Is there anything better than the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking?
Whether you’re baking an apple pie or making homemade applesauce, the smell is addicting. It will drift from your kitchen into every corner of your house, filling the space with warmth and comfort. It’s one of my favorite things and I look forward to that smell every year.
When I was little, my mom always used to make homemade applesauce. Growing up in Vermont, we’re spoiled with our apples. They’re the best (I may be biased but still…) and every year around this time, we would go apple picking.
We’d fill our bags to the brim, picking different varieties and tasting each along the way, knowing full well we’d be going home to make applesauce.
To this day, I’m still a total apple girl. I eat an apple every single day, telling myself I’m most certainly healthier for it, but really it’s because of the taste that I continue to eat them day after day.
I love that apples are sweet, but in their own way. They’re just ever so tart, juicy and crispy, pretty much everything that constitutes the perfect snack. Plus, they’re good for you!
Apples are high in fiber which helps regulate digestion, they’re detoxifying, they help boost your immune system AND they can even help lower your risk of some scary diseases like diabetes, pancreatic cancer and heart disease.
Like the saying goes, “An apple a day [really does] keep the doctor away.”
I often find myself also eating apples for breakfast. I like the way I feel starting my day with lots of fiber, but an apple by itself would never do the trick. Sometimes it’s peanut butter, sometimes it’s in a smoothie, but recently it’s been this:
Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa
It’s out of this world delicious and could not be easier to make. Basically, it’s a combination of making homemade applesauce and quinoa. You add water, quinoa, apples and cinnamon into a pot and cook it until they’re soft. One pot, little mess, crazy awesome breakfast.
Not only is this packed with fiber, but we’re getting protein from the quinoa, and a little fat from the peanut butter I stirred in (how could I resist?!). It’s a balanced breakfast that will leaving you feeling full and satisfied all morning long.
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1½ cups water
- 2 large apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Peel and core both apples. Chop them into bite-sized pieces.
- Add quinoa, water and apples to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. The apples will be soft and the quinoa will have absorbed the water.
- Stir in cinnamon and transfer mixture to two bowls.
- Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with additional cinnamon (if desired). And enjoy!
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