Yesterday was the first official day of Fall, but it sure didn't feel like it, with temps in the high 80's. It's slowly making it's presence known though, with daylight hours getting shorter, the leaves starting to turn colors, and the nights cooler. One of the first things that starts showing up on my menu as Fall approaches is apples. So I've been on an apple kick the last several weeks, and can't seem to get enough of them. Hence all the apple recipes I've been sharing.
This breakfast quinoa is super fast and easy to make, because instead of regular quinoa you use quinoa flakes, which is simply quinoa that has been rolled into a very thin flake. It's cooked in the microwave, so you can prepare it and be sitting down to eat in less than 5 minutes, which is a big plus on busy mornings.
Quinoa with it's nutty taste, pairs beautifully with fresh, sweet apples, and the warmth of apple pie spice. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a nutritional power-house that's packed with protein and fiber, as well as 15% of your recommended dose of iron for the day. It also digests slowly, which not only keeps you full and satisfied, but helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels steady as well.
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Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
Small pinch of salt
1/3 cup quinoa cereal flakes (I use Gluten Free Ancient Harvest)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 of a small gala apple, chopped
Splash of milk
Dash of cinnamon
Stir applesauce, sugar, apple pie spice, and salt together in a microwave safe bowl.
Add the quinoa flakes and water, and stir gently to combine.
Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute.
Stir, then top with chopped apple, milk, and cinnamon.
Taste for sweetness and add more sugar if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving.
Note: *Chopped walnuts or pecans would be a great addition.
*To make this vegetarian/vegan, use almond or canned coconut milk instead of regular milk.
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