We know: It can be pretty hard to drag yourself out of bed on a work day to make a good breakfast. But to combat laziness and keep your days on track, try making a recipe that makes several servings early in the week, then popping each serving in the microwave before heading out to face the day. This quinoa breakfast bake is a perfect example of how to do it right. Mix the flavors up by adding whatever fruit and nuts you like best.

Recipe courtesy of Katie at the Kitchen Door.

9 Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 apple or pear, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

<ol> <li>Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan, and set aside.</li> <li>In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, cinnamon, and allspice to coat quinoa with spices. Pour quinoa over bottom of prepared pan.</li> <li>In the same bowl used for&nbsp;quinoa, beat eggs until fully mixed. Whisk in the&nbsp;maple syrup and skim milk, and beat to combine.</li> <li>Scatter berries, apple or pear, and nuts (if desired) evenly on top of quinoa.</li> <li>Pour egg and milk mixture over top of fruit and quinoa. Lightly stir to partially submerge fruit. (Milk mixture will cook quinoa to create a very soft texture on the inside&nbsp;while creating a lightly crunchy crust on the outside.)</li> <li>Bake for 1 hour, or until casserole is mostly set with only a small amount of liquid left. Serve warm, and refrigerate leftovers.</li></ol>

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