Here in Estonia, the season is slowly changing to autumn and this means loads of produce from vine ripe tomatoes to mushrooms in the forests. And of course, loads of apples. Apples are the superstar here in this breakfast bowl.
I never peel apples if I know where they are from – most of the nutrients are directly under the skin and I don’t see any reason to waste them. The other very nutritious part of the apple is its seeds, so I often eat those too. To use in recipes, I still prefer to remove the cores for smoother results.
It is also important to know which type of apples you are working with as they range from very sweet to very tart. So just have a taste before you mix the apples with the sugar and add a little less or more sugar if you feel like it. The amount given here is for medium sweet apples but bear in mind that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and the recipe here is meant as breakfast, not a dessert. Of course, you can enjoy the breakfast bowl any other time too and if you feel that you need a dessert instead, a scoop of vanilla ice cream would make a nice addition.
The recipe itself is super simple, especially if you have some leftover quinoa waiting to be used up. Just cube the apple, mix with sugar and cinnamon, throw in the oven, and while apples are baking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Easy breezy.
Roasted Quinoa & Apple Breakfast Bowl
Cooking time: 20 min
1 cup apple cubes (if using homegrown apples, do not peel)
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 tsp coconut oil
6-7 pecan halves
Preheat the oven to 450F.
Mix the apple cubes with sugar and cinnamon and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes until they soften a little.
In the meantime, toast the nuts in a dry pan and set them aside.
Melt the coconut oil in the same pan and warm up the quinoa until a little crispy.
As soon as the apples are cooked place everything in the bowl and enjoy while warm.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves healthy food and cooking and for her, these two are often the same thing. Cooking meals from scratch, you know exactly what goes in it and even without holding back with sugar or fat we end up using a lot less compared to ready-made frozen stuff from the supermarket.
She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!"
Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: http://www.kahvliga.ee/.
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