We’ve been on a bit of a quinoa kick lately. It all started because Greg is sick of making and eating eggs for breakfast but still wants to get some protein in his meal. I came up with a couple ideas that have been really successful!
My first quinoa experiment was to make Quinoa Burgers to go with eggs. I thought the burger would work well with a sunny side up egg and a piece of low calorie cheese. A little texture, a little crunch, a little something different than just scrambled eggs!
Quinoa cooks very similarly to rice. It’s a 2 to 1 ratio. If you are cooking 1 cup of quinoa, you need 2 cups of water (or fat free, low sodium chicken broth). For this recipe for Quinoa Burgers you will need to cook 1 cup of quinoa. This will yield 2 cups of cooked quinoa.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 3 eggs
- 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- nonstick cooking spray or coconut spray oil
Combine all ingredients (except cooking spray) in a large bowl. The consistency will be a thick and sticky. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop the mixture onto a large hot skillet sprayed with coconut spray oil (you can cook 4-5 burgers in a large skillet at once). Use the measuring cup to slightly flatten out the burger as it cooks. After 3-5 minutes over medium heat, one side should be golden brown and the burger ready to flip! Once both sides are golden brown, remove from pan and repeat with remaining mixture.
We love these burgers topped with a couple sunny side up eggs and reduced fat cheese for a really healthy, satisfying breakfast!
When I made the burgers, I made a bunch of extra quinoa to incorporate into an additional breakfast item. You wouldn’t necessarily expect quinoa to work so well for breakfast, but surprisingly…it does!
Rather than savory, this next breakfast item is on the sweeter side!
It’s a Quinoa Parfait!
- 6 oz Greek yogurt (any flavor you like)
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp agave nectar
Mix quinoa with agave nectar and vanilla bean paste. Layer 1/4 cup of quinoa, 3 oz green yogurt, blueberries. Repeat once more.
There you have it! Simple, healthy, delicious!!!