Apple Cinnamon Tahini Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided into 2, 1/4 teaspoons
  • dash of all spice
  • dash of cloves
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • almonds, pecans, walnuts, or any nuts you have on hand (optional)
  • additional milk for topping (optional)
  • Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups of dairy milk to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally and keep at a low simmer the whole time. 
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of the maple syrup, vanilla extract, nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, all spice, and cloves to quinoa. Stir and taste. Adjust seasonings according to your preference. 
  • Combine tahini, remaining 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. 
  • Top quinoa with apples (and nuts, if you'd like) and drizzle with cinnamon tahini. 

Be prepared when not prepared

Vegan or carnivore, meal planning and prep are important time savers throughout the week. We all know this. Yet, sometimes life gets in the way. Like, a weekend funeral. Or, a nasty hangover. Whichever. (Maybe you should switch to beer?)

When I have weekends that prevent me from meal prepping and sometimes even grocery shopping, 5 ingredients always come to the resuce: kale, quinoa, tahini, chickpeas, and avocados. 



Simple, yet incredibly versatile. If I have at least 2 of these in the house, I know I can make a satisfying meal quickly. 

What products do I use? I always buy Kirkland Signature organic quinoa from Costco. Tahini is harder for me to find in stores in the organic variety, so I usually end up with Ziyad Tahini (we will go over how to make homemade tahini later because storebought is fuckkkinggg expensive. Hey, Costo, can you get on this, please?). I buy canned chickpeas of all brands. I also buy bulk, organic, dried chickpeas and make them from scratch when I'm a good adult. 

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share a series of 5 recipes that use some combination of these ingredients. Our series will include a breakfast, lunch, appetizer, dinner, and dessert recipeeven though categorizing food into meal types never really made sense to me. Why limit something delicious to a specific time of the day? Before I get off on a tangent, let's refocus our attention to a recipe for the most important meal of the day.

This apple cinnamon tahini quinoa is great for breakfast. It takes 30 minutes to make. Proof that being vegan doesn't have to be obnoxiously time consuming. You could make the quinoa in advance and top with freshly chopped apples when ready to eat. This recipe will give you about 3 servings. Or 4, if you aren't a fatty like me. You can top the quinoa with almonds or walnuts, as well as additional milk if you prefer a thinner texture. I used a mixture of almond and coconut milks. I like the coconut milk because it adds a level of sweet creaminess that I can't get from almond milk alone. It doesn't really matter though—whatever non-dairy milk you have on hand will do. After all, when you haven't grocery shopped, you've gotta be flexible!

José James

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