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Quinoa Power Omelet

Posted Oct 18 2011 12:00pm

Nick, Kevin and I went to the Texas State Fair this weekend in Dallas, a first-time experience for all of us. My favorite part was the petting zoo (especially the Scottish Highlands cattle --perhaps the cutest cows in the world--and the baby goats). Nick's favorite part was the high-speed whippersnapper ride that left me nauseous for the rest of the day (whee!). I think Kevin thought his favorite would be the deep-fried bacon, but despite the hype, it was truly awful. We passed on the deep-fried bubblegum, too.

Still, we ate ourselves silly at a great Tex Mex place Saturday night ( Mattito's --I am a sucker for chiles rellenos, and theirs was fantastic; same goes for the rum margarita...) Oh, and then there was brunch on Sunday morning (cheese danish!). Oy. No regrets in the least, but I was ready to get back to my own cooking by the weekend's close.

I was famished this morning so I decided to make a quinoa omelet. It's the perfect breakfast past-workout and/or on those mornings when you wake up ravenous (as in "point me to my feeding trough and no one gets hurt!"). It's jam-packed with protein so it will keep you happily full (and mollified) until lunchtime. And most importantly, it's delicious--take that, deep-fried bacon!

Quinoa Power Omelet

Makes 2 servings

3 large eggs
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
2 to 3 tbsp crumbled soft goat cheese
1. In a small bowl whisk the eggs until blended. Stir in the quinoa and season with salt & pepper.
2. In a medium nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the green onions; cook and stir 1 minute until softened.
3. Add the quinoa-egg mixture to skillet. As the eggs begin to set, scrape the sides of the pan into the center and tilt the pan until the raw egg flows to the bottom.
4. When eggs are just set, sprinkle with goat cheese. Remove from heat, fold over, and allow the cheese to melt (eggs will continue to set from heat of pan).

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