Quinoa is a seed that is treated as a grain, and which is cooked exactly like white rice (1:2 ratio, cook for 20 minutes after bringing to a boil). It has a light, fluffy texture much like couscous. Rinse and cook 1 c. quinoa for 4 breakfast servings. Add butter, or fruit and nuts, milk and cinnamon, or cooked greens with whatever else your taste buds fancy. Refrigerate or freeze extra servings in microwave-safe glass containers. Cost per serving (quinoa only): about $0.25 for organic quinoa purchased in bulk.
For numbers buffs: According to nutritiondata.com, 1/4 c dry quinoa has 157 calories, 2.5g fat, 27g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, and 6g protein. Unlike other grains and grain-like foods, all essential amino acids are represented in that protein.
But we don't cook it just because of that. Lavender likes it, and it's a much better breakfast (not to mention far less costly) than processed cereal from a box!