How was your school holidays?
I love it because I could sleep until the sun shines bright......
I hate it because the house will be in a mess all the time.
Now it's over, I'm glad but yet dread the early mornings.
Many of us South East Asians are used to preparing baby's porridge with rice. Usually savoury with meat(fish, chicken or pork) and vegetables. The porridge is both filling and nutritious. This time around I want to be more adventurous and wander off into more unfamiliar territories.
Lately I have started to visit organic shops and have learnt to use more of other grains in our diet. My friend, Winnie, gave me a packet of organic Quinoa as Christmas present. I love food ingredient gifts! 2 years back, she gave me teddy bear pastas.
Quinoa is easy to digest, high in nutrients and protein, good for the heart and eases migraines. I'm also feeding my boy with ready to eat organic cereal made from rice and quinoa. Seeing how much he likes the rice quinoa cereal with milk, I tried to cook this from scratch, with real rice and quinoa grains.
The quinoa that I have doesn't taste bitter. But has this short curly thing (it's the germ, I suppose) that my kid doesn't like and keeps on spitting it out, that is if I cooked just only quinoa. But when I mixed the quinoa with rice, everything feels so smooth that he won't spit anything out. I've cooked this a few times and he loves it! Especially with blueberries. I did not try this with strawberries as I read that strawberries can cause allergic reactions. I just stayed safe with blueberries. You can try this with bananas or papaya too!
Quinoa Rice Pudding with Blueberries
Recipe source: WendyinKK
Makes around 1 cup of rice pudding
1 Tbsp raw rice
1 Tbsp quinoa
1.5 cups water (you may need more)
4 scoops of infant formula powder + dissolved in minimal amount of drinking water
½ tsp sugar (optional)
1. Rinse rice and quinoa. Soak for 30 minutes. Drain and put in water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 30-40 minutes (lid on). Adjust water amount if needed.
2. Put in blueberries and let it cook until the blueberries turn mushy. Turn off the heat.
3. Put in sugar and dissolved infant formula.
4. Puree if needed (do this while very hot to prevent the pudding from breaking down)