Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Concoction

Quinoa? For brunch? I know, it’s not exactly your first thought when you think of you what will make for breakfast with your friends. You think of pancakes, quiche, eggs, fruit, toast but, for some reason, quinoa never comes to mind, yet it’s such a versatile ingredient! The fact that it has a plain taste makes it really easy to cook something original with it.

I personally adore going out for brunch, but I always find it frustrating when people make little to no effort to serve something different. Granted, if someone came to me with frog’s legs toast served with cinnamon ketchup hollandaise sauce and blood pudding flavored scrambled eggs, I would be a little skeptical to try it. That being, said, jumping out of your comfort zone is not that bad once in a while.

If you love that cinnamon raisin smell in the morning, this recipe is right up your alley. En plus, it’s healthy! Quinoa is a wonderful ingredient; high in protein, gluten-free, filled with riboflavin (helps reduce migraines) and low in calories, who could ask for anything more!

I was inspired by a few recipes I found on Yummly. If you don’t know this website, you really should. You enter an ingredient or a food and it gives you tons of different recipes to choose from! It’s like a culinary Pinterest, but it’s better!

The aromas in the kitchen are bewitching. You’ll want to make this every weekend, trust me.

Personally, I would serve this dish as a side dish to eggs because it brings a sweet taste to a savoury meal…but that’s just my humble opinion.

For a large portion to bring to brunch, you will need:

1 cup dry quinoa

1 ½  cups water

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup pecans

1 red apple, chopped

Combine the water, quinoa, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan and let it boil. Reduce your heat to simmer and let it cook for 15 minutes, or until quinoa seems fluffy.

            Put the cooked quinoa in a bowl and stir in the applesauce, pecans, raisins, and apple. Sprinkle the top with some cinnamon and let sit for 30 minutes.  Enjoy! Your guests will either love it for its originality and taste, or hate the idea, but in the end, even they will love it too.

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