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15 Minute Breakfast Kale and Quinoa “Fried Rice” Recipe

by Jeanette on May 12, 2014 · 19 Comments
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This Breakfast Kale and Quinoa “Fried Rice” is so quick to put together, you’ll want to make it throughout the week.
Breakfast Kale Quinoa Fried "Rice"

My husband loves fried rice – I think he could eat it almost every day, even for breakfast. In fact, I’ve been doing just that and he’s been loving it.

To make his favorite fried rice healthier, I’ve been using whole grains in place of white rice – most days I use leftover brown rice but recently, I tossed in some leftover cooked quinoa. I took this opportunity to sneak in some vegetables at breakfast too. My recent obsession is baby kale – I love how mild tasting it is, the perfect addition to fried rice and omelets.

This recipe takes just 15 minutes to make. I sauteed some chopped garlic first, before scrambling in a few eggs. Then, the quinoa went in along with a splash of rice wine, oyster sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil. Finally, a few handfuls of baby kale were tossed into the wok until the leaves just wilted. I loved how fluffy and light the quinoa got when it was stir-fried in my wok.

Breakfast Kale Quinoa Fried "Rice"

This Breakfast Fried Quinoa with Kale is a great way to start the day – packed with protein and an easy way to get some greens in at breakfast time.

Breakfast Kale and Quinoa "Fried Rice"
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Serves: 2
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs, whisked lightly
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons vegetarian oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups baby kale
  1. Heat oil in a wok or skillet. Add garlic and saute until lightly browned. Add eggs and scramble until almost done. Add quinoa and toss well. Add rice wine, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Toss quinoa well to ensure even seasoning. Add baby kale, turn off heat and toss a few more times to just cook kale through.

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  1. This sounds absolutely fabulous…for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  2. I think I’d love to mix some brown rice and quinoa, and stir-fry them together. I always have baby kale in the fridge now, and I love it for breakfast too, in omelets and egg casseroles.

  3. This fried rice is amazing! I love the idea of using quinoa- so amazing!

  4. This recipe absolutely has our name all over it!!! Liv LOVES fried rice, and quinoa is also growing on her. This will be dinner tomorrow. Thank you!

  5. Yummy savory breakfast idea, and I’m picturing making this w/ a poached egg on top! I go back and forth between sweet and savory breakfasts, but anytime I can start the day off with green is a beautiful day :-)

  6. It’s nice to know that a good breakfast doesn’t need to be drenched in syrup (or in my case, ketchup) to be delicious. Thanks for sharing this! I will have to give it a try this weekend.

  7. This is GREAT for any time of the day, Jeanette.

  8. What a great breakfast idea! I love the sound of this quinoa fried rice – such a healthy and tasty dish that would be wonderful for any meal :)

  9. I’m getting very good ideas from you today. I have lots of baby kale for my juice, but going to add to my quinoa next time (especially love garlic addition – haven’t done it before as I eat quinoa instead of steamed rice).

  10. Thank you Jeanette. Glad things are getting organized for you. I know it must have been a pain for you.

  11. Jeannette, this looks perfect. My daughter is dairy intolerant so I’m trying to include kale as much as I can for calcium. First of all, you mentioned you sometimes use brown rice. We love brown rice but I have heard warnings regarding arsenic in brown rice due to the water in which it is grown. While I still serve it, I can’t help but wonder about it. Do you have awareness of this? This recipe will be a tried and true in our kitchen!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Lena – yes, I’ve heard about arsenic in brown rice. I haven’t done a lot of research into this so unfortunately don’t know much about it. I don’t serve brown rice as often as I used to that’s for sure, so quinoa is a good alternative.

  12. Hi Jeanette! I absolutely LOVE this recipe – so simple, yet so delicious. I also recently shared this link in my 15-minute quinoa breakfast round-up. Thanks so much for sharing!


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