Light, refreshing, and packed with protein, this quinoa breakfast bowl is a simple breakfast that is perfect for meal prep! It’s loaded with fluffy quinoa, sautéed kale, creamy avocado, dairy free pesto and the perfect soft boiled egg.
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This savory quinoa breakfast bowl was brought about thanks to my serious cravings for a savory breakfast. I’ve always been a smoothie kind of gal in the mornings because it’s so quick, but lately I’ve been craving some savory.
It’s basically like a regular old buddha bowl, but it has egg in it to make it more acceptable to eat for breakfast. You can fully customize it to your own preferences, make it spicy, cheesy, lemony… whatever you want!
How to make a perfect soft boiled egg
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and with 1/2 tsp baking soda. This is an old trick I learned that really helps the egg shell come off easily when it’s time to peel.
Otherwise, you end up peeling off some of the egg white along with the shell, and that’s just an annoying way to start your morning!
Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat to low and use a slotted spoon to carefully add in the eggs. Reducing the heat helps ensure the eggs don’t crack or break when you add them into the water.
Turn the heat back up to a boil and immediately a timer for 6 1/2 minutes. This amount of time will yield a soft boiled egg, but you can leave the eggs in the boiling water for up to 14 minutes for a classic hard boiled egg.
What I have pictured is 6 1/2 minutes. Even just 30 seconds makes a big difference in how well the yolk is cooked, so be sure to keep an eye on the clock if you want the yolk to be at all runny.
Once the time is up, add the eggs into a bowl of ice water. This will immediately stop the cooking process and also make it easier to peel the eggs.
Carefully tap the bottom of the egg onto a hard surface to crack the shell. Use your fingers to peel off the rest of the shell.
Building the perfect bowl
While there are 101 things you could put in a breakfast bowl, from eggs to potatoes, fruit, veggies and more, I’ve narrowed it down to the perfect combination of delicious things.
It all starts with a base of perfectly fluffy quinoa. Then, we’ll saute some kale with olive oil, salt and pepper to give it lots of flavor. Layer it over the quinoa with pesto, soft boiled egg, avocado and top it all off with some crushed red pepper flakes for a little spice.
You can add or subtract whatever you like. Throw in some chopped tomatoes or mushrooms with the kale, add a little hot sauce, black beans, whatever you like!
Recipe tips and tricks
- Once prepared, these bowls will store in the fridge for about 3 days. I suggest saving the avocado until you’re going to eat it so it doesn’t turn brown. Also, keep the soft boiled eggs in the shell so they don’t dry out.
- If you want to add more flavor to the quinoa, cook it in either vegetable broth or chicken broth instead of water.
- To make this recipe nut free, use my nut free pesto recipe instead! It is made with hemp hearts instead of pine nuts like traditional pesto.
- I like to finish these bowls off with a sprinkle of hemp hearts, red pepper flakes and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
- If you don’t like eggs or want to make this bowl vegan, you can simply leave the eggs out of sub for some chickpeas! Saute them with the kale to add a bit of flavor.
Try these next!
- Mashed Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
- Raspberry Lime Overnight Chia Pudding
- Clustery Banana Bread Granola
- The Best Egg Salad
- Almond Flour Pancakes
Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil and with 1/2 tsp baking soda. This will help the egg shell come off easily when it’s time to peel.
- When the water has boiled, reduce the heat to low and use a slotted spoon to carefully add in the eggs.
- Turn the heat back up to a boil and immediately a timer for 6 1/2 minutes. This amount of time will yield a soft boiled egg, but you can leave the eggs in the boiling water for up to 14 minutes for a hard boiled egg. What I have pictured is 6 1/2 minutes.
- Once the time is up, add the eggs into a bowl of ice water. This will immediately stop the cooking process and also make it easier to peel the eggs.
- While the eggs are sitting, add the chopped kale to a pan with the olive oil, salt and pepper and saute for just a few minutes until the kale wilts. It will become a very dark green color.
- Carefully tap the bottom of the egg onto a hard surface (a counter works well) to get a crack in the shell. Use your fingers to peel off the rest of the shell.
- Assemble your bowls with a base of quinoa and top with the kale, sliced avocado, the peeled egg (sliced in half), pesto and red pepper flakes if desired. Enjoy!