Give hearty fall flavor to a popular new grain with apples, sweet potatoes and cinnamon.

Yield: 10 servings of about 3/4 cup

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: Quinoa is a complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids your body can’t make on its own.

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Recipe From: My Indiana Home


  • 1¼ cups quinoa
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1¾ cups sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups red apple, unpeeled and diced
  • 1½ cups Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and diced

Tips & Notes

Try roasted Saigon cinnamon in this recipe for an enhanced flavor.



  1. In a large saucepan, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until all water has evaporated and quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon and salt. Pour into large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. While quinoa cooks, heat canola oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and saute 5 minutes
  4. Add onion and saute an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Add apples and saute until sweet potato is slightly soft and apples are crisp-tender, about 4-6 minutes.
  6. Add cooked mixture to spiced quinoa and stir lightly to blend.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories – 175, Fat – 4.1g, Dietary Fiber – 4.9g, Protein – 3.7g, Vitamin A – 135%, Vitamin C – 19%.

**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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