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Yep, quinoa for breakfast again. Doesn’t really make you want to have a sleepover now does it?

Even though I might shove quinoa down your throat in the morning, I promise the actual sleepover part will be fun. I LIVED for sleepovers when I was little.

Well, sort of – I only lived for them with my best friend who lived across the street from me, because any further away from my house and I’d have a major meltdown.

Not much has changed folks… not much has changed.

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Anyhoo – we had the best sleepovers. They usually occurred on Saturday nights right after we would watch Snick. Puhhhhlease tell me you know what Snick is. During Snick, we’d often consume an entire bag of cheddar chex mix. It was our food… sort of like our thing. And most of these sleepovers happened on the living room floor with sleeping bags and pillow fortresses and about fifty blankets. Oh, except for this one time when we decided we wanted to sleep OUTSIDE, to which we ended up sleeping in a tent… with her dad sleeping on a cot on the patio.

This may come as a shock… but that’s the extent of my camping resume. If you haven’t noticed, woods and outhouses and bugs are not my thing.

Super surprising!!! I know.

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The morning after our sleepover… sometimes we made videos. One particular video was focused on our favorite Bath and Body Works scents, and this was back in the day when they only had like, ten scents, as opposed to 23 thousand. It was country apple and cucumber melon allllll day long, my friends. None of this fireside marshmallow stuff. [Which I admittedly would have – and do – freaked over.]

We also discussed 90210… a LOT of 90210.

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Sleepovers were the bane of my mom’s existence. Maybe it was because she had three of us to deal with, but it was more likely because sleepovers translated to “staying up as late as physically possible and acting like complete brats for the next three days due to extreme exhaustion.” There was NOTHING like staying up super late with a friend on a summer night or weekend. Or snow day! OMG… now those were the best.

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I’m going to embarrassingly admit that my sleepovers from 20 years ago would be eerily similar to my sleepovers today. Snick might be a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon and cheddar chex mix might be cheddar chex mix plus wine, and well… 90210 would still probably be 90210 and if anyone is up for discussing their favorite Bath and Body Works scents, I’m totally down. The only difference is that I’m going to serve you a trendy grain (or seed… whatever) and vegetables toasted in bacon grease because that’s the only way I can eat them and then I’m gonna top it all with a dippy egg.

I don’t know. This, in fact, does sound… sort of fun.

What time can you be here?

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Quinoa Breakfast Skillet

Yield: 4 servings


4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 small sweet potato, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock (or water)
4 eggs, cooked your desired way
salt and pepper to taste


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, then remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Reduce heat to medium-low and add sweet potato, onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic to the skillet, tossing to coat. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring once or twice, until soft.

Add uncooked quinoa to vegetables and stir for 1-2 minutes, allowing it to lightly toast. Pour in stock or water and bring the mixture to a boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-ish minutes until quinoa is cooked through. While quinoa is cooking, prepare eggs as you'd desire. Once cooked, taste and season to your liking. Serve quinoa in bowls topped with eggs and cooked bacon.

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I’ll even try to cook your eggs all pretty like that. Total fluke.

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109 Responses to “Quinoa Breakfast Skillet.”

  1. #
    Becca — August 30, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Are we twins or something? I feel like I could have written this post, almost word for word. Did you raid the refrigerator too?


  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 30, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I had pizza for breakfast. This is probably healthier. Looks delicious too! Those eggs are beyond gorgeous. I can’t wait til this baby is outta me and I can have a runny yolk again.


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 30, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Love the sweet potato used in the mixture and those are a couple of the prettiest and most perfectly cooked eggs – I’ve tried to take pics of eggs for the camera and it feels like there’s about a 14 second window where they look good; not raw, shiny, too glossy, but not too overdone either. Great breakfast!


  4. #
    Liz — August 30, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    That’s a winning breakfast, for sure! Mmmm.


  5. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 30, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    What a great breakfast recipe! Love that you added sweet potato!! I am loving just your quinoa recipes! I think I’ll make some tonight! I just wish my Husband would eat it! Stupid picky Husband!


  6. #
    Simply Life — August 30, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    loved the reminder about sleepovers! those really were so fun! You should definitely try camping again! I thought I would hate it, but turns out I sort of love being completely disconnected from everything for a little while (well, one night- that’s my max :)


  7. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — August 30, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I am now inviting myself to your place for a sleepover! I bring the mimosas!

    This looks amazing!


  8. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 30, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Your pictures really make me want to like quinoa. I can’t get on that one. HOWEVER, your stories crack me up as usual! Plus, if we had a sleepover, you can make that, but I would totally bring over some cinnamon rolls and donuts, cause that’s how I roll!


  9. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — August 30, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    hahahahhaha this post is hilarious. I bet when I’m a mom I’ll hate it when my kids have sleepovers, yet I loved them and was such a brat about them when i was little. karma…


  10. #
    Kim in MD — August 30, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    You made me laugh again this morning. Ah…sleepovers. They are fun, aren’t they? The first thing I noticed about this recipe is those perfectly cooked eggs. The breakfast quinoa sounds delicious!


