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Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Some of you may be asking, quinoa for breakfast? Well yes, quinoa served warm, with it’s nutty taste and chewy texture, pairs beautifully with fresh crisp autumn apples, golden raisins, pecans, warm milk, vanilla and cinnamon – a delightful breakfast that is both protein packed and comforting.

I just love the flavor sensations from each spoonful – the sweetness of the raisins, the pop from the quinoa, and the crunch of the apple and pecans. Fresh pears and cranberries would also make a wonderful alternative to
apples and raisins. If you like your cereal a little sweeter you can
drizzle it with a teaspoon of honey just before eating.  One bowl will keep you fueled and satisfied until lunch.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a hunger-curbing and power-packed nutritional all-star.  Loaded with satiating protein (8 grams per cup) and filling fiber (5 grams per cup), this superfood digests slowly, which keeps blood sugar and insulin levels steady. You’ll also get impressive doses of doses of thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium and selenium, along with 15 percent of your daily iron needs. No wonder the ancient Incas, who considered the crop sacred, referred to quinoa as the mother of all grains!

Be sure to rinse the quinoa well before cooking to rinse off the saponins which has a slightly bitter flavor.  I like to warm my milk up, then pour it in right before serving. Enjoy!

Nutritional information for quinoa provided by Heather K Jones[1], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bowl (1/4 of recipe) • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
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

Directions:

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.

Divide cooked quinoa between four bowls then stir in apple sauce, raisins, and pour in warmed milk. Top with fresh cut apples and pecans and a dash of cinnamon.

Makes 4 servings. You can divide the recipe to make 2 servings.

References

  1. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

Don’t you love the smell of homemade oatmeal cookies baking in the oven!

Once a month I contribute a skinny dessert recipe to Dash Recipes[1]. If you love a moist, chewy oatmeal cookie, you’ll just love these! Under 200 calories, and 5 points plus for 2 cookies. Please visit Dash Recipes for the complete Skinny Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies Recipe[2].

I usually use quick oats in my oatmeal cookies because I prefer the end result, but rolled oats will work just fine in any of these recipes.  

For the chocolate lover, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies[3] will hit the spot!

For the pumpkin obsessed! These chewy, Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies[4] made with quick oats, pumpkin, and chopped pecans will bring delight with every bite.

And my personal favorite, Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies[5] taste like banana nut bread, but in a cookie.

Enjoy!

References

  1. ^ Dash Recipes (www.dashrecipes.com)
  2. ^ Skinny Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies Recipe (bit.ly)
  3. ^ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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