We've been getting the most incredible apples in our CSA box,
big, gorgeous, crisp and juicy.
I'm going to have to find out what kind they are.
A while back when I posted Zucchini Quinoa, my friend Elizabeth commented that they like theirs sweet.
She prepares quinoa for her family much like lots of people do oatmeal.
That's when I thought about adding it to apples.
This mixture is more applesauce then quinoa but you could certainly change the ratio
to make it more of a grain-based meal.
If you have a child that just doesn't want to eat grains,
then use a tad less quinoa and call it chunky applesauce.
For added texture reserve some apples for hand-mashing and then mix them back into the sauce.
4 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (I use a melon baller to core my apples)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup + 1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
In a small saucepan rinse and drain your 1/2 cup quinoa and then add 1 cup water.
Bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid.
Let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, place your apples and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat and cover.
I'll be honest and say I tend to use medium-high heat as I'm always in a hurry.
Stir occasionally and cook until all the apples are soft, about 7 minutes.
Allow to cool a minute.
Place apples with their liquid into a food processor or blender and puree.
Add your pumpkin pie spice and pulse until blended.
Return puree to saucepan and mix in the quinoa.
-Instead of pumpkin pie spice use cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla
-Add minced mint or basil or simmer the apples with a sprig of thyme (remove before blending)
Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
The quinoa may continue to soak up the liquid from the apples.
If this is the case, you may need to add water or unsweetened apple juice
to bring to the desired consistency.
Quinoa is not actually a grain but a seed and is packed with protein and essential amino acids.
It's far more nutritious then rice and has more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium,
copper, manganese, fiber and zinc than many other grains.
Apples are loaded with fiber, vitamins C, beta-carotene, riboflavin, thiamin, potassium,
phosphorus and calcium.