Because I am always cooking quinoa, finding new ways to do it is really fun for me. Whether it is a new quinoa recipe or simply a new approach I love to try new things. Now, forgive me if the title to this post was confusing. I am sure that you could cook quinoa in your crock pot, but that is not what I have done here. (Hmm…something to try next week.) Instead, I’ve taken one of my favorite crock pot breakfast recipes, changed it up a little and added quinoa. Breakfast in a crock pot you ask? YES!
Now, I don’t set this dish to cook over night. Something about living eggs cooking all night long just doesn’t work for me. What I do is start this quinoa breakfast recipes in the evening and then store it in the refrigerator once it is done. Like most all egg breakfast casseroles, it freezes well. I like to put leftovers in my seal a meal so that I have them to pop out of the freezer on a busy morning.
Since this dish starts with cooked quinoa, you will need to know how to cook quinoa. This isn’t a fussy dish, so I recommend the standard stove top method I use here: how to cook quinoa perfectly or here: cooking quinoa. Either one will work just find but the later will be much quicker. You can also cook the quinoa in a steam cooker or microwave rice cooker.
If you are watching what you eat, low fat sour cream and cheeses work well in this dish. Most often, that is what I use.
Broccoli, Cheese and Quinoa Crustless Quiche
1 cup cooked quinoa grain
10 egg whites, beaten
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
4 ounces cheddar cheese
4 ounces goat or feta cheese
10 ounces chopped frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
½ cup roasted red pepper, drained and chopped
1 tsp garlic
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Cover your slow cooker with olive oil cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and then transfer to your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for four hours. Enjoy!
This is a great dish when you have company and don’t want to have to fuss in the morning. I am all about doing as much as I can ahead of time!
New to cooking quinoa? Check out the impressive quinoa nutrition facts and my quinoa cooking tips! Now that I’ve broken out my slow cooker, I think I am going to have to try to make some quinoa soup in it when the weather cools down.
As always, I would love to hear from you!