Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge


Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 02-Aug-2016

A hot cereal for breakfast is a great way to start the day. This version is a twist on traditional porridge, using quinoa simmered in milk with apple pieces giving you new flavours but with all of the traditional, creamy comfort you expect.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) white or 3-colour blend quinoa
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 2 cups (500 mL) 1% milk
  • 1 large red apple, diced
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped toasted nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)
  • Additional ground cinnamon, to taste

Directions:

  • In a deep, medium-size saucepan, whisk flour, sugar and cinnamon into milk. Stir in quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring often, for 20 minutes. Stir in diced apple, cover and simmer, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until quinoa and apple pieces are tender. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with nuts or sunflower seeds (if desired) and cinnamon. Add a hint of maple syrup or brown sugar, if desired. Tips: Quinoa can have a bitter coating, called saponin, on the surface of the grain. Most quinoa sold is pre-rinsed but it’s best to rinse it just in case. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well under cold, running water and drain well. Use a deep pan when simmering recipes using milk, as it tends to bubble up. Keep a close eye on the pan and lift the lid and stir frequently to make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Use an apple variety that holds its flavour when cooked, such as Empire, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Idared or Spartan.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Makes: 4 servings

Source: www.heartandstroke.com (recipe provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada).


Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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