Is it December? Seriously? The last handful of months have been an absolute whirlwind with work, and writing and my very busy 2.5 year old boy requiring lots of entertainment and focus, not to mention all of the other every day things that eat up our seconds and minutes and hours. I have another two weeks of work coming up that will keep me occupied and then the slow pace of the winter months in the fashion and TV world will enable me to pull up my socks and get back to putting out new content here on the blog, each week. I have a handful of recipes, already shot, just waiting to be written, and a dozen contests and giveaways to look forward to. Speaking of which, way back in August I ran a Go Go Quinoa contest. I received lots of really delicious and interesting sounding recipes from readers, but the one that really made me drool was a simple breakfast recipe. Breakfast is the one meal, as a vegan, that I often lack inspiration for. I am not the kind of person to eat pancakes, french toast and other heavy things upon rising, unless it's a special occasion or my son demands them. I can only have so much chia pudding, fresh fruit or green smoothies before I start to get a little bored. So the submission of this Hot Quinoa Cereal with Apples and Cinnamon was welcome, and therefor crowned - the winner!
The first time I made this, I think I may have left earth for a moment. It was sublime. Deliciously sweet - but not too sweet. Protein packed and light in your tummy.
I have touched on quinoa in past posts. It is an absolutely fantastic source for complete protein in any diet. It is also grain free, and therefor, gluten free as well. It also happens to be a high source of calcium, making it another go to food for plant based diets, those who have dairy intolerance or allergies. On top of all of that, it offers up dietary fiber and phosphorus and lots of magnesium and iron; a true superfood.
Hot Quinoa Apple Cinnamon Cereal
1/3 cup of dried quinoa, well rinsed
2/3 cup of water
1 Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (almonds, cashews or pecans work nicely as well)
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of Earth Balance butter substitute
1 tsp of pure maple syrup
Pour the water and the dried quinoa into a small sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 - 12 minutes or until water is absorbed. While the quinoa is cooking, melt the Earth Balance in a separate sauce pan. Add the apples, raisins, nuts, cinnamon and maple syrup. Simmer until the raisins are plump. Once the quinoa is cooked, add the fruit and nut mixture. Combine and serve.