I've realized that starting the day off on the right foot is crucial: If I don't start off with a healthy, filling meal, the rest of the day is basically a wash. Still, even knowing this, it can be pretty hard to drag myself out of bed on a work day to make a good breakfast.
To combat laziness and keep my days on track, I've been making a healthy breakfast with 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. Tip: Mix the flavors up by adding whatever fruit and nuts you like best!
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
- 2 teaspoon 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)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan, and set aside. (Note: a 9x11 works fine, too!)
- In a medium bowl, stir together uncooked quinoa, cinnamon, and allspice to coat quinoa with spices. Pour quinoa over bottom of prepared pan.
- In the same bowl used for the quinoa, beat the eggs until fully mixed. Whisk in the milk and maple syrup, and beat to combine.
- Scatter the berries, apple or pear pieces, and nuts (if using) evenly on top of the quinoa.
- Pour the egg and milk mixture over the top of the fruit and quinoa. Lightly stir to partially submerge the fruit. (The milk mixture will cook the quinoa to create a very soft texture on the inside, while creating a lightly crunchy crust on the outside!)
- Bake for 1 hour, or until casserole is mostly set with only a small amount of liquid left. Serve warm, and refrigerate leftovers.