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Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

Well, what’s for breakfast this morning?  That seems to be the usual question for me just about every day.  I recently added these Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins to the options.  Each muffin is  packed with enough protein to stave off hunger pangs till lunch time.  And…as a bonus, there’s a good portion of  healthy vegetables.

Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins for Breakfast

Power-Packed Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins are perfect for breakfast.

We have heard over and over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it should include protein and have a goodly amount of fiber. I baked this all-in-one, quinoa-egg breakfast frittata-type egg muffin primarily for breakfast but, hey! they are great for lunch too! 

About quinoa:

Quinoa is not a new-fangled product, it is an ancient grain, actually it is as old as Noah or older.   A huge benefit of incorporating this tiny seed into your diet is that it is gluten-free.  With so much focus on gluten intolerance in today’s diets this makes quinoa an important item.  Quinoa is also quick-cooking and has a bit of a crunchy texture and a mild, nutty flavor. 

Veggie Quinoa Egg Breakfast Muffins

Gluten-Free, Low-Fat Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

Quinoa nutrition:

Nutritionally, quinoa is a work horse!  It contains all nine of the essential amino acids making it a complete protein. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8.14 grams of protein.   It is also low in calories and fat with 222 calories and 3.5 grams of fat in that same cooked cup of quinoa. Quinoa is also cholesterol free so if you are watching your cholesterol intake this grain is for you! 

There is one caveat with quinoa, it has a natural coating on the outside that has a bitter taste.  However, this rinses of easily with cold water and solves the problem.  Lately, manufacturers have been pre-washing the product before packaging it.  If your package of quinoa is not ‘pre-washed’ then rinse it in a fine-mesh strainer to remove the bitter-taste of that coating.

These breakfast muffins are packed with lots of nutrition from the quinoa, spinach, onions, carrots, egg whites, soft goat cheese, fresh herbs and tomatoes.  They are easy to make and it makes a batch big enough to keep in the fridge for breakfast or lunch as well as freezing some for other days.

Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

These Quinoa Veggie Muffins are packed with nutrition: quinoa, spinach, onions, carrots, egg whites, soft goat cheese, fresh herbs and tomatoes.

Tips on cooking quinoa:

To create these veggie quinoa egg muffins I first toasted the quinoa to bring out more of that nutty flavor.  I have found that if I cook the quinoa according to the directions with a one part quinoa to two parts water it is softer than we like.  In particular, the white quinoa cooked with that ratio seems mushy to me.  Our quinoa is cooked with one-part quinoa to one-one-quarter parts water and I love the texture of it.

How we made these Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins:

While the quinoa was cooking and cooling I piled a lot of spinach on a dish and microwaved it just enough for it to wilt.  Then I drained off the excess water and chopped it up.  That is fifteen ounces of spinach in there!  Next, I chopped the onions and grated some carrots.  I used a dozen egg whites as I had some left from another project.  So there’s no cholesterol in those eggs.  The egg whites and soft goat cheese were whisked together with seasoning and stirred into the cooled quinoa and vegetables. 

Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

Filled with nutrition, quinoa, spinach, onions, carrots, fresh herbs, egg whites, soft goat cheese and topped with a tomato slice

This recipe made eighteen regular size veggie quinoa egg muffins.   They tasted wonderful with fresh salsa.  I kept some in the refrigerator as they will keep for several days and can be reheated in the microwave.   With the remaining muffins I sealed them in a lidded container and put them in the freezer. 

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Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

Yield: 18 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Quinoa Veggie Muffins are packed with nutrition: quinoa, spinach, onions, carrots, egg whites, soft goat cheese, fresh herbs and tomatoes. They are a gluten-free, low-fat, low-calorie, high fiber nutritious breakfast meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 2/3 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounce pkg. fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 12 egg whites
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, soft log-type
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Salt/pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F, brush a 12-cavity regular size muffin pan with oil spray

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan set over medium heat, add the dry quinoa and cook, stirring frequently until toasted. Whisk in the water or broth and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes to absorb the liquid completely. Fluff with a fork and cool to room temperature. When cooled, add the quinoa to a large bowl.
  2. Place the spinach on a large plate or bowl (I used a shallow salad bowl) transfer to the microwave and process on high for 3-4 minutes until wilted. Transfer the wilted spinach to a fine-mesh strainer and drain off the excess liquid. Place drained spinach on cutting board and chop. Add the spinach to the bowl with the quinoa. Add the onions and carrots to the bowl.
  3. Combine the egg whites, goat cheese, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Pour the mixture over the quinoa-veggie mix, add the thyme leaves and mix thoroughly.  
  4. Fill each muffin cavity to the top, add a slice of tomato, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edges at the rim just look crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  6. Run a knife around the muffins to remove. 
  7. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Marlene

Saturday 9th of October 2021

Hi, just wondering is it 18 servings, the recipe says to use 12 muffin pan?

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 9th of October 2021

Yes you will get 18 muffins with this recipe so you will need to use one full muffin pan plus half of another pan. You can cook the additional six at the same time if you rotate the muffin pans halfway through the baking time. Otherwise, it is ok if you let the batter sit and wait until the first batch finishes baking.

Andrea J

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

My husband is on a health mission and is eating pretty strictly, so when I found these muffins that he can eat, I was excited. Unfortunately, these muffins ruined my non-stick muffin pan. This has never happened before and I've used this pan for years. I am so annoyed. I even went out and bought various scrubbing brushes and pads, and the stupid quinoa is stuck, despite following the instructions to coat the pan with oil. I'll have to throw out my pan and buy a new one.

Pat

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

I am so sorry for this disappointment, I have made this recipe several times and have not experienced any sticking to my pans. Perhaps a good overnight soak in sudsy water would unstick the quinoa.

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Pat

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Hi, Jen....Thank you for including our veggie quinoa egg muffins recipe in your muffin guide. That was a really nice round-up :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes

Thursday 7th of December 2017

So good, so healthy and delicious...I NEED one right now as I am just done with my strength training!

Pat

Thursday 7th of December 2017

Thanks, Angie! :)

John/Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

These muffins look great! I'd definitely eat them for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or as a snack! Really great way to use quinoa. Thanks!

Pat

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Thanks, John....It is a nice low-cal treat for this high-cal season! :)

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