Carmen’s Get-Well-Soon Grains

My friend Carmen came over the other day bearing food gifts after she found out Matilda was sick over the holidays (I hadn’t seen Carmen since Matilda came home from the hospital or she would have brought this sooner).

She told me about how her daughter was sick as a child and her friend recommended this to her. She brought me all the ingredients (she said it’s a mix of Peruvian and Columbian) and told me exactly how to cook it. I haven’t changed a single thing and made this that night. I don’t know if it’s luck or these get-well-grains but none of us have been sick since we started eating it. That’s a lot to be said with a 3 year old in her first year of school and an almost 9 month old – they’re germ magnets.

Thanks for this, Carmen. I owe you! ❤

Carmen's Get-Well-Soon Grains

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • 4 cloves, whole
  • 1/2 round raw, solid sugar cane
  • 1 raw cinnamon stick
  • 2 heaping tablespoons quinoa
  • 2 heaping tablespoons kiwicha
  • 2 heaping tablespoons oats (not slow-cooking kind)


  1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water and the cloves to a boil.
  2. Add in the raw sugar and cinnamon and cook for 5 mins.
  3. Remove the cinnamon and cloves, and turn the heat down to medium. Pour in 2 tablespoons of quinoa and kiwicha (treat it as if this would be spaghetti, you’ll notice, the middle of the grain of quinua/kiwicha looks kinda uncooked and the rest is done, about 5-8 minutes).
  4. Pour the oats in and let boil for 1 minute.
  5. Turn the stove off and let it mixture cool down. Once cooled, it’s ready to eat. You can mix in milk if you want, too. Enjoy! 

Recipe from my friend, Carmen at Blue Stone Cleaners


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