Since apples are in abundance during the fall season, why not take advantage of this versatile fruit? This vegetarian quinoa dish is full of apples, cinnamon and almonds and adds a fun twist to your quinoa. It makes for a nice gluten-free breakfast cereal or for a savory side dish that goes well with a salad. Very comforting and delicious!
1 cup quinoa
1¾ cup water
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
½ medium onion, chopped
½ cup carrots, peeled and shredded
1 Granny Smith apple or apple of choice, unpeeled and cubed
½ teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1 teaspoon palm sugar or your favorite sweetener
½ teaspoon sea salt
Dash of pepper
1. Rinse quinoa well and add to pot along with water. Heat to boiling and reduce to a very low simmer. Cook until liquid evaporates, about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t stir while cooking.
2. Sauté onions and carrots in pan with olive oil on medium heat, stirring occasionally. After about 5 minutes, add apples and more oil if needed. Cook until tender. Stir in cinnamon, almonds and palm sugar.
3. Mix quinoa with apple mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serves 4 to 6. Cooking time 30 minutes.
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