Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

I have been looking to include more "healthy" grains in my breakfast menu and came across this recipe. Quinoa is a "curious" grain to me - its name alone is so different that it begs me to explore its possibilities. It provides a nutty texture to the tastebuds and adds fiber to one's diet. The recommendation for this is to prepare the night before for a quick breakfast go-to. Or you can make it in a 1/2 pint jelly jar and take along for your breakfast on the go.

Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup water

1/2 cup chopped dried pitted cherries

2 (5.3 oz) cartons fat-free black cherry Greek yogurt

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve; drain. Cook quinoa in water in a small saucepan according to package directions. When done and water is absorbed, stir in cherries. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Spoon quinoa cherry mixture evenly into 4 (8-ounce) parfait glasses or straight-sided glasses. Spoon yogurt evenly over the quinoa. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, sprinkle with almonds.

cooking tip: toasting intensifies the flavor of the almonds. To toast, spread almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until lightly toasted. Watch carefully so they do not burn.

Quinoa meets Greek yogurt in healthy parfait.

Quinoa meets Greek yogurt in healthy parfait.