Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Quinoa Crunch

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!!

Let me count the ways...

Cheap? Check. (Verrry cheap. As in, pennies, cheap. Check the bulk grains section in the healthfood store. You're covered.)

Quick? Check. (As in, I threw this in the oven while my coffee brewed and I showered for work.)

Easy? Check. (As in mix, spread, bake. Done!)

Oh and there are so many wonderful ways this is the perfect snack:

Quinoa is the highest and only complete-protein grain out there.
It's versatile; tasty in savory and sweet recipes. You can use this quinoa crunch anyway you would granola - on yogurt, baked into Blueberry Crunch Muffins, or mixed into Fig Scones, or poured into a bowl with cold milk.

This would be a fab grain to add to my old stand-by, Mix & Match Granola. Remember this one?
(CLICK HERE, if you don't remember.) ;)
Quinoa Crunch is close to perfection in a snack.
Snack heaven. Snack love.
Perfect to eat while watching eye candy on the old cable TV. And also for watching version two of eye candy on the old cable TV. (Indulge me for a moment. Thanks.)

adapted from Body & Soul Magazine

1 cup quinoa
1 Tbs. agave or organic maple syrup
1 Tbs. safflower oil

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or so, till golden brown. Cool completely on the sheet and store leftovers in an airtight container.


AvivaMicah said...

Is there a savory version of this? I totally see the breakfast application but am missing the application for sitting in front of TV at night listening to my soul demand potato chips.

flappergirl said...

Ahhh now that sounds like a good idea! Hmmm, perhaps soy sauce in place of the maple syrup, and sprinkle the grains with garlic powder, ginger, cumin, and red pepper flakes!

I would try this stirred into unsweetened yogurt, sprinkled with more lovely, savory spices....commence the late night snackfest. What do you think?

Kim said...

Sounds like a great way to try quinoa! I have a bag of quinoa waiting for me to break into it.

flappergirl said...

hi Kim! yes this is a good starter dish for quinoa because you can really taste the grain to see if you like it! :)

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