Quinoa with Fresh Fruits, Raisins and Candied Walnuts

I’ve heard a lot of good things about quinoa ( keen-wah) so I bought a pack from a health food store to give it a try…and I’m so glad I did.  

Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) is super-healthy, it contains lots of amino acids and iron and other minerals that are very good for us but the best part for me is that it tastes good. It has a mild nutty taste, smells a bit like mung beans and has a nice bite to eat, it’s like eating couscous or little balls of pasta.  Just google quinoa to find out more about it’s health benefits and origin. 

 
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Uncooked white quinoa.  Rinse it well before cooking to wash off the soap-like and bitter-tasting coating called saponins that acts like natural insect repellant. (got that info at the back of the packaging)

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Roasting the quinoa before cooking enhances it’s flavor. 

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cook the quinoa in water and milk for about 15 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed..   

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add more fresh milk, and fresh fruits, raisins and nuts..yummy and healthy!   

BREAKFAST QUINOA with FRESH FRUITS, RAISINS & CANDIED WALNUTS

1 cup quinoa
1 cup milk
1 cup water

Candied Walnuts
1/2 cup walnuts
3 tablespoons sugar

Fresh fruits – add your fave fruits or whatever is in season and as much as you like..
2 kiwis
2 bananas
2 mangoes
raisins
honey

Directions:
Heat a pan on medium high heat. Put quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and wash thoroughly; drain well. Put the washed quinoa in the already hot pan and pan-roast it until golden.

Put the roasted quinoa, milk and water in a saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes or until you see the germ separates from the seed; Meanwhile, make the candied walnuts by putting walnuts and sugar together in a pan, use the same one you used for the quinoa. You can put more or less sugar if you like.
Cook walnuts until sugar browns and coats the walnuts pieces.

Slice the fruits when the quinoa is already cooked. Loosen quinoa by adding fresh milk, spoon some on bowls, add slices of each fruits on top, add raisins and candied walnuts and drizzle with honey to sweeten.

Enjoy! :)

 

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