::Poached Eggs Over Cauliflower & Quinoa::

Before Austin and I rang in the New Year in Big Bear my wonderful friend Miranda came down from SLO. While she was visiting she shared an amazing breakfast/brunch recipe with me; poached eggs over cauliflower and quinoa cakes. I do not consider myself a master chef, so when Miranda recommend we try out this recipe I was a little hesitant; however, it was surprisingly easy. At my house Miranda did all the work but I decided to try it on my own in Big Bear, it was a huge success.

The best part of this recipe, besides being healthy, is that you can prep the cauliflower and quinoa mixture (Steps 1 – 5) the day/night before and store in the refrigerator.

I made a few changes, but the original recipe can be found here: What’s For Dinner?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cauliflower- chopped
  • 2 jalapeños- chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (I used the vegan cheese option)
  • 1 egg for the quinoa cakes plus 6 to 8 eggs to poach

Step 1 in a medium pot combine the following ingredients cover and bring to a boil:

  • Quinoa
  • Vegetable broth

Step 2 reduce heat and add the following ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Step 3 stir in the following ingredients:

  • Cheese
  • Jalapeños

Let the cheese melt.

Step 4 turn heat off, add egg and stir thoroughly.

Step 5 once the cauliflower & quinoa mixture has cooled make into cakes (about 2 tablespoons per cake).

Step 6 heat medium pan over medium heat and melt a small amount of coconut oil.

Cook each cake 2-3 minutes per side.

Step 7 poaching eggs, this can be done simultaneously with Step 6:

  • Bring water in a large pot to a simmer
  • Add a tbsp of vinegar
  • Crack one egg into a small bowl or coffee cup
  • Create a whirlpool in the water
  • Drop egg in, white first
  • Let cook for 3 minutes
  • Remove with slotted spoon
  • Place on a tilted plate to allow excess water to drain before serving

Step 8 top each cauliflower and quinoa cake with one poached egg.

This recipe makes 6-8 cauliflower and quinoa cakes, depending on size.

Poached Eggs Over Cauliflower & Quinoa