I was recently watching the movie ‘Hitch’ and two of the characters were enjoying decadent rice puddings at NYC’s famed dessert shop, Rice to Riches.  Instantly, I had a craving for rice pudding.  I needed it.  I convinced myself that the movie would no longer be enjoyable without it. 

Isn’t it funny the effect that simply seeing food can have on us?  Rice pudding would have never occurred to me had I not seen it in the movie.  Needless to say, I insisted we pause the movie, my boyfriend patiently waiting for me to somehow curb this craving for rice pudding.

Luckily I don’t live near Rice to Riches, so walking outside and getting myself the indulgent treat, was not an option.  Instead, I opted to make myself a much healthier and more nutrient rich version of this dessert, made with quinoa.

This two-step recipe – yes you read that correctly, only two steps, takes 15 minutes!  Served hot or cold, this was the perfect quick comfort food that I was seeking.  Mission accomplished!


Quinoa “Rice” Pudding

½ cup quinoa

1 cup water

4 chopped dates

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt


  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepot
  2. Bring to boil and cover.  Let cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed in quino 

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