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Veggie and Quinoa Egg Bites

These veggie and quinoa bites are a great way to start the day! Easily adaptable using ingredients and seasonings on hand - feel free to omit the quinoa altogether and double the veggies. Either way, it's a nutrient packed few bites and a household favorite.

Course Breakfast
Keyword egg bites, veggie and quinoa
Servings 2 dozen bites
Author Christina Shoup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa see note below
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks, quartered lengthwise and sliced thinly, white and light green parts only
  • 1 zucchini, small dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder optional
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • A few dashes of hot sauce
  • ¼ cup shredded gruyere or Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Use silicone muffin pan or prepare two 12-cup muffin pans by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium low. Add the leeks, zucchini, bell pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until tender. Add the spinach and garlic and cook until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat, add cooked quinoa and mix. Set aside and let cool while you prepare the egg mixture.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, nutritional yeast, water, garlic powder, mushroom powder, salt and hot sauce.
  3. Fill the muffin pans with the vegetable and quinoa mixture, evenly distributing among all 24 cups. Pour the egg mixture in each muffin cup - this will fill about half way up. Top with a pinch of grated cheese. Bake for about 20-25 minutes and cook until the egg is set and pulls away from the sides.

Recipe Notes

*To make quinoa: Thoroughly rinse ½ cup of quinoa in a mesh strainer.  In a small saucepan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium-low and add rinsed quinoa.  Stir the quinoa while it dries out and toasts for a minute or two, then add about a cup of water or desired broth and a pinch of kosher salt.  Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and turn down heat to a bare simmer.  Cook for 15 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork or turning it out to a sheet pan to cool.