Thursday, January 9, 2014

Quinoa Breakfast Bake

I bet your Mamma told you growing up that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. I am not sure if that is really true but I always seem to do better when I eat something healthy for breakfast and don't skip it. And a little planning a head of time can get you out the door in no time with a delicous, nutricious breakfast to get your day off on the right foot! 

I really like variety so I can't eat the same bowl of cold cereal everyday. I get board easily, so it is fun to find new things that will be both nutritious and delicious to start the day out right!  I found this yummy breakfast idea recipe on Pinterest called Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake and since we are trying to eat healthier I decided to give it a try today!  

Quinoa is a grain that has been around a long time but just recently gained a lot of popularity for it's health benefits.  It quite often is referred to as a "super grain" and was thought by the Incas to increase Stamina in their warriors!  It is a food rich in protein and fiber along with other vital nutrients our body needs to keep us healthy.  If you are interested in reading  benefits of eating Quinoa, check out this article from Forbes.

Quinoa Breakfast Bake
1 cup uncooked Quinoa
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves
2 apples peeled, cored, and diced
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 eggs
2 cups skim milk (she uses vanilla soy milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup chopped or sliced almonds

Directions:  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix uncooked quinoa and spices in bowl and place in sprayed, 7" x 11" or 8" square baking dish.  Sprinkle the diced apples and raisins on top of quinoa in dish (I skipped the raisins... my family is not a fan). In same bowl whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup.  Pour over quinoa and spices and sprinkle with almonds.  Bake in the 350 degree oven for about an hour.  Makes 6 servings 269 calories and 7 p+ on ww plan. 

Notes:  Cool, cover and refrigerate any uneaten portions for breakfast later on in the week.  To serve, place on microwave safe plate and microwave until warm. Good served with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top!  This is a great way to plan ahead so you don't skip breakfast!

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Measure 1 cup uncooked Quinoa into a bowl

Add spices and stir

Mix vanilla into milk

Add milk to eggs and whisk well

The  recipe calls for 2 apples, these were really small apples,
so I used 4 (minus a few slices for munching on!)

Wash, peel, core, and dice apples into small bite size pieces 

Stir 1/4 cup pure maple syrup in milk/egg mixture

Pour dry Quinoa and spices into bottom of a sprayed baking dish.
Place chopped apples over the quinoa and pour milk/egg mixture over that

Sprinkle sliced or chopped almonds on top, depending what you have on hand

Bake for about an hour until set and liquid is absorbed

Cut in six slices

serve with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt

Starting my day out right,

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