For the past 6 months, I have been working as a prep cook at a country club. Learning new knife skills in a fast-paced environment keeps me on my toes. It helps me improve my cooking speed and technique to be more of a professional chef. Honestly, since starting to cook for someone else, I lost a lot of my inspiration to cook for myself. I go out to eat more and it is greatly affecting my gut health. I am now taking responsibility for my health because the food you eat really does affect your mood. In order to ease my mind from negative thought patterns, eating at home keeps my cravings for carbs or sugar at bay. I notice that when I eat sugar, I feel bloated and my mind begins racing with beliefs of “not good enough”. The less I eat sugar, the more energy I have to work towards my life goals. While at work, I was asked to make pico de gallo. I prepared some quinoa a few days prior and had some leftovers. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but didn’t want to throw it away. I never went grocery shopping and had some eggs in the fridge. A lightning bolt idea came through me, which this recipe became a reality. I love that I can eat something quick that’s easy to take with you anywhere. As a bonus, this meal provides leftovers, is easy to freeze, and keeps you full for hours. For someone 5’2, ~120 lbs, and is very active, 2 of these egg cups hits the sweet spot. Enjoy my delicious recipe below:
Southwest Quinoa Egg Cups
Makes 1 dozen egg cups
· 1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa
· 5 eggs, lightly beaten
· ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
· 1 cup homemade pico de gallo ** see recipe below or buy from the store
· 2 tbsp southwest seasoning
· Salt and pepper, to taste
For the homemade pico de gallo
· 4 vine ripened tomatoes, diced small
· ¼ red onion, diced small
· ½ lime, juiced
· ½ jalapeno, seeded and diced small
· ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
· Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cook the quinoa ahead of time to make the preparation time shorter. Start by boiling 1 cup of dry quinoa on medium heat with 2 cups of water. Make sure to rinse the quinoa before boiling to remove the natural coating saponin, leaving the bitter, soapy taste behind.
2. Once the water comes to a boil, cover for 15-20 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Be careful not to overcook or the quinoa will burn at the bottom. This will make cleaning the pot a pain in the rear. :(
3. When the water evaporated, stir the quinoa with a fork to fluff it up. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to cool.
4. While the quinoa is cooling, cut and mix all ingredients for pico de gallo in a separate bowl.
** If you decided to opt out of the homemade option, you can skip this step.
5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, F.
6. Combine ingredients for the egg cups in a second bowl. I have provided an image of the southwest seasoning for reference.
7. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Scoop until basically full because they don’t really rise at all.
8. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are brown and bubbly.
9. Carefully carve out with a knife and serve steamy hot.
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