I hate to admit it, but I used to watch The Chew regularly. I would often fast forward through half of the show, but I always got excited when I saw a healthy recipe appear. On one episode they made this quinoa apple dish that looked amazing, although it sounded strange at first. Was it a dessert? A breakfast? The idea of it was appealing to me and I knew immediately that I would have to try it (and, of course, put my own twist on it). It didn’t seem that complicated and sounded like it would be the perfect warm breakfast or dessert for after a long bike ride or run. It could even be a good source of pre-workout fuel.
I love the idea of quinoa for breakfast. People usually stick to oatmeal, so quinoa is a nice change. And it’s actually a seed—not a grain! So, it’s packed with healthy fats. I like making this in the beginning of the week because you can refrigerate it and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast all week long, without having to slave in the kitchen every day. Preparation is key. I tell my clients over and over again that you have to set yourself up to succeed. A big part of that is meal prep.
Looking for a way to make meal prep easier, I was recently very excited to learn about Direct Eats. I first shared this website with my clients and now I just tell everyone—because it is basically the Costco of all things healthy. You can find all your healthy pantry staples at a low cost and the best part is, they deliver it to you. There are no membership fee or catches and you can even shop by category if you have allergies, restrictions, etc. It’s so easy you can literally place your grocery order while sitting at work.
I got everything I needed to make this recipe from Direct Eats—minus the apples, protein powder and eggs. And since those ingredients are things I always have handy, there was no issue when it came to whipping up this Quinoa Sweet Potato Apple Casserole. Here’s what I used from them:
It was super quick to make! I added some of my favorite protein powder—AboutTime Vegan blend—for some added protein and flavor and also to make it “workout fuel worthy.” It has everything you need to recover and rebuild. I can’t wait to make it again for my next brunch get together. It’s one of those dishes you can make way before hand and serve later and is great for large parties. And it happens to be both an affordable and a hearty dish!
Quinoa Sweet Potato Apple Casserole Recipe
- 2 Tart Apples (1/4″ dice)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 can Sweet Potato Puree
- 2 Organic Eggs
- 2 cups non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup AboutTime Vegan Protein Powder (vanilla or cinnamon)
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed)
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1/2 cup crushed Walnuts
- Non-stick cooking spray (to lightly oil pan)
- In a large mixing bowl combine sweet potato puree, eggs, milk, cinnamon and protein powder. Whisk until evenly combined.
- Fold the chopped apples into the wet mixture.
- Spread rinsed quinoa on the bottom of a prepared baking dish (9×9) and sprinkle raisins on top.
- Pour down your sweet potato mixture onto the quinoa and raisins. Sprinkle walnuts on top.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour-1 hour and 15 minutes until center is cooked.