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quinoa + eggs

I got an idea.

It started with quinoa made Sunday night.

Always make extra quinoa.  Only good things can come of it.

Tomatoes are finally in season out here.  I’ve only been waiting all year long.  Dear summer, please don’t leave me!  

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Tomatoes, quinoa, kale…

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…mushrooms + egg?

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Where am I going with this?  It kind of looks like veggie baked eggs, but it also looks something like my savory buckwheat bake.

Well, it’s neither.  It’s something completely new.

And I am pretty excited about it.  While I absolutely loved the veggie baked eggs, there was nothing I wanted more than a crusty piece of bread to dip in the drippy goodness.  However, that’s sort of not possible because of the whole no-gluten thing. 

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Then I got to thinking.

…I wonder if mixing eggs + quinoa would hold together + make an egg bake?…

Kind of like a frittata…or a quiche without the crust.

I mixed the quinoa, eggs + veggies…

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…baked it in my mini soup crock…

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…and pulled it out of the oven in complete anticipation of a disaster.

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I thought it would be stuck in the dish.

I didn’t think it would hold together.

I thought the quinoa might dry out.

But guess what?

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It worked!

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It broke apart perfectly and tasted exactly as I hoped it would.

Quinoa Egg Veggie Bake [serves 1]

  • 1c pre-cooked quinoa [perfectly cooked quinoa]
  • 1/8t salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4c kale, chopped
  • 1/4c tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4c mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2-1oz cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat your oven to 400* and grease an small baking dish.  I used a soup crock that is about 4-5” in diameter.  You could also use 3 muffin tins or 2 ramekin dishes.
  2. Grease the baking dish thoroughly.
  3. In a small bowl, crack + whisk both eggs.
  4. Mix in quinoa.
  5. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms + kale until just combined.
  6. Pour into baking dish and smooth down with fork/spoon/spatula.
  7. Bake, uncovered for 22-26min, until lightly golden + set. [test with your finger for being set]
  8. Remove from oven, turn your broiler on + sprinkle cheese on top.
  9. Broil 1-3min, watching closely, until the cheese is bubbly.

Eaten with a salad, this makes quite the lunch or dinner.  If veggies for breakfast are your thing, you’re going to have a new favorite.

No need for crusty bread.  Just a napkin to wipe your face.

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And if you feel so inclined, you may want to add some marinara, butter, more s+p, or a savory nut butter perhaps?

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nutritional info: includes all ingredients from the recipe


Another savory success!

The only problem now, is that I’m out of eggs.


Reader Comments (126)

Millet will work too if you have that!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'll trade you some eggs for some cooked quinoa.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

The bake time will be just watch them closely! :) Hope you like them!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

How is it that we're ALWAYS on the same page? I made a egg- veggie- quinoa like frittata last night for dinner. Had no idea you had the thought of mixing eggs and quinoa together. I think we'd really hit it off well in the kitchen together :) I'll have to try the baking version- looks delicious! Last night I did kale, red quinoa (love the color), mushrooms, onion and white cheddar. So, so good and now I don't miss bread or potatoes :)
I'm out of eggs, too :(....

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia @ Namaste Gurl

You would make the most AWESOME cookbook, my friend. It would be a best- seller :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia @ Namaste Gurl

What a great combo of flavors. Quinoa has been my favorite grain as of late and I agree, always make extra.

I do eat eggs ON TOP of my quinoa and this is a great way to add veggies and eat it in a bowl.

Thanks Ashley

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLea @ Healthy Coconut

You're too sweet :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha too funny!!! A while back I through some quinoa into scrambled eggs and loved it, so I thought this was the next step to take! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm all out of both. Dang.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're welcome Lea! I love eggs on top of quinoa as good!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's funny, I had almost the same in a restaurant a couple weeks ago. Only it was with different veggies. It IS great though!

Oooh, awesome!!! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh wow...what a brilliant idea! It's so simple yet out-of-the-ordinary. My hubby will love this and I'll try to veganize it. :-) Thanks so much!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Quinoa and eggs is always a winning combo. :D

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrystina (Organically Me)

I'm usually more of a sweet tooth, but these recipes might get me on the savory train. Yum!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Extra quinoa is always a winning idea.

