Healthy savory breakfast quinoa

This breakfast quinoa is a savory switch-up on the sweet rotation. It’s packed with veggies, filling protein, and is inherently gluten-free. Make a batch to enjoy for breakfasts for the week!

Savory breakfast quinoa collage

Hi friends! How’s the day going so far?? Things feel much more normal around here this week. Everyone is back home and together, we enjoyed an awesome long weekend, and I even had some time to meal prep and get my life back together. I’m following Brittany’s recipes this week from our ebook, and am so excited to have some new dinners in the rotation. 

I took some time to chop and prep as many ingredients as possible and also made some breakfast and snack staples. We have amazeballs ready to go (pumpkin, natch), grilled chicken, steamed eggs, chopped veggies with my favorite garlic dip, and this breakfast quinoa. 

Savory breakfast quinoa

I actually got the idea for this during our Disneyland trip. Our hotel has the BEST breakfast buffets, and it’s packed with everything everyone in our family could want. Pancakes for Liv, breakfast potatoes for P, omelets and all the bacon for the Pilot, and random healthy stuff that I love, like green juice and breakfast quinoa.

Yes, our hotel has breakfast quinoa. 

Savory breakfast quinoa closeup

I enjoyed a large bowl of it with scrambled eggs and hot sauce, and knew I needed to recreate it as soon as we came home.


I’ve had sweet breakfast quinoa many times -it’s so good with cinnamon, vanilla, fresh berries, and maple syrup- but had never thought to enjoy a savory breakfast version. This is one of those super easy and customizable meals, too. Add in any fresh veggies or herbs you have on hand! My vegan friends could even bump up protein content with some beans or tempeh bacon, too. 

Savory breakfast quinoa closeup

How to Make Savory Breakfast Quinoa

-Start off with some prepared quinoa that’s been rinsed and boiled in water (or chicken/veggie stock) until soft and fluffy.

-In a large pan, add a drizzle of oil, 3 cloves or minced garlic, and fresh, chopped veggies. I used 1 cup grape tomatoes, 2 chopped carrots, and 1 large chopped zucchini. (I meant to add 1 cup of frozen edamame and totally forgot about it in the freezer.) Season with salt and pepper as the veggies cook; about 5-7 minutes. After the veggies are soft, stir in the quinoa, and season well with salt, pepper, and a splash of Tamari or liquid aminos. Add fresh herbs if you’d like. I stirred in about 1/2 cup of chopped scallions.

It’s SO simple, and even better as leftovers. I made a huge batch and will be eating it with eggs for breakfast this week.  

Please let me know if you give it a try!

Also, I forgot to tell you that the Pilot’s first Stitch Fix came. Sadly, it was kind of a bust.

Stitch fix for men review

It included some neutral staples and jeans; nothing too exciting. We’ll see how round 2 goes.

This morning, I’m going to lift weights at home -don’t want to take P to kid’s club since she’s still a little under the weather- catching up on some work, taking Livi to music and teaching barre tonight.

What are you up to today?

Do you prefer savory or sweet in the morning? Have you tried a savory version of quinoa or oatmeal in the am?



More of my favorite make-ahead breakfast options:

The original breakfast cookie

20 healthy on-the-go breakfasts

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

Sweet potato, goat cheese, turkey bacon egg bake

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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Breakfast quinoa at a hotel? Sounds like my kind of hotel. Although, I have to say the Disney hotels always have really good food!

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

      that’s so true. i’m always impressed by the selection and there’s something for everyone <3

  2. Cassie on October 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Good morning! That looks delicious! I normally rotate between eggs, toast, avo and oatmeal. But I’ll have to give the quinoa a try!

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

      i rotate through the same things too 🙂 let me know what you think!

  3. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on October 11, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I’m all about savory breakfasts! Cheese eggs, bacon, and sweet potato hash are my faves.

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

      ahhh i love sweet potato hash too!

  4. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love quinoa and eggs together! So yummy!

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

      i do, too! so filling and delicious

  5. Liz on October 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Do you mind sharing which hotel you were at? We’ve tried a few of the surrounding hotels but none had any breakfasts to rave about at all!

    • Kate on October 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

      I second Liz’s question. We are Disneyland regulars, and I would love to know which hotel has such great breakfasts!

      • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        i’ll send you an email 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      i’ll email you!

      • Jessica on October 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Me too? Im planning a Disney trip for us next year!

        • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm

          yep, just sent!

  6. Emily on October 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Me too on the hotel! We are in San Diego and heading up to Disney after the new year…

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      i’ve got you! 🙂

  7. Anna Becker on October 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I have quinoa two or three times a week for breakfast. My favorite is quinoa with peas, avocado, and tomatoes. Sometimes I fix it like oatmeal with stevia, cinnamon, and almond milk.

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