Q is for Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Q is for Quinoa

Happy Friday readers! Any fun plans for the upcoming weekend? Whatever you have planned, this quinoa breakfast bowl is sure to fuel you up!

Quinoa has gained popularity in the past few years and it’s no surprise why. This edible seed is high in protein, fiber and antioxidants, and as an added bonus, it is gluten-free. I like to cook up a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and toss it into salads and wraps for lunch as it keeps me fuller longer due to its amazing properties. Why limit yourself to lunch though? Quinoa is great for breakfast and when topped with an egg and fresh salsa, you’ll be sure to add this into your morning recipe rotation. This quick quinoa (bonus points for two q’s?) breakfast is a great way to use up any veggies, cheese or meat in the fridge; there are no limits to your breakfast creation!

Happy weekend adventures!

Suggested Bowl Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg, cooked over-easy
    • Can’t flip that egg yet? Practice makes perfect and the key is to flip with confidence, you’ll get it! In the meantime, a scrambled egg works just as well!
  • 1/2 an avocado, sliced
  • 2 pieces of cooked bacon, roughly chopped
  • Salsa of choice
    • I made a quick fresh salsa from diced tomatoes, diced sweet peppers, diced pineapple and a squeeze of lime juice. Adds a nice freshness and crunch!
  • Sprinkle of paprika

If you are a fan of quinoa, make sure to try these quinoa patties too!

Breakie Bread Bowl

Breakie Bread BowlIt is finally the weekend which means it is time to break away from the weekly yogurt and protein shake breakfast routine and get into the good stuff! And what better way to embrace the weekend brunch than with putting all of your favorite ingredients into one dish. A few months back, a friend sent me a video from Buzzfeed Food on this bread bowl idea and I thought it was about time to give it a try. I was definitely not disappointed!

Bread Bowl Collage

The assembly process is quite simple and you can substitute the filling with what you have on hand, are craving at the time, or throw a brunch party and set up a filling station for guests to individualize their bowls. After coring out your bread bowl, don’t let that extra bread go to waste. Save the leftover bread and make croutons, bread crumbs, or my egg strata recipe. Waste not in this kitchen! When adding any proteins to the bread bowl such as bacon or sausage, make sure they are pre-cooked. Adding some veggies? Thinly slice or pre-cook them as well to ensure you don’t get a raw veggie bite surprise amidst the melted cheese and egg yolk goodness. Not a fan of sunny side up eggs? Lightly scramble the egg and pour over your filling and bake as directed.

Make brunch fun and enjoy a breakie bread bowl this weekend!

Ingredients

  • 1 small bread bowl
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • half of a jalapeno, minced
  • 1 cooked breakfast sausage link, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 egg

Building Your Breakfast Bowl

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 F.
  •  Core out the center of your bread bowl, being careful not to puncture through the bottom crust.
  • Brush the inside and top edges of the bread bowl with the melted butter.
  • Layer the inside of the bread bowl with half of the cheese, minced jalapeno, sliced sausage, and the remaining cheese on top.
  • Carefully crack your egg on top of the layered filling.
  • Loosely wrap the outside of the bread bowl with foil to prevent too much browning during the baking process.
  • Place on a small baking sheet and bake for 20-28 minutes (depending on the size of your bread bowl), until the egg has set.
  • Slice into quarters and enjoy!