Quinoa is naturally loaded with protein and fiber making it a perfect nutritious start to a productive day. It has a light fluffy texture and slight nutty flavor. It is also gluten-free.
I have to admit I never tried quinoa before and am happy I did since it opens up a lot of possibilities.
1 c. red quinoa, rinsed
2 c. water
1 Tbsp. oil (I used walnut)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 c. dried apricots, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 c. golden raisins
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. quark (a ricotta substitute)
1. In a small saucepan, cover the quinoa with water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15-20 minutes. Lightly fluff with a fork and cover it again.
2. In a medium skillet heat oil and add almonds. Cook over medium stirring a few times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add apricots, raisins, maple syrup, orange zest and cinnamon and stir until heated through.
3. Add quinoa to the skillet and stir gently to mix. Top each portion with a dollop of quark.
*all ingredients except maple syrup are available at the Green Barn