Quinoa Omelet Cakes + Giveaway

Quinoa Omelet Cakes

I like cake. Carrot cake. Pancakes. Chocolate molten cake. Quinoa cakes. My ideal diet would include the whole gamut of cakes, the birthday kind excluded.

I’ve had some serious misfortune lately, including a run-in with a Philadelphia tow truck company and a stolen wallet. That first one made me cry. The second incident made me realize life can be hard, but if you just roll with it, then it doesn’t have to feel that way. Having the “things happen for a reason” mentality allows you to avoid a lot of tears. Seriously. Although, I’m still not really sure what life was trying to tell me with that tow truck disaster. I digress…

Quinoa Omelet Cakes

Anyway, my life as of lately could use a little cake. Unfortunately, after having a huge chunk taken out of my bank account and then becoming wallet-less, I’ve put myself on a food budget. But, that doesn’t mean cake can’t be eaten. On the bright side, I have a stockpile of grains that could probably last me for the next six months. You know, just in case I ever wanted to become the whole grain version of Aladdin.

Using up some ingredients already on hand, this egg and quinoa “cake” was born. Eggs are my go-to for whipping up a quick, and as of lately, cheap, lunch for one. Quinoa cooks relatively quickly too. Although, any leftovers of the grain work perfectly in this recipe. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, such as a combo of 1/2 parm and 1/2 cheddar.

When life tries to get you down, this is likely the better cake-for-lunch solution. Trust me, I love my share of icing-topped cake too. But when does sugary cake every truly make you feel better?

What will make you feel better, aside from these cakes, is winning a giveaway! MorningStar Farms recently launched a brand new Mediterranean Chickpea Burger. They are collaborating with me to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try the new burger — for free! A few other complimentary goodies will come with the winning ticket as well. Just follow the steps below to enter.

How to enter: 

(Leave a separate comment per entry. Each separate comment will give you one entry in the contest.)

This contest closes on **June 16, 2013 at 8:00pm EST**

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite kind of cake, and why.
2) Leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ve had MorningStar’s new chickpea burger yet.
3) Become a fan of F-F-F on Facebook
4) Follow me on Twitter
5) Link this giveaway on one of your blog posts and let me know that you did.
6) Tweet a variation of this on Twitter:@GraceDickinson is giving away free Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, the latest from @MorningStrFarms – at FoodFitnessFreshAir.com.

One winner will be chosen at random by random.org.

Quinoa Omelet Cakes

Quinoa Omelet Cakes

Yield: Per cake


  • -2-3 tsp. garlic oil
  • -2 Tbsp. onion, minced
  • -1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • -1 extra large egg (or 2 small)
  • -1/4 cup extra sharp cheddar
  • -2 tsp. chives, chopped
  • -1/2 tsp. red chili pepper flakes
  • -Salt
  • -Hot sauce


  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg(s). Add quinoa, cheddar, chives, chili pepper flakes and a few dashes of salt, to taste. Stir to combine.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium high. Add onions and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally. Pour in egg mixture. Use a spatula to shape into a patty, and cook until both sides are brown, about 7-10 minutes per side, flipping halfway through.
  3. Serve with a side of hot sauce and fresh herbs, if desired.

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  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    June 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

    First off, I’m so sorry to hear about your misfortune…..stolen wallet and mishap with a tow truck?! Ugh. Well…I like your attitude about it, either way.

    The quinoa omelet cake sounds WONDERFUL!!

    As for my favorite cake? I’m with you, CARROT! OR wedding….

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    The Candid RD
    June 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I tweeted!

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    The Candid RD
    June 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    And no, I haven’t tried their new chickpea burger….but you know I want to 🙂

  • Reply
    June 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    My favorite cake is confetti angel food cake with pink seven minute frosting. This was my requested birthday cake long before angel food cake came with the egg whites in it. My mother would separate all those eggs and make me that cake every year. I especially like it after it has a chance to dry out and get somewhat chewy! Yum!

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    Irina @ wandercrush
    June 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Oh I’m sorry to hear about the Philadelphia tow truck incident (gosh, sounds like a bad joke!) and your wallet! Those are pretty rough things to handle, much less within a narrow window of time. On the other hand, these quinoa omelet cakes seem like the perfect way to cheer up; they seem so tasty and filling and comforting.
    Is it odd that the first “cake” to pop into my head was fishcakes? Hope that still counts 😉

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    June 11, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I’m so sorry about the wallet and the tow truck chica! Cake is definitely in order to lift your spirits…and I love your idea of turning to quinoa cakes! So tasty.

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    Susan Christy
    June 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    My favorite cake is spiced apple with cream cheese frosting because it reminds me of baking with my grandmother.

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