircher is easy to prepare, and you’ll have enough for the week.
Quinoa bircher is easy to prepare, and you’ll have enough for the week. Glen David Wilson

RECIPE: Healthy breakfast for busy parents (and kids)

AS NEW parents, some days it's hard to even think about looking after yourself and what you're going to eat throughout the day. I am guilty of looking in the fridge and cupboard, so tired that I can't even think to put two ingredients together, and just decide to have two pieces of toast with Vegemite. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

In all honesty, it's all down to preparation. We need to look after ourselves so we have the energy to look after the most important people - our family. We have included a recipe this week for a breakfast dish that can be made in advance, and you can make a whole week's worth at a time. It's super easy, quick to prepare, tasty and healthy. Every morning you can wake up knowing what you are having for breakfast, no matter what gets thrown at you in the morning.

Quinoa bircher with apple and pear compote, coconut yogurt and toasted almonds


Bircher -

 1 cup of quinoa  

 1 ½ cups of water  

  ½ cup of coconut milk  

 Ground cinnamon.

Fruit compote -

 500g of fresh seasonal fruit - apple and pear or strawberry and rhubarb  

 200ml of water  

 100g of caster sugar  

 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste  

 1 cinnamon stick  

 zest of 2 lemons.

METHOD: Rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the grains sprout their tails. Rinse under cold water, drain thoroughly. Divide the quinoa into two bowls or jars and pour a quarter of a cup of coconut milk over each.

Combine all of the compote ingredients together in a pot. Allow sugar to dissolve over medium heat and simmer until fruit breaks down into desired consistency.

Toast almonds in hot oven until slightly browned and then chop roughly. Allow to cool and store in container.

Layer quinoa and compote into your bowls or jars and place in the fridge.

At time of serving, top with toasted almonds and some yogurt.


Dan and Steph Mulheron won My Kitchen Rules in 2013. Visit http://www.danandsteph.com.au or find them on Facebook - Dan and Steph - My Kitchen Rules and Instagram - danandsteph13.