Smokin, Toastin, Cinnamon Quinoa Granola!




Here is a delicious take on granola and perfect cool breakfast or healthy power treat for when the summer is slowly creeping up on us. I had white Quinoa sitting at home, old fashioned oats and slivered almonds, waiting to be turned into a delicious bowl of roasted – something. Armed with fresh honey and maple walnut chocolate, I decided to combine the best of both worlds and still have a MUCH lighter, healthier and less sweetened version of granola. Protein rich from Quinoa, this breakfast fit for a king & queen should keep your hunger pangs at bay and less sugar crash from a store-bought granola pack which is usually swimming in a lot of oil and sweeteners. Yes, we know how addictive they are but trust me when I say, this recipe will force you to padlock the remainder away once it comes straight out of the oven. Yes. True…onto that delicious recipe!

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Almond Crusted White Fish Fillet with Cilantro Raisins Quinoa

Almond Crusted White Fish Fillet with Cilantro Raisins Quinoa

Serves: 4 hungry mouths

Almond Crusted White Fish Fillet with Raisins & Cilantro Quinoa in Orange Sauce |

Almond Crusted White Fish Fillet with Raisins & Cilantro Quinoa in Orange Sauce |

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Soy-Free!!
  • For White Fish Fillet (Dover Sole or Salmon can be replaced if you prefer!)
  • • 5 Tbsp. sliced / slivered almonds
  • • 4 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • • Juice of 1 fresh orange or 1 cup of fresh orange juice
  • • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • • 4  white fish fillets
  • • Nonstick cooking spray or stick-free pan
  • For Quinoa
  • • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • • 1 Tbsp. dried raisins
  • • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
    1. Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Prepare a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a medium sized bowl, combine almonds, parsley, orange juice, sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
    3. Place the fish fillets in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle the orange juice mixture onto each fillet.
    4. Transfer the tray to the oven for approximately 12 minutes or until fish is cooked through and almonds nicely crispy/crusted on the top.

While fish is cooking, prepare 1 cup quinoa according to package directions.

  1. Transfer cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl with chickpeas, olive oil, dried cherries, cilantro, orange zest, sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
  2. Remove fish tray after being cooked and transfer to serving plates with a side of cooked quinoa.
  3. Serve warm & if you like, a green cool salad on the side.

Really simple. Very filling. Super nutritious. Feeds the family. Or just yourself, four times.

Ofcourse, I welcome any feedback and suggestions – have you tried this dish at home? Let me know how you liked it ! 🙂

Noura El-Imam founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai. She loves to cook, practice Yoga & Pilates, head out to sea and pack up for an adventure when she can. Live life to the fullest – always!
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