Easy Quinoa Egg Bites

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Ready for a simple, make-ahead breakfast that’s great for on-the-go? These Easy Quinoa Egg Bites are just the ticket to fuel you for the morning.

platter of egg bites and a bowl of fruit

Over the last year or so, I’ve done something I never thought could happen. Lose over 20 pounds. 

I know, right?

Amazing.

After years of trying a number of different fad diets, battling thyroid disease, and exercising until I was blue in the face, turns out the answer was in my kitchen.

Increasing my vegetable intake, drinking more water, and toning down my carbs late at night have all helped me get back to where I was prior to my thyroid freaking out. (It was hyper so the meds slowed everything down and I ended up gaining more weight than I ever had in my life.)

One of the strategies I used to keep to my nutrition system was to make sure that I had a hearty, protein-filled breakfast every morning. I alternated between Greek Yogurt With MuesliSkillet-Poached Eggs, and these Easy Quinoa Egg Bites.

Easy Quinoa Egg Bites

These miniature egg casseroles feature quinoa, eggs, veggies, and cheese. They are a delicious for meal prep and a great way to use up little bits of odds and ends you’ve got in the fridge.

egg bites stacked on plate on breakfast table

What is Quinoa?

I first heard about quinoa in 2003, long before it was cool. I lived in a rural California community. While we didn’t have a Starbucks, I did have a circle of friends who ground their own wheat and prepared “qwi-noah”. 

We didn’t know it was pronounced, keen-wah. What can I say?

I didn’t like it for a long time, but over the last decade and half, quinoa has grown on me.

In case you didn’t know, quinoa is a pseudo-cereal that’s got a fair amount of protein in it. It was considered the “mother grain” by the Incas and is still an important food in South American cooking. Containing all eight essential amino acids, it’s considered a super-food/complete protein.

Besides that illustrious back story, it’s tasty in egg dishes, soups, salads, and chilies as well as a hearty side dish.

After you’ve made these Quinoa Egg Bites, be sure to make these yummy things:

For best results, buy quinoa that’s been pre-rinsed. Rinsing is required to remove bitterness from the grain. Buying it pre-washed, saves you the hassle.

breakfast table set with fruit, eggs, bread, and quinoa egg bites

Can you use different fillings in this recipe?

Yes! Besides being amazingly addictive, this recipe’s versatility game is strong. Feel free to mix up the cheese, vegetables, and onions with whatever you have on hand.

Consider these flavor combinations:

  • ham, swiss, and kale
  • feta, spinach, and tomato
  • bacon, goat, and bell pepper

Can you freeze quinoa egg bites?

Yes! I love to make a big batch of these and stash them away in the freezer. Prepare the recipe and allow the bites to cool completely. Wrap, label, and chill in the refrigerator until very cold before storing in the freezer. 

To serve: reheat in the microwave or allow to thaw in the refrigerator to eat cold or at room temperature.

step by step photos of how to make quinoa egg bites

How to Make Quinoa Egg Bites

This is a super simple recipe that allows you to use up leftover cooked quinoa as well as whatever veggies, meat, and cheese you have on hand.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Assemble your ingredients so you don’t forget anything. Cook, slice, or shred whatever needs prepping.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper
  4. Add the mix-ins. Stir well to combine.
  5. Scoop the mixture into mini muffin pans. If you use USA pans, you won’t need to spray the pan. If using other baking dishes, be sure to grease it well.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove to a rack or platter and serve.

How can I make this recipe economically?

This recipe isn’t expensive to make, even from scratch. However, there are things that you can do to make your sweet treat even better.

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When you see a good price on quinoa, stock up and stash for later. 
  • Use up leftovers. This is a great recipe for using up whatever you have left from dinner: obviously quinoa, but also shredded or crumbled cheeses, chopped onion, and cooked veggies and meat.

How I make this recipe easily:

This cupcakes recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

close up of egg bite on plate

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5 from 3 votes
Easy Quinoa Egg Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Ready for a simple, make-ahead breakfast that's great for on-the-go? These Easy Quinoa Egg Bites are just the ticket to fuel you for the morning.

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg, egg bake, egg bites, egg casserole, quinoa
Servings: 24
Calories: 38 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped, cooked broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 scallion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. If using a muffin pan that needs greasing, spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Assemble your ingredients so you don't forget anything. Cook, slice, or shred whatever needs prepping.

  3. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the mix-ins. Stir well to combine.

  4. Scoop the mixture into mini muffin pans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove to a rack or platter and serve.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: allow the bites to cool completely. Wrap, label, and chill in the refrigerator until very cold before storing in the freezer. 

To serve: reheat in the microwave or allow to thaw in the refrigerator to eat cold or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Quinoa Egg Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 121IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

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Comments

  1. Jolene J Talboom says

    5 stars
    I’ve been making these since you posted it in Slack while brainstorming! Love them! I usually make them with ham, cheese and onion or sausage. I also make them in a regular muffin tin instead of the mini. I’ll have to try the broccoli soon! Thank you!

  2. Karen J says

    5 stars
    Amazingly addictive is right! These were super easy to put together. I used little bits of what I had around -bacon, chopped spinach (thawed from frozen), onion, red pepper, and a mushroom. I just filled up one and a quarter cups of these goodies, then proceeded with the recipe using cheddar cheese. The bacon added a nice smoky flavor. My husband dipped his in Sriracha. Plus, they are yummy warm or cold. I’m looking forward to experimenting with different cheeses.

    • So glad to hear this, Karen. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. I think I need to make some more this week.

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