This amazing quinoa quiche combines 3 super-foods into one easy-to-make power breakfast! The eggs are packed with protein and healthy fats, particularly if you choose free-range or pastured eggs, or at least select omega-3 enriched eggs when free-range are not available. The quinoa gives you an extra hit of protein and omega-3 fats, plus some tummy-filling fibre to keep you full until lunch. Finally, the spinach gets you a vitamin-packed veggie serving before you're even out the door in the morning! All of this in one convenient slice that's easy to take on the go.
Sound like a far cry from your usual breakfast on the go? Shocker: breakfast on the go doesn't have to be a nightmare of sugar and hydrogenated fat. Unless it's the day after your birthday (OK, anyone's birthday), in which case you should definitely eat a large piece of leftover cake with your hands, while standing in the kitchen waiting for your coffee to brew. This I know from personal experience. It is worth. it. Otherwise, there are plenty of make-ahead healthy options to kick your morning off right, and ensure your blood sugar levels and willpower stay level throughout the day.
Try these sundried tomato & feta muffin-tin frittatas for another protein-packed breakfast on the go!
This quiche comes in at under 300 calories per slice.
Pair it with some tomatoes or fresh fruit, or natural ham or bacon for an extra hit of protein. And don't even think about skimping on the butter and cheese - they don't add many calories on a per-slice basis, and they really amp up the flavour as well as the craving-busting fats.
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/4 cups milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch cayenne (optional)
1 tbsp thyme, tarragon, or herb of choice
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1 cup grated parmesan
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
fresh black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use butter or coconut oil to grease an 8x8 baking dish or 9" pie plate very well.
Rinse quinoa under cold running water, 1-2 minutes; drain well.
Whisk eggs, milk, herbs, salt, pepper, & quinoa well.
Add spinach to egg mixture.
Pour into baking dish; cover in foil and jiggle side to side to settle quinoa on bottom.
Bake 40-45 minutes until set.
Remove foil, top with parmesan and return to oven for 10 minutes more to brown cheese.
Cool slightly before slicing (slices best when completely chilled, if making ahead).
Yields 6 servings.
Based on a recipe from popsugar.com.