Quinoa Power Breakfast with arugula and roasted radishes – a protein packed, flavorful, nutritious way to start your day. And it can be made in just 30 minutes!
Happy New Year, Friends! I hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration. I’ve had about 2 weeks off from doing much of anything blog related. It was a much needed break, but the kids go back to school tomorrow and I’m ready to hit the ground running again.
A few weeks ago, hubby and I escaped to Kohler, WI, for an extended weekend getaway. We ate, we drank, we hit the spa (the highlight of the trip!!), we smiled, we laughed, we relaxed! Bliss! We enjoyed brunch in the Wisconsin Room restaurant one morning. Hubby hit up the HUGE fancy buffet, but since there wasn’t much in the way of plant based foods up there besides fruit, I ordered off the menu. As luck would have it, they had a Quinoa Power Breakfast and a healthy Green Smoothie on the menu and both were delicious! I loved the quinoa so much that I decided to recreate it when I got home and this recipe is the result. I hope you love it too!
Breakfast – the Most Important Meal of the Day
You know what “they” say – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. Choose a sugary donut and soda, you’ll be exhausted by 10am and I’m guessing you won’t be hitting the gym later. Choose healthy carbs, protein and greens and you’ll power through your day like a rockstar, checking off your to-do list like a boss. This Quinoa Power Breakfast will fill you up without filling you out. Get ready to take on the day!
Protein Packed Quinoa
Quinoa is a naturally gluten free, plant based complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. You cook it and eat like you would most grains, but quinoa is actually a seed, in the same family as spinach and chard. It contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also high in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, fiber, and folate. I usually use tri-colored quinoa because I think it’s prettier, but I opted for white quinoa this time because I used turmeric (I’m obsessed with turmeric lately!) and I really wanted that golden color to come through and let the beauty of the tomatoes and radishes shine.
I’ve shown you how to roast radishes before in my Roasted Radish and Brussels Sprouts Salad and I’m doing it again because they are so good! Roasting them really mellows out the flavor and tones done the “spiciness.” Radishes are low in calories, and high in nutrients. They are incredibly high in antioxidants and contain high amounts of vitamin C, and also decent levels of B vitamins, folate, and calcium. You need to get some radishes in your diet asap!
Quinoa Power Breakfast
I hope you guys love this Quinoa Power Breakfast as much we do! If you give it a try, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback. And don’t forget to share on social media! Tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it! Enjoy and Happy New Year!
- 10-12 radishes (quartered)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- sprinkle salt/pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Toss the quartered radishes with the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Roast for 15-20 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through to redistribute.
- Meanwhile, in a medium pot, sauté the diced onion in 1-2 tbsp of water until soft, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the broth, turmeric, lemon juice, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10-15 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
- Add the diced tomato and arugula to the quinoa. Stir. Taste and add additional salt/pepper if needed.
- Serve with the roasted radishes and another squeeze of lemon over everything, if desired.
This dish would also make a great easy lunch or light dinner!
More Clean Eating Vegan Breakfast Recipes :
My Favorite Avocado Toast (nut free, oil free, refined sugar free, and gluten free option)
Baked Oatmeal Muffins w/ Cranberries (gluten free, nut free, refined sugar free and oil free!)
Coconut Chia Granola (oil free, gluten free, nut free, refined sugar free!)