Well all of that bacon, butter, ice cream and deep frying has gone to my waist. Time to start eating healthier. Well, at least once a week. Also, not too healthy as I need to have my daily dose of bacon. But, here is the start.

Bacon Quinoa with a Poached Egg
Bacon Quinoa with a Poached Egg

Quinoa sounds like (key-new-a) is a grain-like crop that is full of protein, contains essential amino acids and is also gluten free. Unlike cereals like wheat or rice, quinoa is a edible seed from chenopod which is a close relative of the tumbleweed. Sounds gross, I know, but this stuff is good for you. For being a complete protein source it tastes really good. Although, that maybe because I started with bacon fat, but anyways it goes great with bacon. It has a texture similar to couscous and can be used an alternative for couscous or rice.

Bacon Quinoa with a Poached Egg – (From Bruce Sherman via Food and Wine Magazine)

  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 thick slices of bacon, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 1 tbs minced chives
  • 1 tbs chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

If you purchased slivered almonds and they are not toasted, place them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for about 4 minutes or until they are golden brown.

In a medium sauce pan add the vegetable oil and bacon.  Cook until the fat has rendered out of the bacon, about 5 minutes.  Then add the shallot and cook until it is softened, about 1 minute.

I love bacon fat!!! - I guess my diet won't go so good.
I love bacon fat!!! – I guess my diet won’t go so good.

Add the quinoa, chicken stock and sage sprig and bring to a boil.  When the mixture starts to boil, reduce to low and cover.  Let simmer covered for 16-20 minutes, or until the stock is all absorbed.  Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes.

Add a whole sprig of sage, that way it will be easier to remove.
Add a whole sprig of sage, that way it will be easier to remove.

While the quinoa is resting, bring 2 inches of water to boil in a deep pan.  Add 1 tbs of vinegar to the water.  When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.   Add the egg(s) one at a time into the pan.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes depending on how done you like your poached eggs.  Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to dry.

Remove the sprig of sage from the quinoa and fluff it with a fork.  Then stir in the almonds, chopped parsley and minced chives.

Add the herbs
Add the herbs

Plate and serve with the poached egg(s) on top.  This dish would be great as a side too.

I probably should have made two eggs, but I only had one.
I probably should have made two eggs, but I only had one.

In case you were wondering the average serving of quinoa contains 14 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 64 grams of carbs, 7 grams of dietary fiber.  Oh, don’t forget about vitamins B1, B1, B8, B9 and E.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


    • I just got introduced to quinoa too. Love the stuff. Paired with bacon it is pretty much unstoppable.

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