Aug 29, 2013

Apple & Cinnamon Quinoa



Last week, I explained that I have recently gone wheat, dairy and sugar free. I put it off a lot longer than I should have because I thought it would be incredibly hard to change my diet while still cooking for Hubs & the munchkins.   However, I have found it a lot easier than I thought and I'm feeling fantastic.  I promised I'd share a few of my recipes so today I'm sharing a very quick and easy recipe for Apple & Cinnamon Quinoa, which I'm loving for breakfast at the moment.  Before I do though, I just wanted to share with you a few of the health benefits of Quinoa:

According to Mind Body Green Quinoa is known as a 'superfood' that is:
  • high in fibre having almost twice as much fibre than any other grain
  • one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat
  • rich in magnesium (which has many benefits including blood-sugar control & reduction of migraines)
  • contains iron & antioxidants
  • high in Riboflavin or B2
  • high in lysine (essential for tissue growth & repair)

Ingredients:

Quinoa flakes
Stewed Apple
Sultanas (Raisins)
Cinnamon
 Blueberries (optional but highly recommended)
Rice Milk (or whatever milk you prefer - it can even be made with water)

Method:

1.  I make up a big batch of stewed apples by thinly slicing them and placing them in a small saucepan with a small amount of water in the bottom.  I let them simmer until soft, then drain what's left of the water (which isn't much usually).  I then store the stewed apples in an airtight container in the fridge and i can use them as needed.  I usually make a batch every 4-5 days but my guess is the apples would easily last a week in the fridge.  I usually use approximately 1/2 to 1 apple per bowl.

2.  Place 4-5 tablespoons of quinoa flakes in a saucepan with your milk/water (Just enough to cover and you can add more if needed).  By the time the milk/water is luke warm your quinoa will be soft enough.

3.  While in the saucepan I add the other ingredients and mix around but you can add them to the bowl if you wish.

It's just too easy and really only takes about 3 minutes if you have pre-prepared your apples.  If you'd like the printable version click here.

Have you tried any other fruit combinations in your quinoa? I'd love to hear about it!