My family is in the midst of preparations in welcoming the New Year. Every year as the new year approaches, part of our tradition is to have an assortment of fruits in the house.
13 variety of fruits to be exact. Having 13 different kinds of round fruits during New Year’s Eve is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the family for the coming year.
Why 13 round fruits, you ask? 13 is a lucky number to the Chinese, and the fruits’ round shape resembles coins. They say it means wealth, abundance and prosperity.
I’m not sure if I believe in it but I will just go along with it. Plus, having plenty of fruits around will make for healthy snacks.
Yesterday, the fiance and I drove to downtown L.A. to spend the day relaxing, eating and wandering around.
We were in the Grand Central Market area and I bought more fruits to bring home. I haven’t been able to find juicy and sweet persimmons in my neighborhood, so I was excited to see them at the market.
The market was surprisingly busy during the middle of the day on a weekday.
I made a quinoa dish this morning, it’s an alternative to my usual oatmeal. This recipe is adapted from Double Delicious cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. I bought it this week at Costco because I saw some interesting recipes that I wanted to try.
The dish is packed with protein, fiber and minerals. Great comfy and cozy breakfast.
Cinnamon – Maple Quinoa
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional toppings: maple syrup, toasted almonds
This recipe can be adapted to whatever you have on hand.
Step 1: Rinse quinoa in cold water. Bring water to a boil, add the quinoa to boiling water and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for approx 13 minutes, uncovered. Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
Step 2: In a separate pot, melt the butter. Stir in the sweet potato puree, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, almond milk and cinnamon.
When the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the sweet potato mixture. Divide into bowls and top with your toppings.