Breakfast for Dinner

Sometimes – not often – but sometimes, I want eggs and pancakes for dinner. One of those ‘sometimes’ was this week. Several months ago, I saw a recipe for an egg dish that used uncooked quinoa. The concept of the quinoa cooking with the eggs intrigued me. Plus, it seemed convenient given I had only a very small portion of quinoa leftover in a bag (I thought it was too small an amount to cook on its own). Unfortunately, where I saw this recipe will forever remain unknown and lost in cyberspace. After doing some searching around, I found this recipe – definitely not the original one I remembered, but it seemed to have most of the necessary ingredients. My version included the following:

– approx. 1/3 cup mix of white and black quinoa (not measured, just what was left in the bags)
– 8 eggs
– 1.25 cups almond milk
– 1 tbsp minced garlic
– 1 chopped onion
– 1 tsp dried thyme
– a few shakes salt and pepper
– 2+ cups spinach

Whisk together eggs, milk, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add the onions and spinach. Stir to combine. Coat an 8×8 dish with non-stick spray and pour mixture in:

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I cooked for about 75 minutes at 350°, checking every 5 minutes or so after 1 hour.

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All done! Next up…pancakes! I heard about this pancake recipe on Meals and Miles, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try a variation for myself. It is honest-to-goodness the easiest pancake recipe you will ever find. All you need is 3/4 cup greek yogurt (I used plain, nonfat fage):

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mixed with 1/4 cup egg beaters (could use one real egg):

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Mix 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking soda separately:

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Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix:

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It will seem very wet and doughy – don’t worry, this will contribute to the FLUFFY DELICIOUSNESS of your pancakes. 🙂

Drop them on the pan and cook:

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This is by far the most difficult part of pancake making for me. Who has the patience to wait while each side cooks through? I always flip too soon.

Once they’re done, serve with eggs…maybe even a delicious quinoa egg bake (see above!):

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Oh yeah, and don’t forget the secret ingredient….

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Check out this interior:

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yumyumyum. Make them for your next meal…ready – go!

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