Honey Roasted Cashew Quinoa

Last night I was in dinner heaven. I was able to prep, cook, and get my dinner on the table in 30 minutes, and it was the best dinner I’ve made in a long time: Honey Roasted Cashew Quinoa.

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Honey roasted cashews are sweet and nutty, satisfying everything food is meant to satisfy: your mouth, your body, and your brain.

This meal is also very versatile; you can substitute different nuts or a seed if someone has a nut allergy (pumpkin seeds would be great), another vegetable, and another base: brown rice, chicken, quinoa pasta, brown rice pasta, or do both: brown rice and chicken. Or if you’d like to turn this into a side, skip the quinoa and just make the vegetable and nut or seed mixture to serve as a side to baked chicken. You could bake chicken breasts in coconut oil, like in the previous post, and serve it with the honey roasted cashews and broccoli.

This was made with simple ingredients, was fast and easy to put together, and tasted like I spent a lot more time cooking it than I actually did.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c Quinoa
  • Broccoli florets
  • Raw cashews
  • Coconut oil
  • Pure honey
  • Real Salt
  • optional: another spice/flavor; I did a pinch of pumpkin pie spice

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Bring quinoa to a boil in 2/3 c water and let it simmer on low-medium heat
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and place broccoli on one half of the baking sheet
  4. Pour about a tbsp of pure honey into a small dish, like a small pyrex, and add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or other spice and a pinch of Real Salt
  5. Add raw cashews to the honey mixture and toss until fully coated                                  IMG_2565
  6. Spread cashews on the other half of the baking sheet                  IMG_2567
  7. Bake broccoli and cashews at 350 for 15-20 minutes (or until the edges of your broccoli start to brown)
  8. Keep an eye on the quinoa, stir occasionally and remove from heat when water has boiled away; careful not to burn; plate when done IMG_2569
  9. When broccoli and cashews are done baking, remove from the oven and mix them all together, coating the broccoli and cashews in the hot honey on the panIMG_2571
  10. Add to the plated quinoa and enjoy!

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Mmmmm. This was like homemade Thai food 🙂 It’s balanced with good carbs, healthy, fats, and protein so you are covered nutritionally, and the combination of flavors are perfect. I really hope you give this recipe a try because you will not regret it! And with a meal this balanced, sweet, and delicious, you won’t even be thinking of dessert; you may actually be thinking of this meal for days. If you’re in a dinner rut, this will quickly pull you out!

Stay safe and healthy, xoxo

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