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Quinoa Breakfast Scramble & Making the “Right” Decisions

This Quinoa Breakfast Scramble is the perfect way to start the day.  Packed with healthy nutrients and filling enough to last you through to lunch.  I have no doubt that this will lead to an even healthier lunch and dinner.

Scroll to the bottom to get to the recipe right away, or keep reading for a quick catch up.

Making the “Right” Decisions

I rarely, if ever, get FOMO.  But those few times I do get FOMO almost always have to do with sporting events.  Luckily, my favorite teams don’t go to the Championship ever year… but when they do…

I was blessed to be able to attend several of the Bulls Championships in the 90s.  Then I had the opportunity to attend the Bears Super Bowl back in 2006 (they lost to the Colts, #sadface).  I went back to visit or lived in Chicago and celebrated along with the city during the ‘09-‘10, ‘12-‘13, and ‘14-‘15 Blackhawks run.  Heck, I’m even proud to say that I am living in Denver now with the Super Bowl joining us here last season!

I just love the spirit of cities during championship season.  Everyone is together and even the largest of cities feels like a small community – because we all have something in common.  It’s a beautiful time, and my heart aches missing those opportunities.  But there is one event that I missed and another that I can foresee myself missing now.  Both for very good reasons, but it’s still hurting me nonetheless.

In 2009, Miami University went to the NCAA National Championship for hockey.  It was in Washington D.C. and I decided incredibly last minute (though a decision either way would be last minute) not to make the 8 hour drive with some of my friends to the game because finals were coming up right afterwards.

I can still remember where I was during that game.  My housemates and I posted up at a table at Buffalo Wild Wings hours before the game was supposed to start.  In an incredibly college style move, we took a shot for every goal our team scored – do as I do y’all, not as I did.  We didn’t even win the game, but by the end, the whole restaurant was standing on our chairs cheering the whole way.  (Including the Oxford, OH cops who came into the restaurant to watch the end of the game.)

I loved the spirit of that day, but I still am somewhat bummed that I wasn’t in that rink to watch the whole game unfold.

Now, we have 98% decided to not make the trip back to Chicago for the Cubs World Series.  Recognizing that I’m a small business owner, that we just bought a place, that we just had a wedding, and realizing how much travel we have coming up in the holiday season, making the trip seems a little unnecessary at this point.  It’s really hard to skip such a HUGE moment for the city of Chicago (win or lose), but I know that the best decision for us right now is to celebrate from our chosen home state of Colorado.  (Though don’t worry, we’ll still be surrounded by plenty of Cubs fans!)

Isn’t it strange that sometimes seemingly incredibly silly and trite things, like whether or not we’ll travel 16 hours to stand outside of a stadium with 3,000,000 people that we hardly know, can be the hardest decisions to make?

But, now on to our recipe…

Quinoa Breakfast Scramble

With all of these obviously life changing (obviously kidding, #firstworldproblems) decisions coming up, I was in the mood for an incredibly cozy-feeling breakfast early this week.  But, at the same time, I didn’t want to eat a big group of unhealthy calories to ruin my diet for the day.

Instead, I decided to make this beyond delicious Quinoa Breakfast Scramble to curb my appetite and help me start my day on a healthy note.  While it may not look tasty, trust me when I say that this is kind of like the nachos of breakfast scrambles – it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  It’s just that good.

Quinoa Breakfast Scramble

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2 adults


  • 1/2 cup quinoa (dry)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 avocado (cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons mild, chunky salsa
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer until the water runs clear.  Place the quinoa and 1 cup water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Allow to simmer until the seeds are translucent. (about 10-15 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, place the eggs in a small bowl with two teaspoons of water.  With a whisk, beat the eggs until they are smooth and slightly frothy on the top.  In a skillet sprayed with baking spray, cook the eggs for just over a minute before flipping to the other side.  Make sure that the eggs are to your desired level of “doneness” on both sides before removing from heat.
  3. To serve, place all ingredients, other than the salsa, in a bowl and mix completely.  Serve on two plates and top with 1 tablespoon of salsa each.  Enjoy!

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