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 30, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    Oh my goodness, I was very, very similar as a kid! My mum HATED letting me have friends sleep over. Rather than cheddar chex mix, it was either salt and vinegar Lays or that munchie mix.. you know the one that comes in the blue bag with pretzels, cheetos, and I can’t remember what else but was really amazing? Yep, that one. Oh, and no Snick for us but I was ALL about the Freddie Prinze Jr flicks. But as gorgeous as he was back in his single days, I could never stay awake if we started a movie after 9. My mum would always tell me that there was no point in having friends sleep over if I was just going to fall asleep on them! She had a point…. but if there was enough of that Muchie Mix around, there was no falling asleep for me!


  12. #
    Krissy @ Make it Nakead — August 30, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    B&BW Honeysuckle!! I’m down for a slumby if we play MASH. And I’ll eat that quinoa for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


  13. #
    Laura — August 30, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    oh geeeze, I will be making this soon. minus the bacon and I’m happier than possible.

    ps, I’m totally coming over. if i wasn’t in a different country and if it wasn’t creepy, I’d be there.


  14. #
    Claire — August 30, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    I absolutely loved this post! I was smiling the entire time and I totally miss sleepovers as a kid. Is it still socially acceptable to plan a slumber party because I want all of that. Right now.


  15. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 30, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    my fave bath and body works scent was sun-ripened raspberry. And I LOVED cheddar chex mix!! I feel we would’ve had a blast at a sleepover together Jessica. And these days? we’d still have fun but a bloody mary would be mandatory with this breakfast. :) Or a mimosa!


  16. #
    Diane, A Broad — August 30, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Cucumber melon all the way, indeed! I didn’t get to go on too many sleepovers when I was little, so my friends would always sleep over out my house. Our thing was, um, dancing around to the Spice Girls and taking lots and lots of silly pictures. On film. The cost to develop those buggers was always a pain.


  17. #
    Harper — August 30, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    The day I found out I was allergic to the raspberry bath and body works scent was a little devastating. I went full blown cucumber melon afterwards.


    • Jessica — August 30th, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Whoa… that would be rough.


  18. #
    Ashley - bakerbynature — August 30, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Look at those eggs! They look cooked to perfection!


  19. #
    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen — August 30, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I can totally get behind this quinoa for breakfast thing. And those eggs look perfect!


  20. #
    Chelsy — August 30, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    SNICK AT NIGHT! Totally a fan…and I know what you mean about those Bath and Body scents…Vanilla Bean is where it’s at! My sleepovers usually consisted of my younger sister, my cousin who is the same age, and my bff. It would usually end up with us shaving our legs, reading J-14 magazines, and dressing up in our Spice Girl outfits and singing their songs on our makeshift stage in our house! Boom!


  21. #
    Ashley — August 30, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I will never get sick of quinoa for breakfast. Especially topped with an egg. Definitely, definitely, watched Snick.


  22. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 30, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Oooh, delish idea! I’d love a big scoop of this for breakfast! Or, forget it, how about just the whole pan.


  23. #
    Holiday Baker Man — August 30, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Perfect for the long weekend breakfast.


  24. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 30, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I was about to say–those are the prettiest eggs I’ve ever seen! Perfection. Totally watched Snick (Kenan & Kel all the way), Cucumber Melon was my personal favorite, and we would eat Salt & Vinegar chips as our personal snack of choice (oh yes, and Coke–in case we needed more caffeine). Sleepovers were the best!!

    Must make this breakfast, I am running out of good breakfast ideas and this one sounds awesome.


  25. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 30, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    That looks soooooooooo good! I can’t wait to try this!


  26. #
    Mai — August 30, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    hahaha, cucumber melon! that was my favorite scent for the longest time.


  27. #
    Kari — August 30, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Delicious! Sun Ripened Raspberry…maybe a little Fressia of Juniper Berry if you were feelin crazyyy.


  28. #
    Beth — August 30, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Bath and Body Works Freesia was my fav! I died a little inside when they discontinued it. (How dramatic was I at the age of 12???) They bring it back at holidays sometimes!


    • Jessica — August 30th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      OMG… I know.


  29. #
    Laura — August 30, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I can’t believe that you said” Dippy” egg…. I have been calling them that all my life and recently posted it on face book. So many of my Pittsburgh friends commented. I think it was the dippy egg that got them. Too funny.


    • Jessica — August 30th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      I didn’t even know it was a Pittsburgh thing until I started blogging a few years ago!


  30. #
    Jessica L. — August 30, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    ahh those eggs are gorgeous! I would totally come for a sleepover if it meant we got to eat that for breakfast!!


  31. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 30, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    OMG, only white tea and ginger! Matter of fact, I seriously went into B&BW the other day because years ago my sis gave me her (nearly empty, bia) bottle of white tea and ginger room spray. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Well, LO AND BEHOLD, they don’t carry it anymore. My world was shattered and then I went home and lit incense. That’s all.

    I’ll be over in 20.


  32. #
    Sues — August 30, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Our sleepovers are exactly the same! Except we ate a lot of Smart Food. And played Bloody Mary in front of the mirror. I’m still totally scared by that game.

