Recipe: Toasted Quinoa with Honey

Quinoa is what is known as a “super grain” because it is one of the few plant foods to provide complete protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup acidic fruit such as black or raspberries, peaches, or plums
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the fruit and if using peaches or plums peel them and chop them into ½ inch cubes, leave berries whole.  In a non-stick saucepan with high edges, melt the 1 teaspoon of butter over medium-high and sauté the fruit until it releases juices and starts to fall apart.  Take off the heat and set the fruit aside.
  2. Add the tablespoon of butter to the saucepan and heat until it is melted and the foaming has subsided.  Add the quinoa and sauté until it is toasted and smalls faintly nutty, about 2 minutes (don’t leave the stove and forget about the quinoa, because it will begin to pop like popcorn and create a big mess).
  3. Add the water, milk, salt, and honey and stir until well combined.  Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then reduce it to a low simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, toast the walnuts in the oven at 300 degrees or in a pan over medium-low heat until they are slightly darkened and become fragrant. 
  5. When the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, stir in the walnuts, top with cinnamon, and serve with a side of honey.