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Hearty Quinoa Breakfast

What you need: 

1 cup red quinoa (Alter Eco sells a fair trade quinoa)
2 cups water
1 fresh orange (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup dates
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts)

What you do: 

1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Place in pan with water and bring to a boil. Add juice of an orange (if you have one) a bit of orange peel and pumpkin pie spice. Cover and simmer as you would with rice.
2. When the quinoa has almost absorbed all the water, add dates and dried apricots; cook until quinoa and fruit are soft.
3. Remove from heat and stir in nuts.
If you have sweet dates you shouldn't need to add any sweetener but if your dates aren't farmers market fresh you might want to.
I eat this almost every morning. Its filling and tasty.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 


I can't believe I haven't reviewed this recipe yet. I have been eating it almost every morning for breakfast for the two years or so since I saw it here. I do it a little differently, but the concept is the same. Red quinoa, plus almonds, cashes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, currants, shaved coconut, sometimes some cinnamon or a splash of juice, sometimes a splash of coconut milk if I have it, some coconut oil and flax oil at the end. This is SO delicious. Even though it's my daily routine, I get excited about it every single day. I often have to bring potlucks to events that are out of state or otherwise far away, and cooking can be so hard when you're on the go. I always bring small bags of all these dry ingredients and make breakfast for my potluck. People are always impressed with all the mixin's, and we feel full and energized till lunchtime. Make this breakfast - it's good for you!

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