Cinderella's Oats and Quinoa Porridge with Ginger Tea | Disney Theme Breakfast
There are two reasons for today's post - First, my love for healthy breakfast and second, release of movie - Cinderella!!
As they say, we should eat breakfast like kings! A good, filling, and healthy whole grain breakfast can really help you energize your whole day! No kidding, breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. To help you with this goal, today, I'm sharing, a healthy whole grain breakfast of warm Oats and Quinoa Porridge with Spiced Ginger Tea! And guess what? You can make it vegan too!! (check out the recipe notes!)
And now let's talk about Cinderella!!! I know! too little about breakfast? that's what you thinking? trust me friends...keep reading...... there is plenty more... Don't go anywhere!
I think, story books and animated Disney movies are every kid's fantasy land. Growing up, Cinderella and her prince charming's story was most adorable to me. Specially the part when she went to meet her prince charming with help of her Godmother Fairy, and while rushing back home... she left behind her shoe in the palace.... and then prince found her with the help of that shoe....... then they lived happily ever after!!! How touchy, perfect, romantic, and charming!!
I don't know how many times have I seen the Disney's Animated Movie Cinderella. When I was in college, I stayed in my aunt's house for few months. My 5 year old niece loved Cinderella and often asked her father to play that movie.... I already loved the movie! So, I sat by her side, watched it over and over again..... One day she got part in a Stage Play and it was no other than Cinderella!! In-fact, she volunteered and told her teacher that she only want to be Cinderella (not her step sisters :) ) and even told her whom she want as Prince. Can you believe that?! These kids are so sharp and frank than what we used to be! Oh... I remember we spent at-least 2 weekends and many afternoons looking perfect shoe for our little Cinderella! She only wanted ones which are made of clear glass (in other words transparent plastic.. lol!!) and also had sparkles on them!
well... well..... that is called Cinderella Fever my friends!!
I was very excited when I saw trailer of new movie Cinderella, airing country wide, this Friday! I asked Vishal if he knew Cinderella story? and you know what? He don't! :( all guys are like this...pretty practical!! They don't live in fantasy land that we girls do :) But... I still told him story (though he just kept smiling all the time....), I still kept going on and told him, We are watching this movie! For the record, whenever I take him to an animated movie, half the time he is snoring... oh yeah! he is! (don't tell anyone...)
How about you? Are you Cinderella fan?
If you are then I'm sure you despise her step mother and step sisters! They made her work so hard! How she needs to keep working and cooking all day..... She cooked all three meals, especially Porridge and Tea for breakfast! As a kid, I never cared what exactly was she cooking.... but as a foodie blogger, her cooking caught my eyes first of all!
Since I have my prince charming now :) I'm always in my NEW fantasy land .... you guessed it! cooking!!! making food fit to serve my prince :) hahaha
Speaking of which, I'm always scared to try new things (I mean healthy experiments) for weekday breakfast on Vishal. If he won't like it, he have to leave empty-stomach for office which isn't good. I decided to make Cinderella's Porridge and Tea last week. Also, made a few toasts, just in-case, Vishal don't like it! I knew, I'm going to add my healthy twist to regular porridge for sure! Even though cracked wheat porridge is pretty healthy and wholesome food itself. I added the twist of Oats and Quinoa Porridge and a ginger spiced tea.
Turns out, he not just liked porridge, he loved it!! In-fact it has made place in our regular weekday breakfast menu now! Since it takes just 20 minutes to make oats and quinoa porridge, I leave it on stove, slow cooking, while I work on my morning routine. By the time, tea is ready, porridge is ready too! Plus no sugar, very less milk (I mean it, this porridge has not been cooked with just milk, check the recipe!), and whole grain oats and quinoa.... perfect creamy yet not mushy texture....
Why Ginger Tea?
Morning Tea is a tradition in my home, and ginger every once in a while, specially when it's cold outside, is perfect to warm up Chai Tea! I have shared Ginger Chai Tea with you before, but including the recipe again for your convenience and to complete the porridge and tea theme!
You can serve it with almond creamer (for vegan tea) or with whole milk or without milk - black ginger chai tea!
In nutshell, for love of Cinderella, her courage, and her heart warming story, I have made this princes like healthy, yet elegant Oats and Quinoa porridge with ginger tea! Thank you Disney movies for bringing Cinderella and many adorable and inspirational characters to every kid's childhood! We owe you big time for lots of fun and entertainment!
Ask the child in me, for the record, this healthy and elegant breakfast is NOT fit for Cinderella's step mother and step sisters. It is meant for only Princess and Prince! ;)
Now, I'm excited to ask! Are you guys watching Cinderella this Friday?? Which part from her wonderful fantasy story do you love most?
A few more oats or porridge breakfast with tea recipe from my repertoire!
