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Recipe for Quinoa with Toasted Almonds & Dried Cranberries

Recipe Ingredients:
1 c  quinoa
1/2 c  slivered almonds
1 tsp  vegetable oil
1 1/2 c  boiling water
vegan vegetable bouillon cube
1/2 tsp  salt
cinnamon stick
bay leaf
1/2 c  dried cranberries

Cooking Directions:
1.  Soak the quinoa 15 minutes in cold water. Stir the quinoa with your hand, pour off most of the water and drain through a fine mesh strainer. Shake dry in the strainer, then set the strainer over a bowl or pitcher.

2.  Heat a wide bottomed pan on medium heat and add the oil. Stir and toast slivered almonds until golden, then remove from pan.

3.  Add the quinoa. Stir and toast until dry and turning color. Add boiling water, veggie cube, salt, bay leaf and cinnamon stick and dried cranberries.

4.  Bring back to boil, cover, turn the heat to simmer, cook for 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on.

5.  Fluff gently with a fork and serve.

    Bay Leaves (Laurel Leaves) Bay Leaves (Laurel Leaves)
Bay leaves (laurel leaves) are used in cooking to deliver a distinct flavor and fragrance to soups, stews, meats, seafood, and vegetable dishes.

Cinnamon Sticks Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon sticks are a fragrant spice. Add these cassia cinnamon sticks to ciders, cocoa, coffee, or as a decoration in your kitchen.

Organic Quinoa Organic Quinoa
Organic quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a light, fluffy, edible seed that feels and tastes more like a grain. Thanks to its mild, somewhat nutty and irresistible flavor, organic quinoa is an immensely popular food. But this "mother grain" is also valued for its tremendous nutritional content.

Slivered Almonds Slivered Almonds
A California almond shaved into slivered sections. Slivered almonds are ideal for baking and for making cookies.

Whole Dried Cranberries Whole Dried Cranberries
These are not your average dried cranberries! Why settle for cranberry halves when you can have whole ones? These plump and delicious cranberries might make you cry from their beauty.

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