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Mexican Breakfast Quinoa

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Welp, I did it again.  I just had to make a breakfast dish made with quinoa.  I find it weird that I actually crave quinoa, but it is true.  And trust me, I am totally not complaining.  Generally I stick with eating quinoa for lunch or dinner, but on occasion, I love centering my breakfast around this powerful grain.  After all, savory breakfasts are some of my favorites!

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Mexican Breakfast Quinoa

Servings: 1


1/3 cup dry quinoa
1/2 avocado (divided)
1/3 cup salsa
1/8 tsp cumin
cayenne pepper, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 egg
nutritional yeast, optional
hot sauce or sriracha sauce, optional


1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2. Once the quinoa is cooked, stir in half of the avocado (this will end up being 1/4 of the whole avocado), salsa, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.  Cook the quinoa over medium-low heat for approximately 3 minutes, or until the avocado is warm.

3. While the quinoa/avocado/salsa mixture is being heated, cook one egg sunny-side up.

4. Spoon the quinoa mixture onto a plate, top with nutritional yeast, half of the avocado (sliced), and the sunny-side up egg.  If desired, top the Mexican Breakfast Quinoa with hot sauce or sriracha sauce.

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Serve the Mexican Breakfast Quinoa with your favorite sweet fruit to balance out the spiciness of this savory breakfast dish.

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I chose to serve mine alongside a Cutie mandarin orange (am I the only one who cannot get enough of these?).

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Oh, and I should mention…it is a requirement to cut into the yolk of your sunny-side egg and break it so that the dippy part of the egg can be incorporated into the quinoa.  I mean, let’s face it…that is one of the best parts! 😉

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If you have never eaten a savory breakfast before then you really must give this recipe a try.  Or, if savory breakfasts are not your thing, try this for lunch or dinner!

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  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 5, 2013, 6:25 pm
    Savory just doesn't interest me for breakfast--but you're right, this looks like an incredible lunch or dinner!! Talk about a power meal!
  • Running In Heels March 5, 2013, 7:11 pm
    Yummmm! Breakfast quinoa? Need to try it!
  • Taryn March 5, 2013, 8:14 pm
    Yum! This would definitely be more of a lunch for me, but it looks delicious!
  • Gina March 5, 2013, 8:29 pm
    This looks awesome! I make sautéed veggies topped with sunny side up eggs for dinner about once a week. Like the idea to serve over quinoa...will try that!
  • Erin March 5, 2013, 8:45 pm
    I crave it too! I actually ate my sweet potato quinoa chili for dinner tonight! I'd craving quinoa is a good problem to have though (;
  • moderngirlnutrition March 5, 2013, 9:40 pm
    Savory grains are awesome for breakfast! Love the idea of adding an egg
  • Rach @ This Italian Family March 5, 2013, 10:21 pm
    I've only had quinoa a couple of times, but I haven't tried it for breakfast before. I should!
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish March 5, 2013, 11:04 pm
    Your runny yoke looks PERFECT! I'm completely on board with it being a requirement to incorporate the yoke into the quinoa, too. :) Savory breakfasts like this are oftentimes my favorites; for some reason I find them more satisfying than the sweet ones--especially when they involve avocado!
  • Brittany March 6, 2013, 12:14 am
    I'm with you, I crave quinoa alllll the time! I just love the stuff! This looks delicious!
  • Jan @ J Cooks Healthy March 6, 2013, 1:02 am
    Wow this one looks good! I'll definitely be trying it out but it'll probably have to be a weekend breakfast I think. :)
  • Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 6, 2013, 6:21 am
    Mmmm, quinoa and runny eggs is the BEST! Have you ever tried Spabettie's Popped Quinoa and Cheesy Eggs? http://spabettie.com/2011/05/06/popped-quinoa-and-cheesy-eggs/ It's to DIE FOR!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 6, 2013, 7:11 am
    I'm glad you cal lit the dippy part of the eggs. I call eggs with runny yolks "dippy eggs" and pretty much everyone I know teases me for it :-D I've been super obsessed with avocado in my breakfasts lately, so this sounds soooo goood.
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 6, 2013, 8:13 am
    Holy YUM! I don't normally have savory breakfasts (I like my smoothies which taste like ice cream haha) but that looks SO good!
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) March 6, 2013, 8:58 am
    I am normally a fan of sweet breakfasts but do get the occasional egg cravings in the morning! Love the sound of this dish - I make something quite similar but scramble the eggs and then mix it with the quinoa and top with feta instead of nutritional yeast...it's a favorite :)!
  • Nicole March 6, 2013, 9:18 am
    This reminds me a lot of the lentil breakfast my mom and I had a few weeks ago. I am almost always a sweet breakfast person but I do love quinoa and all of these flavors! Your dippy egg looks perfect!
  • jessiebearwhat March 6, 2013, 10:03 am
    dippy eggs and quinoa are suuuuuuch a good combo.
  • Anna Smith-James (@AnnaTheApple88) March 6, 2013, 10:16 am
    Not sure about this for breakfast but definitely one for lunch! Something about quinoa, avocado and eggs that are just perfect!
  • Em @ Love A Latte March 6, 2013, 11:40 am
    Quinoa for breakfast - how fantastic! :)
  • Julia March 6, 2013, 12:26 pm
    So delicious, fresh and healthy! I love hearty, nutritious breakfasts to start the day off on the right foot! I've never had quinoa for breakfast, but this is a great idea considering how protein-rich and healthful it is for ya! Great thinking!
  • erinksage March 6, 2013, 1:36 pm
    I love quinoa! It's never dawned on me to make it for breakfast, though - what a great idea! I'm not a huge fan of runny yolks, but I would be open to trying a slightly runnier yolk atop a bed of quinoa. Thanks for sharing :)
  • quartercenturysouthernliving March 6, 2013, 6:37 pm
    I could definitely eat this anytime of day! Honestly, you make the best looking meals!
  • carlyjg March 6, 2013, 11:44 pm
    I totally forget about quinoa for breakfast! I don't even really like eggs and this looks wonderful!
  • lrsaar March 7, 2013, 8:57 am
    I am a huge fan of anything with avocados or Mexican. This quinoa looks delicious!
  • olivetorun March 9, 2013, 5:17 pm
    Oh!! That looks like something that my husband would love. You post some delicious looking recipes :) I'll definitely have to visit more often!
  • moderngirlnutrition March 9, 2013, 10:23 pm
    I made this today- SO good! Thanks for the idea:)

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