Breakfast of Champions

I am a truly believer that the most important meal of the day is indeed breakfast. Although I do admit that it is hard to make sure I have it everyday, especially the days were I opt to snooze over having breakfast. Thankfully, I can make time for having breakfast at work, but kids can’t! I think it is so important that every child going to school gets to have breakfast each and every morning. Here’s a quick and easy recipe from “Taste of Home Magazine” (with some of my modifications) that I love, and it keeps me full all day!

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Autumn Power Porridge

Yield: 4 delicious bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 3 cups of water
  • 3/4 cups of steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup of rinsed quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of fresh mashed or frozen pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted



  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, oats, quinoa and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and agave or honey or maple syrup.
  3. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until the water is absorbed and grains are tender.
  4. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts.


The following nutrition information is calculated for 1 cup of porridge:

  • Energy: 361 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 7g


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