Baked Apple Quinoa
Something healthy for a change …
This may seem obvious but I had forgotten about all of the stuff that I froze for later from the CSA boxes like apples, peaches, etc and that those count toward my whole year long experience. It’s a no-brainer but I had just not thought about how I was going to use them all so I didn’t even remember to blog about it until now. And, after all of the sweets and cookies of Christmas, I am not even close to being interested in an apple pie. So, I googled up some apple breakfast bake ideas and found this:
Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa, from www.Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bowl (1/4 of recipe) • Calories: 316 • Fat: 8 g • Carbs: 53 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 20 g Sodium: 35 mg Ingredients:
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp cinnamon + more for sprinkling
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup warmed fat-free milk for drizzling (non-dairy milk is fine)
- 1 gala apple, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Combine quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes until quinoa can be fluffed with a fork. Add apples and other ingredients, bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.
I bought some quinoa months ago and always felt weird about cooking because I’m not even sure how to pronounce it properly. I think the official hipster pronounciation is “keen-wah” but … what the heck do I know? It’s supposed to be good for you so I thought I would try it.
Of course, I made some modifications to the cooking process. I added a ton more cinnamon than the recipe called for and, thankfully, a ton more apples and a healthy sprinkle of those walnuts that I candied a while back. (You’ll see why later.) Here’s some photos for those of you that don’t like reading:
I thought about putting some of that salted caramel apple butter in it but then decided not to … I would regret this choice later.
This photo is a too dark but I just wanted to show you what the whole mess looked like in the baking pan.
Here’s a better, slightly more edible-looking, view.
Final results? Bleck. Clearly, “keen-wah” translates to “tastes like dirt” in some healthy-hippie language. I rinsed the quinoa as instructed but it really did taste bad. I think adding the apple butter would have sweetened the mixture but I’m not sure that it would have saved the batch. I mostly picked the apples and walnuts out and ate them to just not waste the big pan of crap that I made. Yuck.
Any one successful with a quinoa adventure out there with some “make it taste better” advice? It was dirt poop. Gross.