Sunday, October 25, 2015

quinoa breakfast bites

breakfast... although i love it on the weekends (10:30am french toast, anyone?), i find it difficult to prepare on the weekdays. usually i make a generous batch of heidi powell's protein waffles, where i freeze them and just pop it in the toaster oven in the morning... but sometimes i just want something a little different without spending a lot of time. 

see, i'm one of those "barely make it out of bed" people. i've tried the "getting up early" thing, but let me just tell you, it is not in the cards for me. i much prefer laying in bed with my puppies then getting up when it's still dark out... no thank you!

and since i've gone gluten free, i've found it a little more difficult to just grab something from the office kitchen - because i can't just pick up a breakfast bar, bagel, or english muffin anymore. so while digging through the cupboards the other morning, i came up with the following... 

quinoa breakfast bites

1/3 C cooked quinoa
1/3 C cooked sausage

handful of the following: 
spinach or kale
green onions

dash of the following: 

step one: 
cook quinoa. 
i like to roast them in a pan with some salt, pepper, and a little olive oil first.
once they turn a rich tan color and a nutty smell emits, add water (i use chicken broth) and cook 15 minutes.

step two: 
cook sausage.

step three: 
in a small mixing bowl, combine egg, tomatoes, spinach, green onions, quinoa, sausage, salt and pepper, and sriracha. 

step four:
make into patties. 
let each side cook for 1-2 minutes, flipping once.

you could also add some cottage cheese or cheddar cheese, or even switch out the sausage with bacon. there's so many different options that can be made!

i made larger patties for yesterday morning, but also made some smaller ones to freeze for later this week. i guess we'll see how well they turn out reheated!


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