Question for youuuuu - have you ever tried to make sunflower butter?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErrign

I love all the ingredients! This reminds me of a quiche I recently made!!

Have a great day!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

This looks SO good! We made a quiche one time using a quinoa crust which is is basically the same deal. It was delicious so no doubt this is!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

What an awesome idea. Quinoa and veggies and eggs? What could get better than that?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Simple Eats

this looks so delicious!!! I wonder if it would work with egg whites? I'll let you know if it try it, but first I want to try the original. it's making me hungry!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma (Namaste Everyday)

How long does cooked quiona keep in the fridge? I'm loving this recipe. Runny eggs over quiona is a favorite of mine. Never thought of baking it together :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia (the Mexigarian)

That veggie bake looks to die for! Agghh! Yum! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

I'm going to try a tofu version soon!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No, but you totally can! I've tried a taste a few times and haven't gotten into it yet..

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

A quinoa crust sounds SO good!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm, probably would work! Let me know :) I like using the whole egg though...yummm

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I would say 3-5 days. If it smells okay and isn't slimy, I would say it's okay to use!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YUM! I was inspired and did something similar at lunch today...I mixed quinoa, egg whites, black beans, and threw in some seasonings (cumin, red pepper, garlic, onion powder) and microwaved for a couple minutes. The result was delicious...I put it in a wrap with greek yogurt and it reminded me of some sort of taco wrap!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Out of eggs?! I wouldn't be a happy camper! This looks perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You are, yet again, a genius Ashley

This looks so incredible. What a great idea for a breakfast on the go too that you could pre-bake and re-heat. I am definitely going to have to try this.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Christine.

this looks FANTASTIC, and the marinara sounds perfect. thank you!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashley @ cooking for john

That sounds perrrrfect!! I love the black bean addition! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know...must get to the co-op to restock!!! Thanks Heather. ;)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hope you like it! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! I am not a fan of eggs, their smell has always gotten the better of me, but I recently tried a strata and really loved it, so when I saw this recipe I thought I would give it a try. Such a great idea! In my version, I used a lot of spinach that I cut up (probably 3/4 cup) and a tomato. I only used 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1 whole egg plus one egg white. Topped with some amazing aged cheddar and it was to die for. Thanks for thinking of these creative recipes!!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Louise

You're brilliant! These look delicious!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Wow!!! I love baked dishes like that so I must try this sometime!! I always make extra brown rice so I can use it in other dishes, and now I need to remember to make extra quinoa too (or I could try it with brown rice!).

But seriously, not everyone can just throw some stuff together and have it turn out. I guess that just shows what a genius you are ;)

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Definitely want to try this with brown rice. The chewy texture would be sooo delicious. And thanks...blushing ;)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yaaay!! Thanks so much for letting me know. Your version sounds delicious! Glad it worked for you. :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This looks YUMMM-MMY! Thanks for sharing :-)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiah

OMg! This is dinner for me tommorow! Yummm!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorin

Yum! We have that rule at home - always make more quinoa. ALWAYS! We make these types of grain and egg mixes too and we call them BOMBS. So fun

You're so welcome Kiah!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I tried quinoa + eggs together once and loved it as well!

The fact that it was a lean, mean protein machine was also a great side benefit :)

Awesome, thanks! I'll hopefully be able to incorporate them into my morning routine soon :)

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

holy crap. i love you because whenever i look at your blog, i always find new ways to use simple ingredients. it reassures me that my expensive ingredients (quinoa) aren't going to waste and i can use them in so many different ways. this looks like it would be an excellent lunch/dinner for me (i don't like savoury for breakfast) and portable as well which is great as i need meals on the go for uni. thanks so much for sharing.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

O'm'gosh! It's like you made a recipe just for me. Now I need to restock some quinoa....

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaraHadley

I did make it just for you....and me! ;)

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awww, thanks for your comment!!! Also, have you ever tried millet? Very close, nutrition wise to quinoa and I can find it for $.99/lb instead of $3/lb for quinoa. I actually like millet more than quinoa! :) It would totally work for this recipe too! The cooking method is in this post -

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, totally!!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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