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Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
(recipe, Shawnee Chisam)
I found this recipe off the internet. I have tried a similar recipe using berries and it was delicious and satisfying. A very different way to try something new other than your usual "oatmeal" while using an ingredient -quinoa- that is so good for us.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup nonfat milk
- 2 large tart apples (Granny Smith, etc)
- 3 Tbsp. organic white sugar
- 1 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
- 1½ t ground cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- ¼ cup chopped cinnamon almonds (or regular roasted almonds)
- kiss of key lime or lemon juice
- Combine the sugars and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Peel & dice apples into bite sized pieces, squeeze a bit of key lime or lemon juice onto them, and add to the cinnamon-sugar mix. Toss to coat the apples thoroughly with the sugar and set aside to let the apples' natural juices seep forth. In the meantime, combine rinsed quinoa, water, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. While quinoa is cooking, melt the butter in a skillet. Add cinnamon apples and cook over medium heat until they're cooked through (tender, but not soft). You'll probably have a little extra quinoa after it's cooked, so take about ¾ of the quinoa, add cinnamon apple mixture and almonds, and mix together. Place a few extra apples on top of your warm steamy bowl, add a few extra chopped almonds for garnish and enjoy!