Quinoa is a gluten-free, low-fat, high-protein seed from a South American whole grain. 1 cup of plain, cooked quinoa contains 8.14g of protein and 222 calories. Here is a yummy snack I’ve made for years and really enjoy, especially when you just need a few quick bites from the fridge of something easy-on-the-stomach before you dash out the door on a run:
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 cups organic apple juice
- 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
- 1/2 cup diced pecans
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
In a sauce pan, warm the oil (could use butter if you prefer, or skip this all together), then add rinsed quinoa, stir around on high heat for about 5 mins until the quinoa starts to toast and look a little golden brown. Then add the apple juice, stir, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20-25 mins. Pour cooked quinoa into a bowl and set aside to cool to room temp. Once cooled, stir in cinnamon, cranberries, and pecans. I prefer to eat it chilled from the fridge. Keeps well for a week at least.
It’s almost like a healthy waldorf salad- in fact feel free to add celery bits and apple chunks if you want. Flexible recipe. Play with different juice/broth, nuts, and fruit/veggie combinations. The general principle with quinoa is the 2:1 ratio of liquid to dry quinoa and it will pick up the flavor of whatever you add to it.