Baked Quinoa

Who here likes quinoa?  Who here knows how to pronounce quinoa?  Ha.  It seemed like such a foreign food to me until a few years ago when I became fully committed to a real food way of life.  Turns out, it’s a pretty healthy and versatile addition to your diet.  Here are some quinoa facts from this website:

  • Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids
  • It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants

I will admit, the taste isn’t all that exciting to me.  So I’ve been experimenting with quinoa lately, determined to improve its flavor.  I ended up creating something quite yummy with it last week, which I want to share with you.

If you are bored and unimpressed with just a plain spoonful of quinoa on your plate, give this a try!

Baked Quinoa

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups raw, uncooked quinoa
  • 1 lb pasture-raised sausage or bacon  (I personally liked the sausage version best)
  • 6 eggs from pastured chickens
  • 2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined salt – like this
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375* and grease a 9 x 13 inch glass or ceramic baking dish
  2. Follow directions on bag to cook your quinoa
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, brown sausage or bacon on stovetop.  Let cool and dice into tiny pieces
  4. Once quinoa is finished cooking, transfer to a large bowl and let cool for a few minutes
  5. Add your meat, herbs de provence, salt & pepper, and garlic
  6. Whisk eggs together, then mix in
  7. Spread into your greased 9 x 13 dish and bake for 30 minutes at 375* or until edges are golden brown

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Serve with a large pat of grass fed butter, a fried egg on top, and a side of greens.  Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Enjoy!

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