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Healthy Quinoa Egg Bake Recipe

Breakfast For the Week: 250-Calorie Quinoa Egg Bake

For the ultimate morning starter, this recipe combines two superproteins: quinoa and eggs. The quinoa serves as a crust while providing 12 grams of complete protein per half-cup, while each egg offers seven grams of protein You'll even get your iron and calcium from the spinach and milk in this tasty recipe. Make this quinoa egg bake on a Sunday, and you'll have breakfast (at under 250 calories per square) for the whole workweek.

If you're cooking this recipe as part of the Get Fit 2015 meal plan, serve with half a grapefruit or one cup cut fresh fruit with one-quarter cup Greek yogurt.

Quinoa Egg Bake With Thyme and Garlic

Quinoa Egg Bake With Thyme and Garlic

Healthy Quinoa Egg Bake Recipe

Ingredients

1 teaspoon butter or butter substitute
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
8 eggs
1 1/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup finely shredded romano or parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-by-8-inch glass or metal baking dish with butter; set aside.
  2. Put quinoa into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear; drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and quinoa. Stir in spinach, then pour mixture into prepared dish.
  4. Cover tightly with foil then jiggle dish gently from side to side so that quinoa settles on the bottom in an even layer. Bake until just set, about 45 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and sprinkle top evenly with cheese. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, until golden brown and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  6. Set aside to let cool briefly, then slice and serve.

Source: Calorie Count

Nutrition

Calories per serving
247
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Juliana15132779 Juliana15132779 2 years
Just tried this and it came out perfectly! I used shredded cheddar cheese instead of parmesan because it's what I had on hand, but still worked great! I love quinoa but always get stuck in a rut, only making quinoa salad for lunch and dinner. I love incorporating it into breakfast
Molly14759888 Molly14759888 2 years
Bake time was way off at high altitude. Took more like 45 mins at 350...... But great recipe!
Luckytruck6 Luckytruck6 3 years
I made it this morning, but with a few changes due to what I had on hand. I used quinoa flakes, savory instead of thyme, added a dash of cayenne and some pieces of left over steak...yum!
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