Toasted quinoa. Where have you been all my life?
This is one of those meals that is so simple, and so quick, that you couldn't imagine it would be quite as delicious as it is. But I did not want this one to end. This was an absolutely heavenly new way to experience one of my favorite grains (I got the idea from this blog). The slightly nutty flavor of quinoa becoming crunchy and toasted on the stovetop, with melted Daiya cheese and dried thyme, and then topped off with a runny fried egg - perfection. Simple flavors that combine into a lovely meal that is at once both light and hearty. I would eat this for any meal, to be honest with you, but have had it mostly for dinner so far. One of my friends did make it for breakfast and loved it in the morning. So there you go - solid proof that it's delicious any time of the day.
Cheesy Eggy Toasted Quinoa
1/2 - 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup Daiya Vegan Cheese
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and spread the quinoa out in a single layer (or as close as possible). Sprinkle the thyme in and toast it over medium heat, stirring only occasionally, until it starts to brown.
Make a good-sized well in the middle of the quinoa and crack the egg into it. Make sure it has enough room to spread out and cook evenly or the quinoa will burn before it's done! Sprinkle the Daiya cheese over the whole thing and continue to to toast, reducing the heat slightly. When the egg is as done as you'd like it to be and the "cheese" is melted, transfer the whole thing to a plate. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!