​Surprise Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe - A Great Meal Idea!

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I bet you’ve had quinoa before, and of course, you have probably snacked on an apple, too.

But have you tried these two together? I mean, combined in ONE dish?

If you haven’t then you’re missing out! This apple cinnamon quinoa recipe that I’m about to share with you will explode a great new flavor in your mouth, which will make you want to munch this dish day after day!

I am serious…

It’s like your tongue, your tummy, your entire body is saying, “Wow, I love this stuff!” It tastes amazing and it makes your body feel spectacular.

And why wouldn’t it? It’s all great food that’s prepared with love and with very minimal processing (by processing, we’re talking about the drying of cranberries, cooking the quinoa and the apple…).

This is how God wants us to eat food - to consume them in their natural state as much as possible. The least processed it is, the better. And when you are paying attention to your health and treating your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit that it really is, this is your way of showing God how much you love Him.

When you love your body, you are also loving God!

So let’s prepare to shower our body with love from healthy food that comes only from God with this nourishing, satisfying, and nutritious apple cranberry quinoa recipe!

​Why Quinoa is Good For You


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So if you have not known yet, quinoa is actually a seed and not a grain. 

It originated in Mexico, and this is a nutrient-dense food that’s a great substitute for your rice.

Quinoa is a high-protein food that’s gluten-free, and it’s just one of the very few plant-based foods that has a great amount of 9 essential amino acids. 

There’s also fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, vitamin E, potassium, iron, and magnesium in quinoa, along with other beneficial antioxidants.

A cup of cooked (185 grams) quinoa, for instance, has about 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and more than 10 percent of the RDA for B6, B2, and B1. 

Another great thing about quinoa is that it is rich in folate. 

Pregnant women and the elderly need folate as this essential nutrient provides energy to the body. But of course, it is also essential no matter what stage of life you are in whether it is adolescence, pregnancy, or your senior years. This B-vitamin is necessary to make healthy white and red blood cells, produce RNA and DNA, and convert carbs into energy. 

Whether you eat the black, white, or red variety of quinoa, it is guaranteed that it is packed with so much goodness in every bite.

What’s the best quinoa to buy? Here’s my grocery store discovery video to help you pick out the best quinoa among the rest!

​I would also like to add that this plant has flavonoids, which are antioxidants that support your health in the cellular level. Kaempferol and quercitin are among the two flavonoids present in quinoa. These antioxidants contain molecules proven to have anti-depressant, anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Isn’t that amazing how many health benefits you can get by eating this superfood?

Combine that with the other ingredients in our apple cranberry quinoa recipe, and your health will soar to the roof!

​How to Enjoy the Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe

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You are probably wondering if this recipe is a lunch dish, breakfast, snack, dinner, etc..

Actually, you can use this dish as any of those meals!

You can serve it warm like porridge for breakfast, cold just like a hearty dessert or snack, or served with kale salad, cauliflower pesto, or other dishes for lunch or dinner.

It’s definitely one of my family’s favorites in the Healthy Treasures Cookbook, which I recommend that you check out for meal ideas. This is a handy, comprehensive resource of healthy and tasty meals that you can prepare for your family and guests during special occasions. 

Going back to this apple cinnamon quinoa recipe…

This recipe is such a tasty treat as it contains natural ingredients that add flavor to this dish. There’s the sweet and tangy flavor of orange juice, the aromatic sweetness of maple syrup, and the somewhat tart taste of cranberries, and apples.

I use natural cranberries - no added sugar, but just naturally dried. So the flavor remains intact, and most importantly, the nutrients. It’s a great fruit that’s loaded with magnesium, which can benefit people who have leg cramps or muscle twitches. These are common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, so if you are experiencing these things, you need to get some magnesium in your body. 

It’s bursting with flavor and aroma that complements the nutty taste of cooked quinoa!

Oh, and don’t forget cinnamon...

With all of these natural flavors blended together, it is like a symphony playing on your taste buds and in sync with each other.

​Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe

​A delightful recipe that’s protein and vitamin-rich!

Sweet Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe with Tart and Healthy Cranberries

This zesty apple quinoa cinnamon recipe will blow your mind! Be the first among your friends and family to try this fascinating new dish with a delightful flavor and loads of nutrients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: apple cinnamon quinoa
Author: Annette Reeder

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (720 ml) quinoa, cooked (see recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) minced shallots substitute green onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 3-3 apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine olive oil, cranberries, shallots, orange juice, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
  • Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the apple and quinoa. Stir well until it forms a thick and smooth mixture
  • Add the apple and quinoa into the mixture in the pan.
  • Serve warm or cold.
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Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-

I’m a christian nutritionist.  I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit.  I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.

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