    Adult sleepovers would be so much better because we’d cook awesome food, drink wine, and brunch for hours. Sometimes I feel like being married is one big sleepover that you’re always allowed to go to. So cheesy, but so much fun!


    • Jessica — August 30th, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      OMG… I am still PETRIFIED of bloody mary! Seriously! Every time I wash my face and close my eyes I’m scared.


  33. #
    Becca — August 30, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Those are the most beautiful eggs ever. So perfect!


  34. #
    JulieD — August 30, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I adore this!! I’m the weirdo that would make this with turkey bacon…I’m so making this soon for me myself & I! :) And aren’t you glad youtube wasn’t around when we were growing up? I feel like we would be so embarrassed by all of those videos we made bc we would have been dumb/smart enough to post them!


  35. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 30, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    yes please!!! oh how I adore quinoa!


  36. #
    Jess — August 30, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    This looks SO good! Looks like I’m having 2 breakfasts today . . .


  37. #
    Melissa — August 30, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Sun Ripened Raspberry, Juniper Breeze and Country Apple Anti-Bacterial. I probably applied more than the recommended dose of these daily. Does anyone remember the glitter versions?! <3

    Also.. Snick makes me miss Nick @ Nite when it was real old TV and not like, Saved by the Bell which is a classic but seriously I watched those when I was 10 and so I cannot possibly be that old to where it it is considered vintage telivision.


  38. #
    Cristy — August 30, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    This looks incredible. I’ll be right over.
    On another note, I’m currently elbow deep in Gone Girl and Ohmygoditssogood!!!! So, thanks for that, and for good food and great pics!


  39. #
    Kristina — August 30, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    DUDE I will be RIGHT OVER.

    I lived for sleepovers too, and my best friend lived Right Next Door. it was so awesome. our sleepovers always ended with church, though… where we were incredibly tired. then we were college housemates, so the sleepovers totally continued. with wine and other hijinks.

    this breakfast! GAAH. I love quinoa any and all times of day. I made a brown butter quinoa the other day…


    • Kristina — August 30th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

      (sorry for calling you dude. I am excitable).


  40. #
    Michelle — August 30, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Best. Sleepovers. Ever. I’d totally trade the multiple cans of chile con carne with melted Velveeta for some of this. Actually, can we have both?

    How do you get your eggs to be so perfect?!


    • Jessica — August 30th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

      I don’t always cook them this way – but for photos I do. I use an electric griddle and cook them on the lowest temp without flipping. It takes a looooong time – hence why I don’t do it that way every day. :)


      • Erin — August 30th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

        I was about to ask the same thing. Good tip!

  41. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — August 30, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I’ve got the fireside marshmallow scent bug thing in my car. So my car smells like marshmallows. Win.

    I wish I could make my eggs look that pretty!


  42. #
    Sloan — August 30, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the invite but I think that I should pass. I’m pretty sure that having a boy at your sleepover might cause a slight problem. But I could stop by for breakfast. Keep these awesome recipes coming!


  43. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 30, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Those eggs are perfection. And cucumber melon was my favorite too.


  44. #
    Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa — August 30, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Okay so of course I’m a die hard quinoa fan, but I just have to say if I wasn’t already smitten by the photos of this recipe, the last one would have completely done me in. That is perfection in one bite. Quinoa, drenched in soft, runny egg yolk, with slightly crunchy veggies? Out of this world! Lovely, lovely breakfast :)


  45. #
    Ashley — August 30, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Uh, yeah, I’m RSVP-ing!! I see mentions above of refrigerator raids! Ah, good times. My friends and I had to have root beer floats on sleepover nights…

    And…CUCUMBER MELON! That was the only scent I used to get in the lotion/body spray/shower gel combo package.


  46. #
    Jennifer — August 30, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    It’s like you read my mind! Tomorrow is my husbands birthday and I have been looking for a great breakfast involving bacon and eggs sans bread. This is perfect!


  47. #
    Adrienne [Midwestern Belle] — August 30, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh gosh, I couldn’t even stay overnight at my grandparents without breaking into tears. Talk about a baby. Which is prob why I live 20 min from my parents and see them every Sunday!


  48. #
    tag — August 30, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Ok, so, I am quite older than you…..our sleepovers were all about The Ouige Board, Doritos, Duran, Duran and Tiger mags. Ya, I am that old!
    but I still looove Sleepovers.
    I tried to explain to my 6yr old neice what a sleep over was=sleeping on the floor with lots of blankets, snacks, staying up all night. I lost her at ‘sleeping on the floor’ she was not down with that!!!!
    I hope she gets it before she is 10.
    And yes LOVE quinoa and cannot wait to make it for breakfast!


    • tag — August 30th, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

      *TigerBeat mags


  49. #
    Lindsey — August 30, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Don’t forget the juniper breeze! Totally my favorite.


  50. #
    süsk — August 30, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I somehow arrived here after googling “juicer foam” and OHMYJESUSHPOOP I am in love with the food here. Did I lick the screen? Yeah, maybe.

    New reader…totally bookmarked this shizz. AWESOME.



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