12 Quinoa Breakfast Recipes for Easter

12 super easy quinoa breakfast recipes, perfect for Easter brunch!

In our house, Easter brunch is kind of tradition. We all chip in and make our favorite thing, so we end up having a ginormous table filled with fantastic breakfast items. And while I know that brunch tends to mean a blend of breakfast and lunch, in my family, we always go the breakfast route. Always.

So today, I’m pulling together my twelve favorite quinoa breakfast recipes that are completely brunch worthy. And I totally wish that I could be eating every single one of these recipes right now. Maybe not all at once, but I would completely content with one of each of these on my plate. It would be the most spectacular brunch ever.

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Nourishing Quinoa Bowl

Nourishing Quinoa Bowl and some thoughts on yo-yo dieting and clean eating!I wouldn’t call myself a yo-yo dieter, but I definitely get on kicks where I choose to severely cut back on what I eat to get my body back on track. I’m not saying cut back in the amount of food I eat, it’s more about the types of food that I allow myself to eat.

I’ve told you about my two 21-day cleanses, my paleo challenge (which lasted less than a week), and my sugar detox. But scattered in between those have been other forms of “diets”  that I’ve tested out.

You see, like most normal people, I have my vices. I love chocolate. I love tortilla chips. I love popcorn. I basically love anything carby and sweet. Go figure, right?

But those foods can throw me out of whack, make me feel like I’m blowing up like a balloon, and gain weight. And that’s never fun, for anyone. I know that when my jeans start getting tighter and pinch my waist in an uncomfortable way, that it’s time to reel it back in and get back on track.

The problem is…the changes that I make in my diet are always quite drastic and aren’t something I can actually stick with long-term. Hence, I fall of the wagon again and go right back to where I started. It’s a cycle and I’ve been doing it since I was in college. I gain a few pounds, lose a few pounds, only to gain them back a couple weeks later.

So I guess the real question is: how do you make it stick?

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Mango & Overnight Quinoa Flakes Parfait

Mango & Overnight Quinoa Flakes Parfait - simple, delicious with only 5 minutes of hands on time!

A few weeks ago I got a juicer. Actually it was a gift from my work as a way of saying “Thank You” for taking on some extra responsibility. It’s always nice to have your hard work payoff, and know that people appreciate it.

And I also love the fact that my coworkers know that rather than giving me a small bonus in cash form, I’d so much prefer a juicer :) How awesome is that?

Anyway, now that we have this totally rocking juicer (this is the one I have and I LOVE it), we’ve been juicing every morning. I assumed that our grocery bill was going to skyrocket now that we’ve been eating a lot more organic produce, but it actually hasn’t. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s!

Since we are making sure to use only organic produce, I wanted to be sure we were getting the most out of juices as possible. I did some reading about the best way to juice and how you should drink it so that you get the maximum nutritional benefits, and I’ve found three interesting things:

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The Ultimate Quinoa Burger Recipe Roundup

The Ultimate Quinoa Burger Round Up featuring 50 recipes! See more at www.queenofquinoa.me

Quinoa burgers…and the obsession continues! Is it a problem that all I ever want to eat are quinoa burgers? Perhaps, but they’re just so darn tasty!

What makes them spectacular is that you can combine so many different flavors inside. And as I’ve been searching for inspiration, for my own recipes, I quickly realized that there are lots of other bloggers sharing exceptional quinoa burger recipes.

Rather than just telling you about them, I’ve scoured the web and found a bunch of my favorites and compiled them in today’s post. I’m calling it “The Ultimate Quinoa Burger Recipe Roundup” because there are 50 recipes to drool over! And this post couldn’t be coming a better time – it’s about to be grilling season, and while we do have many vegetarian and vegan options – grilling season = burger season.

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Quinoa Eggplant Rollatini

Quinoa Eggplant Rollatini stuffed with herbed goat cheese and arugula - a simple weeknight meal

Eggplant… Let’s talk about it. Are you a fan? It was one of those foods that I HATED when I was little.

I vividly remember the first time my mom made eggplant parmesan for us. It was me, my little brother and two of our best friends. We’d been playing all afternoon and were starving by the time she called dinner. We came screaming around the kitchen corner, flung ourselves into our dinner chairs, so excited to wolf our meals down so we could get to playing.

She told us we were having spaghetti, so the anticipation was killing us.

When she set the plates down on the table, our faces dropped. We stared down at this brown blob in front of us. My brother’s friend looked at my mom in horror, “This is not spaghetti.” My mom, having dealt with a day of screaming kids, looked at us and said, “Just try it. You’ll like it, I promise.”

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