Quinoa + poached egg breakfast bowl

Updated: May 19



This is such an easy breakfast, but probably something a little different than your norm. I like to use poached eggs in this recipe which may turn some of you away if you haven’t done it before. It really is simple and even if they don’t turn out perfectly, it’s ok! The taste isn’t impacted, you just may not have the classic pillowy/round shape you’re envisioning. Poaching takes practice.


This “recipe” is truly just a matter of assembling ingredients! Some ideas for modification: if you have avocado, it would be a great addition. If you don’t eat eggs, replace them with cherry tomatoes; if you don’t like bacon, you can substitute a different meat (like breakfast sausage) or beans! I used Pinch of Yum's sunshine sauce on top, and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s so simple and contains ingredients you likely have on hand. It’s the perfect addition to enhance a breakfast bowl, salad, or leftovers that need a little extra kick.


Quinoa

1 cup of quinoa 

2 cups of broth or water (I used 1 cup broth, 1 cup of water) 

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp butter


Add quinoa and water to a small pot, then bring to a boil

Lower heat, and let quinoa simmer for ~15-20 minutes until liquid has reduced

Add seasonings and butter, mix. Remove from heat

I made quinoa Sunday night then stored in fridge and reheated for breakfast!


Poached eggs

Pastured eggs

~1 Tbsp white vinegar


Fill small pot with water about 3/4 full

Bring water to a boil

Lower heat so the water is lightly simmering and bubbling, but not rolling

Crack one egg In a measuring cup

Add vinegar to the water (this helps with texture and shape. It doesn't make your egg vinegary)

Carefully lower the egg into the water

Cook egg for ~4.5 mins (the time is up to you. I find 4.5 minutes produces a runny yoke and fully cooked egg white)

Remove the egg using a slotted spoon

If you are making more than one egg, use a larger pot as to give the eggs plenty of room. Add the eggs one at a time, and increase the cooking time (~30 secs per egg)


Miscellaneous

Sunshine Sauce

-the basic ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, white vinegar, dried oregano and basil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon. You can adjust depending on what you have!


Arugula

Pastured bacon

Red onions (diced)

Cilantro (chopped)

Pumpkin seeds


Add quinoa and arugula on the bottom of the bowl. Add poached egg. Layer in bacon, red onion, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds. Top off with a generous amount of sunshine sauce. Enjoy!

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