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#plantPOWER Round II: Q is for…Quinoa Apple Bake!

Posted Feb 17 2013 11:43am

Let’s kick the week off with some #plantPOWER “p” highlights!

@berrblue got her dose of “p” with raw pecans!

“P is for PECANS. Delicious healthy fats.” Amen, sister!

Stefanie ( @stefaniebrower ) made a beautiful porridge!

“Superfood porridge’ this morning. So delicious!!!! Banana, spinach, lemon juice, water, chia seeds in the vitamix. The chia seeds full of fiber and protein make it thick like oatmeal. Then added chopped apple, raisin, agave nectar.”

Awesome job, ladies! Keep up the great work on all of your #plantPOWER meals and snacks. :-)

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Today is “q” day! Kasey and I went the obvious route and decided to highlight quinoa. This seed is a staple in our #plantPOWER diets. Not only is quinoa a complete protein but it’s also packed with B vitamins, fiber, and iron.

I whipped up today’s recipe on a cold, snowy Sunday morning. The snow was gently blowing around my yard and the wind was gently pushing the trees to sway back and forth, causing the excess snow to fall to the ground. It was a blustery day, as our friend Winnie the Pooh would say. When it’s cold outside, I want something warm and comforting in my belly. The warmth I can’t get from the weather is what I crave for my body. (Despite being raised in New England, I’m a Cali girl at heart. Fo sho.)

Serves 1 -2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  15 minutes

Ingredients

  •  1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 Mcintosh apple, diced
  • 1 Tbsp organic raisins
  • 1 Tbsp raw almonds, halved
  • 1 Tbsp pecans, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • Generous pinch of rosemary
  • Dash of salt and pepper
 
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Cook quinoa as directed.
  • Drain quinoa and pour back into sauce pan.
  • Add all ingredients to sauce pan and stir until well-combined.
  • Transfer to small baking dish, spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to serving dish and enjoy!

 

It was love at first bite, here! This would be an awesome dish to serve to #plantPOWER newbies because it tastes like homemade stuffing. The sweet-meets-savory flavors remind me of a cozy and homey Thanksgiving stuffing that I grew up with. The difference? It will energize you and not leave you feeling like you need a major nap. Holla! ;-)

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday! In the name of “q,” take some quiet time for yourself to just hang out and enjoy the moment. Love you all! Now, go check out Kasey’s post ! She’s got a new bread on-tap.

Stay lovely,
Heather

P.S. – Don’t forget to enter ALL of our giveaways! You’ve got until February 26th at 5:00 p.m. EST. Good luck to everyone and thank you to those who have already entered. We read all of your comments!

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