Apple Cinnamon Quinoa


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.

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