Quinoa is a protein rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It cooks in a similar manner as rice. Along with the many other gluten free foods available, quinoa and a less gluten diet seem to have the following health benefits:
•Reduced joint pain
With school starting next week, who doesn't need a better mood and more energy to get though the day. Shake up your morning and give Breakfast Quinoa a try.
Any leftover quinoa can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the microwave for about 1 minute on 70% power before serving.
1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
1/2 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cups water or milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup dried fruits (such as apricots, cranberries, raisins), chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
In a medium sized saucepan, add almonds, quinoa, water or milk, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed (just like when cooking rice). Remove from heat and stir to fluff.
To serve, place about 1 cup of the cooked quinoa in a bowl and top with 1/4 cup of the dried fruits, about 2 teaspoons of butter and a tablespoon of the brown sugar.