Orange Quinoa Dessert Review

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As promised, I ate dessert last night!  I couldn’t have been more excited to try my new favorite food in dessert form.  Healthy and delicious – what more could you ask for? I was excited to whip out my rice cooker cook book for the second time this week since it’s been sitting on a shelf since Christmas, unused.I know I’ve mentioned before that I can be quite the lazy cook, too often depending on a microwave as the foundation for my meals.  And last night was no exception…about being lazy, I mean.  The wonderful thing about rice cookers is that you dump in the ingredients and let the magic happen! I actually had quinoa for both dinner and dessert!  Hey, when I find something I like, I go full force.

Since there was only one quinoa dessert recipe in the book, my decision wasn’t a hard one – orange quinoa dessert it would be.  I was excited to discover that it used minimal ingredients that I already had on hand! I love being able to cook new dishes without making a trip to the grocery store.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 1/2 C. quinoa
2 C. orange juice
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
pinch of salt
3 Tbs. chopped nuts, macadamia, almonds or pecans

Directions

Combine all ingredients in rice cooker and push the “cook” button.  After it’s finished cooking, let it steam in the cooker for 10 minutes.  Add nuts before serving.

Note: If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can make this dessert on the stove, cooking the quinoa in the orange juice, butter, sugar mixture instead of with water.

Recipe is from the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cook Book

Recipe Review

I definitely enjoyed this recipe!  It still had the subtle nutty flavor I loved combined with a the sweetness of the orange juice and brown sugar.  Definitely richer than dinner! I ended up topping off my dessert with almond slices, although I think macadamia nuts would have been delicious had I had any in the pantry.

When – not if -I make it again, however, I think I will use slightly less orange juice and substitute whatever amount I take out with water.  While I enjoy orange juice, I actually prefer the tartness of grape fruit juice.  Maybe I’ll make a combination mixture that combines a hint of grapefruit juice to balance the sweetness of the orange juice.

If your perpetually hungry after dinner, like me, this is the perfect dessert because your feel stomach feels satisfied because of the high protein content of quinoa.

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