Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Cranberry Quinoa - Breakfast on "C" day


It's "C" day and for breakfast I used CRANBERRIES

I made Cranberry Quinoa with walnuts and honey. This is such a delicious, hearty and comforting meal on any morning, especially cold ones. Or you can eat this any time of the day. I have never thought of eating quinoa for breakfast before, till now.

Servings: 2

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk (to your desired consistency)
2 tsp butter
2 tsp brown sugar (to your taste preference)
1/4 - 1/2 cup dried cranberries (check the nutritional info...more on this later)
honey, to taste


1. Rinse the quinoa in a bowl or fine strainer until the water runs clear. Fill a medium saucepan with water and salt. Bring to a boil, then stir in the quinoa. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook until the quinoa has absorbed almost all the water, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set the quinoa aside to steam and finish cooking.

2.  Meanwhile, heat the walnut pieces in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast, tossing the pan often, until they smell good and darken some in colour, 3 - 5 minutes. Remove them to a plate to cool.

3.  Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Then place the quinoa pan over medium low heat. Stir in the milk, butter and brown sugar. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring often and adding more milk until it's as thick or thin as you like. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts. Pour the quinoa into bowls and drizzle to taste with honey.

Tip: When purchasing dried cranberries, always check the nutritional info on the back, as there are so many brands that have loads of sugar and ZERO Vitamin C. I found these at my local health food store and they have No sugar added, they actually have Vitamin C and they're unsulphured. Sulphur dioxide is used by some manufacturers when drying fruit to lock in the colour of the fruit. The problem is that sulphur dioxide can trigger an asthma attack in some people with this condition. It is always best to buy unsulphured and unsweetened dried cranberries. And, NO, they are not sour at all, they are still sweet and super delicious!


They are so rich in antioxidants and contain numerous substances that may offer protection from tooth cavities, urinary tract infections and inflammatory diseases. Drinking cranberry juice alone does not provide you with all the photo-nutrients, as they are mostly located in the fleshy skin of the berry.

1 cup, whole, fresh

Fiber  9.2%

Manganese  9%
Vitamin C  8.8%
Vitamin E  4%
Copper 3.3%
Pantothenic Acid  3%  (Vitmain B5)
Vitamin K  2.8%

Are you eating Cranberries?

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