Here in western Washington State we’ve still got some chilly mornings. This week has been gorgeous here in western Washington and I’m crossing my fingers the weather stays that way for a while, especially while I’m preparing our garden beds outside for our vegetables. But the mornings are still chilly and warm breakfast dishes are very welcome.
Still, even warm mornings are fitting for a warm, comforting breakfast and here’s a wholesome breakfast dish you can enjoy any time of year. It’s a dish very similar to one that my mom made when we were growing up. It tasted delicious then and it tastes delicious now. And it’s super easy to make!
Instead of your usual oatmeal, try this warm quinoa cereal. Packed with protein, quinoa is one of the healthiest grains on the planet and the only grain that is a complete protein. With the warmth of cinnamon, the tanginess of apple and the sweetness of plump raisins, this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa cereal is wonderfully flavorful and soul-satisfying.
Let’s get started!
Thoroughly rinse and drain the quinoa. Quinoa contains a coating of saponin which can be toxic at worst and really bitter tasting at best.
Add the rinsed and drained quinoa to a medium saucepan with the apple cider.
Add all remaining ingredients except for the butter and honey and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender.
Stir in the butter and honey and serve immediately.
You can eat it as is or add a little milk, which I prefer.
For some added deliciousness you can also add a dollop or two of your favorite vanilla yogurt.
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa ,thoroughly rinsed and drained
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 cup finely chopped apple ,peeled and cored
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts ,e.g., pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil (vegan: use coconut oil or butter substitute)
- 2 tablespoons honey (vegan: use agave *You can omit the honey if you prefer, the raisins already add some sweetness)
- Place everything except for the butter and honey in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender. Stir in the butter and honey.
- Serve immediately as is or add some milk to the bowl and/or a dollop of vanilla yogurt (vegan: use vegan yogurt and plant-based milk such as cashew, almond or rice milk).