Naturally vegan and gluten free, this Golden Milk Quinoa Porridge Bowl is an anti-inflammatory, plant-based bowl of goodness with a warm, sweet flavor that will help you heal from the inside, out.
Food That Heals
I’m so thankful my mom made this sweet bowl of delicious goodness for me. This Golden Milk Quinoa Porridge was the first thing that I was able to eat when I got home from the hospital, and let me tell you, it was literally sunshine in a bowl.
After battling with an unexpected illness for nearly two months, I was at a point where I could not eat anything at all, and if I did, I was sorry.
Nearly a month into my health nightmare, I learned from my GI doctor that I had developed a form of colitis, known as c diff colitis, that left me running to the bathroom multiple times a day in excruciating pain. I developed this terrible infection after taking a mega dose of antibiotics for the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease I was battling, which left me susceptible from a weakened immune system.
4 ‘R’s of Gut Restoration
After consulting with my functional medicine physician, it was suggested to me that I should follow a plan called the 4 ‘R’s of Gut Restoration: Remove, Replace, Reinoculate & Repair – a protocol used to help heal damaged GI systems like mine.
Because I had been sick for so long, I had already breezed through the remove phase (note: the sarcasm). I was sent home with a long list of ‘to-do’s’: foods to eat, foods to avoid, and a loooong list of supplements.
I usually cringe at the thought of diets or guidelines like this, but I was at such a low point, I figured it couldn’t possibly get any worse, so I vowed to follow the plan: dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, with a expensive 15+ supplement regimen.
My mom was worried about me, as mothers do, and wanted to make me something I could actually eat. I told her my ‘guidelines’ and that I wanted something with Turmeric, my favorite anti-inflammatory functional food and she got to work in the kitchen.
Golden Milk Quinoa Porridge
Some mothers may have been intimidated with such a request, but not my mom. She has become a master of delicious, healthy eating over the years as my sister is a Type 1 Diabetic and a registered nurse and her other daughter is (obviously) a registered dietitian nutritionist. Healthy eating has always been important to our family, and she knew exactly what to make for me.
This, being the first thing I ate in nearly a week, was the most delicious tasting food I have ever eaten. It was warm and sweet, spicy but subtle. You could taste the delicious combinations of the healing spices like turmeric and cinnamon, and the quinoa was the perfect consistency to stay soft and easy to eat.
After I started to heal and get better I asked my mom to write down this recipe for me, so she really deserves all the credit for this healing power bowl. I am still currently dairy-free and gluten-free, so it has been an excellent substitute for my usual bowl of turmeric yogurt I have in the morning.
- 2 cups organic white quinoa rinsed
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup canned pears with juice, diced
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
In the Instant Pot, combine the washed quinoa, coconut milk, vanilla extract and spices through salt. Whisk together well.
Set to high pressure and cook for 1 minute. Allow to stand for 10 minutes on natural pressure relief.
Rinse the quinoa under cold water.
Combine the quinoa and coconut milk in a medium sauce pan and place over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients: pears, coconut flakes, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and vanilla extract.
*Note – if your porridge feels too thick, add more coconut milk until you reach your desired consistency.
Learn More: The Health Benefits of Turmeric
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