I’m getting ready to bake up the traditional German Lebkuchen this morning and I know in my heart that I won’t be able to resist sampling along the way. With this in mind, I decided I should at least start the morning off on a healthy foot and not just get jazzed on java. So, I just made and devoured a delicious, quick, warm breakfast of Nutty Maple Quinoa.
This is my cousin’s recipe and I must share:
12 oz. package quinoa
2 c water
1/2 c dried cherries, chopped
1/2 c raw almonds, chopped
1 T fresh ground cinnamon
1 T maple syrup
Place one cup quinoa and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. (I used 1/2 c quinoa and 1 c water and it was perfect for a hearty individual breakfast). Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (10-15 minutes). Toss in the remaining ingredients and serve as a warm alternative to oatmeal or cereal.
Of course, in real life, one can short cut the recipe by using what is on hand—I had sliced almonds and already ground cinnamon. I also just drizzled on the maple syrup to taste and sprinkled the cinnamon. Those of you who free form recipes like I tend to do will recognize yourself. Those who like to stick to the measurements will also be rewarded with deliciousness!