Quinoa Quiche Muffins

This is my favorite grab-and-go breakfast! I make up a big batch and my husband and I have breakfast for the week ūüėČ Now, I’m just posting the “base” recipe for these “Quinoa Quiches” so you can add whatever accoutrement you like… broccoli, kale, peppers, turkey bacon, feta cheese, etc., etc. Get creative and make it your own!

The Base: Quinoa, Cottage Cheese, Eggs (I love farm fresh eggs from the local market), and chicken broth (optional).

Quinoa Quiche Protein Muffins

Cooking the Quinoa: Now I usually cook up a lot of Quinoa to use in other meals for the week, but for 1 pan of muffins you only need 1/2 cup dry quinoa (which yields 2 cups of cooked quinoa). You also need about double the amount of liquid (I like to use chicken broth because it adds flavor to the quinoa). So, that’s 1/2 a cup of dry quinoa and 1 cup of chicken broth. It takes 10-15 minutes to cook…

After the quinoa has cooked:

1. Crack 6 large eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk them. IMG_1081

2. Stir in 1 cup of drained cottage cheese, 2 cups of (cooked) quinoa, salt & pepper. NOTE: This is also where you would add any other seasoning accoutrements that appeal to you. IMG_1082

3. Grease your muffin tin… I use olive oil or olive oil spray.¬†IMG_1087

4. Give your muffin tin one final stir to make sure everything is well incorporated and evenly distributed, then fill each muffin cup with your mixture.¬†IMG_1086Note: the “back 6” are lined with this organic pork shoulder bacon:

5. Place pan in an oven heated to 350 degrees and cook for¬†15-25 minutes… You’ll start to see the edges brown and begin to pull away from the sides.

6. Pull the pan out of the oven. If you’re putting the muffins away to enjoy throughout the week, wait for the pan/muffins to cool completely and store in the fridge. If eating immediately, let the muffins cool about 10 minutes¬†before removing from pan, then enjoy!¬†Quinoa Quiche Muffins

{Each muffin base contains about 90 calories, 7 grams of protein, and a healthy dose of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamins: A, B-6, B-12, and D.}

Shopping List:

  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Organic Nonfat Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Quinoa
  • Chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • Olive Oil or Oil Spray (for greasing pan)
  • Sea Salt & Pepper
  • Any other¬†seasonings/ingredients you want to add ūüėČ Get creative and have fun!

Possible Additions:

  • Feta Cheese, basil, and chopped sundried tomatoes
  • Basil Pesto
  • Turkey or chicken sausage and mushrooms
  • Lined with ham, turkey, bacon, turkey bacon
  • Broccoli and Cheese
  • Spinach and Parmesan

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