Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On My Hearth: Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Hurricane Sandy made her way past Florida over the weekend, leaving just a few downed tree branches in her wake.  Whew! Big sigh of relief for us but my heart goes out to others along the East Coast who were not as fortunate.

As often happens, our post-storm weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  Last evening Chip lit a fire in the pit and we enjoyed happy hour on our patio.  

This morning donned even more bright and beautiful with a low of 47 degrees! After taking Loki for a breezy little walk, I did a search for something warm & cozy to put in my tummy.  This recipe for Breakfast Quinoa from Skinnytaste hit the spot!


                   Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Recipe By     :   Skinnytaste.com
Serving Size  : 4    

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  1                cup  quinoa -- rinsed well
  1 1/2           cups  water
  1                tsp  cinnamon -- plus more for sprinkling
  2                tsp  vanilla extract
     1/2           cup  unsweetened applesauce
     1/4           cup  golden raisins
  1                cup non-fat milk  -- warmed (
I used almond milk)
  1                     gala apple -- peeled and diced
     1/4           cup  pecans -- chopped
(I used walnuts)

Combine quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes until quinoa can be fluffed with a fork.

Divide cooked quinoa between four bowls then stir in apple sauce, raisins, and pour in warmed milk. Top with fresh cut apples and pecans and a dash of cinnamon.

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Per Serving (according to Mastercook): 297 Calories; 8g Fat (24.6% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 50g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 21mg Sodium.  

NOTES : Makes 4 servings. You can divide the recipe to make 2 servings.



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