Quinoa Brussles Bowl

Oh man. You know those nights where you have a hankerin’…but you just don’t know what for?!  Well I was having one of those. It was so intense in fact that I decided to dig through the fridge and cupboards and try desperately to throw something together to satiate the feeling. 

Well. Not to sound arrogant, but…NAILED IT!!  I made a big batch of this and ate it for days. Didn’t even share. Mr. Rodgers stays away from quinoa, so I had it all to myself.  No complaints here. This is my new favorite craving fixer!  It’s so tasty and satisfying. It made me so happy that I have to share my glee with you !  

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1 Can Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 C Dry Quinoa (I used red)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Tbsp Bacon Grease
  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*!
  2. Place your sprouts and chickpeas in a bowl and drizzle with bacon grease. 
  3. Season generously with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add just a pinch of cayenne and toss it all together so that everything is coated with bacony goodness and all spices. 
  4. Dump onto a foil lined pan and slide into your oven. Roast 25-40 minutes, until brussel and chickpeas are browned and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 
  5. While waiting on your roasted ingredients, cook your quinoa according to package instructions (probably simmer in 2 C water for about 12 minutes).
  6. When water has evaporated and quinoa is done, create a crater in the middle of your pot. Scramble your eggs in a bowl then dump into the “crater.”  Cook, scraping, so that you get scrambled eggs. When eggs are done, mix it into the quinoa so you have little bits throughout. 
  7. As soon as your brussels and chickpeas are done, add quinoa mixture and stir to evenly combine. Adjust seasoning as needed, and eat warm. Sooo comforting I hope you love it as much as I did! 

Peectures!



Place your Brussels and chickpeas in a bowl. Toss with bacon grease and spices (careful with the cayenne!). I put just a pinch and it was perfect!



Sorry for the horrid blurry picture, but I knew this step might be confusing so I had to put it in there anyway. Cook your quinoa. When the liquid is gone, create a hole in the middle and pour your eggs into it. Cook, scraping often to get little bits of scrambled egg. DONT MIX IN QUINOA UNTIL THE EGGS ARE FULLY COOKED!



Pull out sprouts and chickpeas when they are deeply browned and crispy on the outside; tender on the inside. 

See how your quinoa mixture should look?



Dump quinoa mixture on top of roasted mixture and stir together. 



Season if needed. But mostly…just enjoy. Ah yeah. So happy. 

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Quinoa Stuffed Omelet!

Did you read my last post?  The Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper post?  Well if you didn’t, you should…cause it may rock your world.  And if you did…then you may remember me mentioning that you will have left over stuffing for other recipes.

What I didn’t tell you is that I would be providing you with one of said recipes!!  This was delicious and I was so glad I thought of it!!  And super easy.  I’m usually not a huge fan of omelets, but the heartiness and flavor of this one won me over.

 

So, here’s what you need!

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbs Greek Yogurt
  • About 1/4 C Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper Filling
  • Small amount of butter or oil for cooking
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Small amount of parmesan or cheddar
  • Toppings of choice: sour cream, Frank’s Hot Sauce (Mr. Rodgers’), Sriracha (Mrs. Rodgers’), green onions, salsa, more cheese…whatever!

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Whisk eggs together with Greek Yogurt.
  2. Heat butter or oil in a pan and dump in your eggs.
  3. When eggs are starting to solidify and you have a little color on the underside, spread half with the quinoa mixture.
  4. Fold over and top with cheese, allow to melt a bit.
  5. Gently slide out of the pan onto your plate and top however you please!  Easy as that!!

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Whisk eggs together with greek yogurt (this makes them a little extra creamy!)

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Melt butter or oil in a pan over medium heat and pour in your eggs.

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Grab your leftovers…

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When beginning to solidify and under side is starting to brown, spread quinoa mixture over half the eggs

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Fold over (you don’t have to get yours as brown as mine…I like the crispy flakiness it gives but this is totally up to you!  It’s also cause my butter browned before I dumped the egg in there haha!)

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Sprinkle lightly with some cheese of your choice and let it melt slightly…

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Gently slide out of the pan onto your plate and top however you choose…obviously this is mine, cause it has Sriracha on it 😀

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And here is Mr. Rodgers’ with sour cream and Frank’s, next to a lovely cup of Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran I also mixed up.  This was his breakfast in bed.  Such a lucky man ;P  Haha just kidding.  He spoils me more often than I do him.  I just love him with all my little heart.

ANYWAYS!  Food!  Omelets!!  Let me know how you like it!

 

“Fried” Quinoa and Veggies With a Kick!!

Mmmmm.  Jay and I concocted this one together, it started one night when groceries were low and we were starving…and this beauty was birthed 🙂   What better to take away the hungries than some warm protein-packed quinoa, with some veggies added for even more health!!!  🙂  We kept it simple that night, and I liked it so much that I tried making it again not too long after!!

So here’s what you need:

  • 1 C Quinoa, uncooked (or more i fyou wanna stretch it out)
  • 2 T Butter
  • 1/2 Onion, diced (I used red, I think any kind will work)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Large Carrot, diced
  • 1 1/2 C Broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Small Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Hot Sauce, or more if you’re brave 🙂 (I used Sriracha)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

And here’s how you do it 🙂

  1. Cook quinoa according to the directions on the box.  
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a nice big pot, or a wok would work well too I’m sure 🙂
  3. Saute your onions until starting to get translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, and cook about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the rest of your veggies, stir and cook until they are softened.  Mine took about 10 minutes.
  6. Add your cooked quinoa and stir in, getting a little bit of a fry on the quinoa.
  7. Crack your three eggs into a bowl, add the hot sauce, and whisk.
  8. Scramble your eggs in a pan, busting them up into little bits.
  9. Add eggs to quinoa mixture, stir up, season to taste…serve up and enjoy!!!

Fried Quinoa 1Saute your veggies in the butter…

Fried Quinoa 3Add your quinoa…doesn’t that look fantastic?!?!

Fried Quinoa 2Scramble your eggs and hot sauce…

Fried Quinoa 4Stir it up, and enjoy!!!  It’s so pretty!! And it was so tasty, I had half for lunch then took the rest for dinner on the go, since it was a dance class night!!!  It was even good COLD!  Now that’s pretty crazy!!! 😉