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Breakfast Quinoa with Cranberries and Apples

March 31, 2011

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the wonder grain and one of the best plant sources of protein. It’s loaded with protein, fiber and is gluten-free. It’s so versatile, and when my sister came across this recipe in Ellie Krieger’s book, “So Easy”, she told me I had to test it out. I changed the recipe slightly using Pink Lady apples, more cranberries and walnuts instead of pecans. It was out of this world. Her recipe suggests to top it with milk, honey and cinnamon, but it was great all by itself. I love it because it’s so easy, filling and has no added sugar. It’s also bursting with great flavor. My kids loved it too, and I enjoyed serving them a hot healthy breakfast.

Breakfast Quinoa with Cranberries and Walnuts

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
11/3 cups quinoa
22/3 cups water
1 Pink Lady apple, cored and cut into chunks
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
1 Skim or soy milk, honey, cinnamon (optional)
1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, if needed (I purchased the pre-rinsed quinoa).

2. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add apples and cranberries; cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes more or until water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Top quinoa with toasted nuts and serve with milk, honey and cinnamon, if desired.


22 Responses to “Breakfast Quinoa with Cranberries and Apples”
April, 12 2011at 10:10 am
I eat quinoa all the time, but I can't believe that I have never tried it for breakfast. Will do tomorrow. Thanks.
Valerie says:
March, 31 2011at 06:41 am
OMG! Genius!
March, 31 2011at 07:17 am
As you may have seen from my post on breakfast quinoa... it's just a magically delicious (and filling) way to start the day. Another great recipe here. So simple and so flavorful.
March, 31 2011at 08:39 am
This looks perfect for the cold & rainy morning we're having in DC.
Kelley says:
March, 31 2011at 09:21 am
I need to mix it up a little from my usual oatmeal routine - this looks great!
Julie says:
March, 31 2011at 09:46 am
Fantastic recipe! Can't wait to make this
Sally says:
March, 31 2011at 10:03 am
OMG! How awesome is this! On my grocery list as we speak
April, 02 2011at 11:16 pm
Love quinoa...and have been looking for a different breakfast recipe. This one sounds great!!
March, 31 2011at 10:24 am
Yum! I love quinoa for breakfast!!
Elle says:
March, 31 2011at 11:32 am
I *need* to try quinoa for breakfast! Seems like all the cool kids are doing it. Love this!
Maria says:
March, 31 2011at 11:41 am
My kind of breakfast!
March, 31 2011at 12:15 pm
What a healthy delicious breakfast.Fantastic!
Delishhh says:
March, 31 2011at 03:54 pm
OH love it, i am going to try this for breakfast!
March, 31 2011at 05:10 pm
I love recipes like this. I live on oatmeal and museli for breakfast, but have never tried breakfast quinoa -- I usually save that for dinner! Looking forward to trying something new.
March, 31 2011at 05:58 pm
Ok, I can't wait to try this for breaky!! Sounds (and looks) divine!! Mary xo Delightful Bitefuls
March, 31 2011at 06:54 pm
I've been eating quinoa for breakfast a lot recently too, I just love it's nutty taste.
Aggie says:
April, 01 2011at 07:43 am
I have only had quinoa in savory dishes...I need to try this! Looks delicious and SO healthy!
Winnie says:
April, 01 2011at 11:47 am
I love this! ps I eat leftover quinoa for breakfast all the time :)
April, 01 2011at 01:15 pm
I made this ahead of time, and 4 days later it is still fresh and wonderful!
April, 02 2011at 08:33 pm
I love quinoa, but have never made it for breakfast. This looks yummy, and I'll try it for sure!
April, 14 2011at 11:54 pm
sounds crunchy and delicious!
summer says:
February, 18 2014at 04:04 pm
This recipe sounds great. Does anyone know if it is good reheated?

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