Apple Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

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Guys!  I recently realized that I haven’t made anything containing quinoa in it in quite a while!  How could I have neglected this power packed superfood???  I mean, seriously, this stuff is so good for you…it’s gluten free…it’s packed with nutrition…and it lends itself in so many ways to both savory and sweet dishes!

 

 

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Don’t worry (I know you were, don’t deny it!), I remedied the situation quickly with breakfast this morning by making this super easy and super nutritious, tasty apple cinnamon raisin breakfast quinoa!  Er-mer-gerd, this stuff is amazing.  It felt like it was just pure apple cinnamony goodness melting in my mouth!  Seriously, so yummy!

Because of the add-ins, this makes for a great complete breakfast with plenty of protein, healthy fats, carbs, and of course, NUTRITION!!!  I also love this breakfast, because it kept me feeling satisfied right up until lunchtime, which is sometimes a feat in my case just because I love food so much!  Plus, the cinnamon gave me a little pep in my step to start my day!  I love this stuff!  It also makes a great substitute for oatmeal, so if you have sensitivities to oats, then this stuff is perfect for you.  However, even if you don’t have a sensitivity to oats, you will LOVE this stuff!

APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN BREAKFAST QUINOA

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 apple, cored and peeled (I used honey crisp, but you can use any kind)
  • 1/4 dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey

Directions

1.) Place the prepared apple, quinoa, and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed the water, and the apples are tender.

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2.) Remove from heat, and add the cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts to the pan.

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3.) Stir to combine, and transfer to a bowl.  Drizzle with the honey and serve.

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Dig in!  You know you want to!  Enjoy! 🙂

Red Cabbage Cooked Salad

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Oh red cabbage, you are so delicious and so good for me, but why can’t you just be more photogenic?  This red cabbage cooked salad is extremely delicious, and beyond good for you, but for the life of me, I couldn’t get a very good picture of it!

Some of the health benefits of red cabbage are outlined in the following pin.

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As you can see, there is no doubt that this vegetable is filled with nutrition!  This salad blend the perfect ingredients to give you a delicious sweet tang type of a flavor – super YUMMY!  It makes for a perfect side dish with dinner or for a light lunch.

RED CABBAGE COOKED SALAD

Ingredients – makes 2 servings

  • 1/2 head of red cabbage, washed and shredded
  • 1 apple, washed, cored, and shredded
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped.
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • pinch of stevia
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Prepare your cabbage, apple, and onion as described.

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2.)  Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes.

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3.) Add the cabbage, apple, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, and stevia.  Cook for about 7-10 minutes.

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4.) Transfer to a plate and season with sea salt.

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Okay, so the picture isn’t fantastic, but seriously, try this – you will LOVE it!  Enjoy! 🙂

Carrot Apple Cake Smoothie

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This is an extremely healthy smoothie that tastes like an extremely unhealthy cake in a glass!  No kidding!  I saw the following pin for a recipe for Apple Carrot Cupcakes.

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That sounded delicious, but of course, the recipe called for sugar and glutenous flour, etc. So, I decided to make a smoothie inspired by this recipe. The result?  AMAZING!  Gluten free, veggies, fruit, power foods all in a glass of delish!  Believe me when I say you need this smoothie in your life!

CARROT APPLE CAKE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 3/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple, cored
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of stevia, or a bit of honey (optional)
  • small handful of walnuts (optional)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

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YUMMY!

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Now you can have your cake and drink it too! 🙂  Enjoy! 🙂

Fennel, Leek, Apple, and Walnut Soup

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This soup makes for the perfect filling, yet light, lunch!  It is DELICIOUS, and it’s ingredients are packed full of nutrition!  One of the main ingredients in this soup is fennel.  Fennel has tons of health benefits, some of which are listed in the following pin.

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All those health benefits from just one of the ingredients!!!  All the other ingredients have just as many health benefits of their own, making this soup a power lunch that is just as full of flavor as it is nutrients!  Let’s get to the recipe!

FENNEL, LEEK, APPLE, AND WALNUT SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 leeks (whites and light green parts), chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1-2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • sea salt
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Directions

1.) Prepare all your ingredients.

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2.) In a large sauce pan, heat your oil over medium heat.  Add your leeks and thyme.  Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes.

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3.) Add your apples, walnuts, and fennel.  Cook for approximately 3 minutes.  Add the turmeric and cook until the fennel begins to soften.

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4.) Add the vegetable broth and increase heat to bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes until all the ingredients are very soft.

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5.) Transfer the soup to a food processor, and process until smooth.

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6.) Add the yogurt and sea salt, to taste.

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Enjoy! 🙂