It might be cliche, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. But when every free minute in the morning is worth its weight in gold, you want breakfast that’s quick, easy, and can be prepared ahead of time. This Quinoa, Chicken, and Zucchini Egg Bake fits every category. It is loaded with protein, vegetables, can be baked the night before, and quickly reheated in the morning while you pour yourself a cup of coffee. What’s even better? You can freeze the bake in individual portions and have them ready to go when needed.
I’ve prepared a similar recipe in a muffin pan, but honestly, it took longer to remove the egg cups out of the muffin pan than I care to admit. With this version, there’s less sticking, and it bakes in the same time. I’ve cut the bake into 8 servings, think of it as 1 egg per serving.
Quinoa, Chicken, & Zucchini Egg Bake
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (3 ounce) fully cooked chicken sausages, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Heat oil over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic, and sausage. Cook until onions are browned and softened, 5-7 minutes.
3. Stir in zucchini and cook until slightly soft, 3-5 minutes. Mix in quinoa and cool.
4. Whisk together eggs, milk, and seasonings.
5. Layer quinoa on the bottom of the greased baking dish. Top with whisked eggs and bake until set, 30-35 minutes.
The beauty of this bake is also how versatile it is. Depending on the flavor of the sausage you use, you can play with seasonings and mix ins. Cheese is always a good option here – either mixed in with the eggs or sprinkled on top before baking.
And speaking of mix ins – do try using different vegetables. I’m a fan of sauteing the vegetables first. Not only does it add flavor, but it removes moisture from the vegetables that helps keep the bake nice and firm.
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