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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.”

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    Jen @ ConcreteNCoffee — August 30, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I’d say my sleepovers of the past were equally awesome. Although we were inexplicably obsessed with The Monkees (even then we knew they weren’t real musicians, we just didn’t care) so we’d watch them all night then karaoke to their songs all the next day.

    Totally bookmarking this recipe, by the way. I need to make this for my husband. This might become my “get him to clean up the kitchen without asking” breakfast food :)


    • Lisa L — August 31st, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

      @Jen – you must be in my generation! It was Monkees, Osmonds, Bobby Sherman and the Partridge Family – yowza! And we did that dumb thing with bras in freezers and truth or dare games. Damn, I miss being a kid!


      • Angela Thompson — June 15th, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

        Totally my generation. I was obsessed with them all. I took one entire room in my bedroom and floor to ceiling was covered with pictures of these guys along with Paul Revere and the Raiders. Remember them? I thought my Mom would die when she saw it. Those were fun days.

        Again, loving your column. Thanks for the memories, recipes, and fun. You will most definitely become my favorite go to column for a bit of laughter, and of course, great recipes.

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    Vicki @ WITK — August 30, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Oh, I loved sleepovers in middle school! We would always watch scary movies and giggle about boys :) This breakfast quinoa would totally be my dinner, because I don’t like eggs for breakfast. I know, I’m strange.


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    Mindy Grant — August 31, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    Your sleepovers sound a lot like mine! I absolutely know what Snick is!! I used to watch that all the time, as well as 90210! 90210 is still one of my very favorite, if not my very favorite, tv shows! I love it when they play marathons on SoapNet!! I have seen every episode a gazillion times! I know some episodes word for word. Is that sad??


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    Tali Simon @ More Quiche, Please — August 31, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    In 7th grade, I was in love with my set of mini hand sanitizer bottles from Bath & Body Works — each with a different scent, of course, for maximum joy. One little splurt and the whole classroom smells like cucumber melon! Those were the days.


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    Kelly — August 31, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Wow. Talk about a breakfast that will stick to your ribs. This looks amazing!


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    Hilary — August 31, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I’m so glad you call them dippy eggs! I’ve never heard anyone outside of my family call them that!


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    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — August 31, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    YUM! I love quinoa so I must make this soon!


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    Jennifer — August 31, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    This looks really good. I wake up early, so breakfast anytime is good! I love the new layout design you have.


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    Deziray — August 31, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Seriously!!!.. How did you get your eggs to look so perfect!!!… Must TELL!!. I cannot for the life of me cook a egg like that. Please share. thank you.
    I love your blogg., it’s the sugar in my coffee every morning. :).


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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — August 31, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    This looks insanely hearty, and the things you do with quinoa make me happy. That is all.


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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 31, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Why do my eggs never look like this??!!! Amazing!


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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — August 31, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I love sleepovers, doesn’t matter the age. I have a feeling sleepovers at my place will soon turn into 9 year old boys… Oy, can we can a girls weekend, please?? Miss your face and love this recipe – right up my alley [post pregnancy ;)]


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    Lisa L — August 31, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Jessica, how about trying to poach the eggs by cushioning them in mounds of the hash, cover with a lid and let the steam do it’s thing? I’ll try it and let you know if it works. Love it!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 31, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    I just love the new look!!


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    ShannonD — August 31, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    You have no idea how happy this post makes me.
    I am constantly reading pieces of your blog to my huband and can hardly get through it without cracking up – and he just looks at me like I’m ridiculous. I say, “Doesn’t she sound just like me? You don’t think she’s hilarious?! How are you NOT LAUGHING?!” And he just continues to look at me like I’m loony.

    I missed Tuesday. Got a double dose tonight.
    Thanks for making my Friday better.

    PS: In a totally non-creepy way – I’ll sleepover at your place any day.


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    Katie@Cozydelicious — September 1, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    I’ve been loving a sweet quinoa porridge for breakfast, but a savory quinoa breakfast? Yes, please! This looks awesome!


  17. #
    Siyam — September 1, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    two words: Snick ruled.


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    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — September 10, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    I’m sitting in office and thinking about breakfast and suddenly two eggs on my screen! Yummy , I think I know what will I eat today :)


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    Bridget — September 12, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    I love reading all of your posts…but this one totally hit home for me. Snick and sleepovers…wow…blast from the past. Sounds like my childhood. But…the thing that got me most from this….the reason that I had to comment….Until now, I have never met anyone outside my immediate family that used the terminology, “dippy egg.” You have totally made my night…I can’t wait to call my sister. Thanks for writing!


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    Kristi Rimkus — November 20, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    What a nice change for breakfast. This is on my breakfast menu in the future for sure!


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    Shelley Mock — January 30, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Can you provide the nutritional information? Thanks


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    Lauren — February 19, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! This was the best breakfast (lunch and dinner) I’ve cooked in a while. I drizzled Sriracha on the finished product and though it added a great extra-kick!


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    Kristen Ferrari — April 8, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    I loved this! However, I think next time, I’ll cook the quinoa ahead of time, and add it to the veggies. I also added asparagus to my veg mix, and garnished with the bacon and sliced avocado. YUM!



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