I found another recipe on pinterest that I wanted to try for breakfast. I didn’t want to make mini muffins so I adapted the recipe and made them normal sized. I was impressed with how low the calories were for these breakfast muffins. Plus, there was about 6 grams of protein in each one.
Adapted from: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/02/16/mini-ham-cheese-quinoa-cups/
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1/3-1/2 cup diced ham
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Liberally spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.
- TO FREEZE: Place baked cups on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag. Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you’re reheating.
- FOR REGULAR-SIZED MUFFIN TINS: Bake for 25-30 minutes (Note: I have not tried this myself, although several readers have left comments saying this works!)
I used sharp cheddar cheese because that’s what I had. While the quinoa was cooking in a mixture of chicken broth and water, I defrosted some shredded zucchini I’d frozen from last year’s garden. I am so glad I spent the time to shred it and freeze it last year! Will have to remember to do that again this summer.
I whisked everything together. It was a tad on the soupy side but once it was baked, they firmed up nicely. I baked them for about 27 minutes. I only got 10 muffins out of halving the original recipe, and had I filled each one up to the fill it would probably be more like 8 muffins.
I felt satisfied and full most of the morning. I ate my mid-morning apple around 11am and honestly, could have skipped it. I’m happy that I tried these breakfast alternatives. I will use this recipe as a jumping off point for trying other flavors and stuff. Of all the new breakfast grab-and-go recipes I’ve tried, I’ve liked the egg muffins the best. I found them more satisfying and tasty and they are very versatile–you can make them taste like whatever you want. These quinoa muffins were great but after a week of eating them I was over it. When I make this recipe again, I’d make less.