Cinderella's Oats and Quinoa Porridge with Ginger Tea | Disney Theme Breakfast
IngredientsOats ad Quinoa Porridge
- 1. Rinse quinoa. Combine quinoa, oats in a sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to boil then simmer on low for 14-15 minutes or until quinoa has cooked through. Oats will almost melt by this time and will give a creamy texture to quinoa. Now add milk and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until milk has been absorbed leaving behind thick and creamy porridge. Transfer to serving bowls, add chopped almonds, cranberries, and drizzle honey (if you prefer).
- 2. Kadak (Strong) Ginger Tea - While oats are cooking, in a sauce pan, bring water to a rolling boil. Add tea, and grated ginger. Boil for 6-7 minutes until tea gives nice dark black color to the water and also water has reduced from original 2 cups to about 1 & 1/4 cups. Now add milk, sugar (if using) and continue simmering for 1 more minute. Remove from heat, strain with a tea strainer into serving cups.
- 3. Serve and enjoy!
Vegan For vegan porridge, use almond milk instead of whole milk wherever suggested.
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ChristineThe tea was awesome! I made some adjustments since not everything was available here, but A+. The oats didn’t work for me, the quinoa wouldn’t cook and it stuck to the pan.
annie@ciaochowbambinaSuch a sweet post! I'm loving the breakfast you've created here. And - yes...we love Cinderella! I think GusGus is my favorite little character! Ha!
SavitaAnnie, thanks! Oh yeah, Gus Gus is one cute character in the movie! You know how he loved cheese so much?! :)
shweta aoh you have made all the childhood memories in me spark:) It is so inviting and tempting :)
SavitaSee, it shows child in us is so alive ::) good! isn't it? thanks, Shweta, I'm glad you like the recipe!
Manalilol I know I was surprised that he didn't know about Cinderella! But he's different in way that he has zero interests in games as well :| I guess he only loves to code!
Savita:) big smile! Good to know that!
ManaliSavita I am here to tell you that Sarvesh didn't know about Cindrella! He said "kya, is it that frog wali story"? I was like Whattttttttttttttt frog?! hahaha...it's hard to believe that these guys have no clue about such famous stories! Fairy tales I guess are meant for girls only!
Savitalol!!! I knew it! All guys are like that! Fairy tales are for girls and for girls only!! Ask guys about game stuff, they will make you sleep, that much they have in store! True, Cinderella is such a famous story but no clue whatsoever! I guess, guys will be guys and girls will be girls :) thanks for talking time to specially stop by! loved to hear about this!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic KitchenAwesome story of your niece—these kids are just so adorable. Wow! This is indeed healthy, filling & whole grain breakfast. No wonder, your prince charming loved it! I too would love ti have it with ginger tea. :)
SavitaAnu, thanks! You know I feel real good when someone takes times to read all post! :) i really appreciate your time! and true, nothing can beat a healthy breakfast with dose of ginger tea! :)
farin AhmedNot only am a great fann of cindrella but a die hard fann of you too dear!!! Well said not to skip the brkfast ... Love the disney theme and yummy recipe
SavitaWow! Farin, I'm flattered! I seriously didn't know I have a fan :) I think you are a humble person to say that. and thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
JeenaWow, just liked every bit of this post, from the theme to the dish... Hats off for such a great post and thanks for sharing, liked it a lot.
SavitaJeena, thanks!! I'm glad you took time to read all post :)
Ritu ahujaWow..awesome breakfast recipe. I love the concept of Disney theme. Lovely post and yummy recipe. :)
SavitaRitu, thanks! Disney indeed has it's magic on every one!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy HappyGinger chai tea sounds amazing. I love chai tea and ginger tea, so thats the perfect combo for me.
Savitasounds good, Dannii! Ginger Chai tea is one the best chai combo!
Momma BakerI love Cinderella and my daughter will be so excited to see the new movie( or I'll use her as an excuse to go;) Your porridge looks so good and with ginger tea YUM!
SavitaI can imagine how much your daughter loves Cinderella! :) Kids in us still enjoy the story too :) Thanks for stopping by @Momma Baker! I'm glad you like Oats and Quinoa Porridge.
miraLove Cinderella! This quinoa oats porridge looks fantastic! Would love to try it :)
SavitaMira, I'm sure you will love the taste! Really, the texture of quinoa can take oats porridge to whole new level!
shubhaDelicious and healthy breakfast!!
ManaliWhatt!! Your husband doesn't know the Cindrella story? Ok I think I will need to check with my hubby if he knows or not haha :P I love disney movies, they are amazing! And this breakfast is just what I need to start my day. And adrak chai is my fav, I am actually drinking it as I type this! Pinned!
Savitalol!! I will be interested to know if your husband knows about Cinderella :) I'm glad you like the porridge :) and also thanks for the pin.