Day 2. I decided to make breakfast and chose the very first recipe in Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood. I adapted it a bit. Their recipe calls for diced dried apple slices but I didn’t bother with the drying.
Apple Strudel Breakfast Cereal
1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups water
1 apple, sliced
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1. Place almonds in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until the almonds are toasted (about 3-4 minutes). Set aside in a bowl.
2. Combine quinoa, water, apple, raisins, and cinnamon in the same saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 17 minutes.
3. Stir in the vanilla and brown sugar.
4. Divide into bowls and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
It makes a LOT of leftovers. Next time I would use less quinoa, and I wonder if it would work with milk instead of water? I would also eat it with vanilla yogurt as suggested in the book. I bet it would be really good with almond butter or something too.
This was delicious, but I only ate about 1/3 of my bowl and I felt really awful afterwards – sleepy and lethargic. I’ve felt pretty bad all day and my thyroid feels really sore.
I keep having to remind myself that it is going to take longer than THREE DAYS to see an improvement.