Now that we’re 4 days into September, it’s unofficially Fall (we have a few weeks until the official Equinox), which means all of the delicious autumn flavors get to take center stage! Pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, butternut squash….the list goes on and on.
I decided to take my first step into fall this weekend with a delicious breakfast of cinnamon cooked apples on top of quinoa.
My brother-in-law spent the weekend with us, and gave me a challenge: cook quinoa in a way he would like (his first taste a few weeks ago left him unimpressed). My husband proudly declared his love for quinoa, and assured his brother that anything I cooked would be delicious!
We discussed the options: plain and simple, as a side dish with our dinner? Perhaps a pilaf with dried fruit and nuts? Tossed with veggies? A sweet breakfast version?
My refrigerator is currently overflowing with a variety of apples, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to showcase one of fall’s best flavors: Apple Cinnamon.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
Adapted from Epicurious
Serves 3 – 4
- 1.5 cups quinoa, soaked overnight**
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, divided
- 1 large apple, thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Toasted pecans
Drain quinoa, and rinse it well. Combine quinoa, milk, water, vanilla, and 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining cinnamon and stir to combine. Add the apples and toss until evenly coated. Pour maple syrup over apples and toss to coat.
When the quinoa is finished cooking, remove pan from from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Divide quinoa among bowls, and add a splash of milk. Top with apples and toasted pecans.
**Sarah at My New Roots has a great description of why it is important (though not 100% necessary) to soak grains before cooking them.
This was my first time making (and eating) quinoa for breakfast. Definitely a delicious alternative to oatmeal that I will have to keep in mind. I have a feeling it would be particularly delicious with pumpkin…stay tuned.
My brother-in-law has been converted–he will no longer speak badly of this little grain (or seed, to be precise). I’m glad I was able to change his mind, and even happier that he enjoyed this dish.
What are your favorite fall flavors and dishes?