This recipe is mom-approved. It can be prepared with a semi-discontent (aka, tired because he didn’t sleep well and woke up too early) baby immediately on hand.
Can you believe this is my first time ever preparing quinoa? It may even be the first time I’ve actually eaten quinoa. And I say I’m interested in eating healthfully… Shame on me!
If you’ve never tried quinoa before, don’t be intimidated by its impressive rap sheet (a stand-alone complete protein, easy to digest, more protein than any other grain, 3 g fiber per serving, gluten-free). It’s as easy as rice. Admittedly, I struggle to cook rice without sticking it to the bottom of the pan, but that’s more a result of my impatience and distraction than the actual difficulty level.
Quinoa has a fun texture, the apples add a nice, fresh flavor, and the brown sugar and cinnamon make this taste like typical oatmeal – all jazzed up.
The original recipe is from Weight Watchers; I halved their recipe but used almost the same amounts of butter (in my case, light margarine – go ahead and cry now, clean eaters), brown sugar and cinnamon that their recipe calls for. My adapted recipe:
Quinoa and Apple Breakfast Cereal
Makes 3 servings
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 Tbsp. light margarine
1 medium fresh apple, diced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1/8 c. skim milk
Soak the quinoa in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Rinse and drain. Bring 1 cup of cold water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil for 1 minute, then cover tightly and simmer for 10 minutes, until quinoa is done (a little tail will appear on each grain).
While quinoa is cooking, spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Melt 1/2 Tbsp. light margarine in the skillet, then add the diced apples and cook until apples are soft and beginning to caramelize, about 5-10 minutes.
Remove cooked quinoa from heat and fluff with a fork. Add remaining 1/2 Tbsp. light margarine, cinnamon, brown sugar, milk and apples. Stir to combine.