From protein-ing out your salads at lunch to serving as a base for your grilled chicken dinner, quinoa has already warmed its way into your regular-meal rotation. Over the past few years, this versatile, gluten-free grain has gone from a quirky ingredient that no one could pronounce to full-fledged mainstream.
Now that you’re already making a large pot of the stuff on a regular basis, you might as well enjoy it for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast.
Yep, you heard right.
You can absolutely enjoy quinoa for breakfast! Wait until you try it topped with eggs and avocado or soaked into sweet coconut milk. Whether you prefer savory or sweet, here are some delicious recipes ideas.
1. Roasted Tomatoes with Eggs and Quinoa
We love quinoa for its nutritional awesomeness, but to be honest, it needs some help in the flavor department. That won’t be a problem in this recipe filled with savory roasted tomatoes, oregano, and Parmesan. It’s as good as pizza for breakfast. Get the recipe.
2. Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Even if your mornings are rushed, this tasty recipe couldn’t be any easier. If you’ve got the quinoa already prepped, just top it with yogurt, fruit, coconut, and chia seeds. You’ll be fueled up for the day and out the door in no time. Get the recipe.
3. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Pesto, another ingredient you typically reserve for dinner, works its magic as the sauce for this yummy bowl that’s too good to save for the p.m. Don’t skimp on the hemp and chia seed toppers — they’re full of health benefits you won’t want to miss. Get the recipe.
4. Breakfast Quinoa with Chai-Spiced Almond Milk and Cinnamon
The secret to enjoying all the chai spiciness flavor in this recipe is to boil a tea bag with the quinoa and almond milk as it cooks. Top with pecans, coconut, and even more cinnamon. Trust us, your kitchen is going to smell divine. Get the recipe.
5. Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa
If you loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal as a kid, you’ll adore this grown-up version that’s much healthier for you, too. It’s topped with maple syrup or honey. What a sweet way to start the day! Get the recipe.
6. Spinach Mushroom Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
This savory breakfast bowl calls for spinach and mushrooms, but you could really use any extra veggies you’ve got around for this. The only caveat is making the balsamic glaze, so you might want to save this one for the weekend when you’ve got extra time to enjoy it. Get the recipe.
7. Coconut and Quinoa Pancakes
If breakfast bowls aren’t your thing, you can also use quinoa in pancakes! They add a nice texture to the usual short stack. Be sure to use a gluten-free oat if you’re intolerant, as the recipe notes. Get the recipe.