Want to start your mornings a little healthier in 2014? Natural foods chef Ashley Neese shared some of her favorite healthy + hearty winter breakfasts with us this season! Her Spiced Quinoa with Apples + Dates puts a sweet spin on the super-nutritious grain. It tastes great and will power you through your day, so read on for Ashley’s recipe…
Spiced Quinoa with Apples + Dates
2 Cups + 2 Tbsps water
1 Cup quiona, rinsed well
3/4 t cardamom
Pinch of nutmeg
1/4 t sea salt
4 dates, chopped into small pieces
1 medium apple, diced and divided into 2 bowls
1/4 t turmeric
1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium size pot. Add the quinoa, cardamom, pinch of nutmeg, and salt. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes until much of the water is absorbed. This cooking method will give you a porridge-like consistency.
2. Stir in the dates and half of the apples. Continue cooking, covered, for another 5 minutes or until all of the water is gone. Turn off heat. Mix the turmeric in well and let stand a few minutes before serving.
3. Scoop into bowls and top with a small handful of diced apples. Serve warm.
The cooked quinoa will keep for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat on low with a bit of water to keep it from sticking to the pot.
Images: Ashley Neese