4.30.2012

Cranberry Cumin Quinoa

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One of my coworkers is on a low carb diet. I feel like we should erect a monument and dedicate it to her ridiculous willpower. Seriously. It's not that I'm incapable of willpower -- God knows it's not always easy to turn down a 500 calorie Cheeseburger when somebody is grilling out -- but I could never cut out carbs.

I will, however, dedicate myself to spending them wisely. Carbs, that is. There's a big difference between a hamburger bun and a bowl full of Quinoa. Not to mention that a semi-carb like Quinoa isn't really a full carb -- because so many of its calories come from other sources, like protein and dietary fiber (which is soooooooo good for your you-know-whats).



Cranberry Cumin Quinoa

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Calories Per Serving: 227
WW Points (Old): 4
WW PointsPlus: 6
*Nutritional information includes Chia Seeds. Without Chia seeds, each serving is 18 calories less.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons dried Cranberries
  • 3 teaspoons Truvia
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine Quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add Cumin and stir, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add Cranberries, Pine Nuts, and Truvia (and, if you're using Chia Seeds, add those), then serve!


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