Breakfast Fried Quinoa with Sausage
and fried egg / green smoothie
We've taken the breakfast theme of this East-meets-West fried quinoa seriously and even topped it with shredded cheddar cheese! We last featured a version of this fast and fun meal in 2019.
Smarts: Breakfast sausage makes up most of the flavor in this dish, so be sure to get a high-quality version and grab mild or spicy depending on your preference.
- Cucumbers - 6 oz , chopped into large pieces
- Apples - 3 , chopped
- Baby spinach - 4 oz
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Ice - 1 cup
- Shallots - 1 clove , diced
- Lemons - 1 , wedges
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Breakfast sausage - 8 oz
- Cooked Quinoa (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
- Cheese, cheddar or colby jack - 2 oz , grated
- Eggs - 4
- Hot sauce of choice (opt) - for serving
Shallots - Dice shallots. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cucumbers - Chop cucumbers into large chunks (just so they fit better into the blender). (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Lemons - Slice lemons into wedges. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Make smoothie - Chop apples (Note: if you know your blender can handle the peels, leave them on; if unsure or using a lower powered blender, it’s a good idea to peel the apples first.) Combine apples, cucumbers, baby spinach, lemon juice, water, and ice in the bowl of a blender. Blend until smooth, adding a splash more water if needed.
Heat a large wok or skillet with first portion of oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots to heated oil and saute for 1 minute to get them started cooking. Add breakfast sausage and saute, breaking the sausage apart, until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes.
Add quinoa to sausage and stir to combine. Pour soy sauce and vinegar over quinoa, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. (Add a splash more soy sauce if the quinoa seems dry.)
Squeeze half the lemon wedges over the quinoa. Grate cheese directly over top of the quinoa. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
Heat a nonstick frying pan with second part of cooking oil over medium heat. Crack eggs into heated oil and cook until done to your liking - on one side for sunny-side up or flip to fry on both sides.
Divide fried quinoa between serving plates. Top each portion with an egg. Serve remaining lemon wedges and hot sauce on the side. Enjoy with smoothie.