I developed this recipe my first day on my Mini Mary Diet.

A Mini Mary Diet is an offshoot of McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss Program. The general idea of the diet is to eat simply for 10 days in a row. Simple eating is accomplished by choosing an unprocessed starch like rice, potatoes, beans or corn and eating as much of that starch at every meal as you desire.

In addition to your chosen starch, participants can also supplement their meals with a small amount of vegetables. Fruit consumption is limited to 2 servings of fresh fruit per day.

Because I have become accustomed to sweet breakfasts, I wanted a way to make breakfast sweet without adding too much sugar (refined or natural). I came up with the following recipe and it has satisfied me every morning I have eaten it.Quick Breakfast Risotto

Not only is this recipe filling, simple and enjoyable to eat, it is also very cheap. And if you don’t want to buy your own zero/low-calorie sweetener, grab some packets from a coffee shop the next time you happen to be there—that’s what I do.

I almost always serve my Quick Breakfast Risotto with a sliced apple, but you could serve it whatever type of fruit you want e.g. bananas, pineapple, strawberries, etc.

I enjoyed this recipe on and off the Mini Mary Diet. It’s a comforting alternative to cooked oats.


Whenever you are in need of a cheap and easy breakfast that doesn’t lack flavor, Quick Breakfast Risotto is there for you. This risotto works exceptionally well if you have leftover rice cooked rice from a precious night. Feel free to add other warming spices and/or sliced fruit to this recipe as you desire. The recipe is easy to double, triple or quadruple for a multiple people in the morning.

Vegan and free of added salt, sugar, oil, gluten, soy, nuts and seeds.

Reasons to love this recipe: low cost, makes use of leftovers, sweet, simple

Serves 1


  •  2 1/2 cups (sprouted) brown rice, pre-cooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet of zero/low-calorie sweetener (e.g. Splenda)


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and place on high heat.

After the mixture has begun to boil, turn down the heat to a simmer. Stir the contents occasionally to encourage even heating and ensure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Cook the rice mixture until all of the water has evaporated and you are left with a gooey, creamy risotto. Enjoy immediately with sliced fruit if desired.

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  • Updated 3 years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.