Healthy Christmas Breakfast: Slow-Cooker Quinoa

With a slow cooker, you can fix a healthy, easy Christmas morning breakfast with almost no work. This recipe from The American Heart Association’s Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook uses protein-rich quinoa in place of oatmeal. Just put the ingredients in your slow cooker when you wake up, then go open presents. When you’re done, steamy bowls of protein-rich quinoa will be waiting. Since peaches are out of season, you can use thawed frozen fruit, or set out a topping bar with your family’s favorite mix-ins (nuts, dried cherries, chocolate chips, maple syrup, banana slices, toasted coconut) and let everyone serve themselves. Mmmm…

Cinnamon Quinoa With Peaches

Serves 6

Cooking spray
2½ cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well under cold running water and drained
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1½ cups fat-free half-and-half
¼ cup sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups frozen unsweetened
peach slices, thawed and sliced or diced
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, dry-roasted and coarsely chopped

Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour in the water. Stir in the quinoa and cinnamon. Cook, covered, on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Just before the quinoa is ready, in a small bowl, stir together the half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved.

Spoon the quinoa into bowls. Top with the peaches. Pour in the half-and-half mixture. Sprinkle with the pecans.

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American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook
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