Quinoa Hummus Breakfast Bowl

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Last night, the Husband and I went on a date.  Keepin’ the romantic alive by seeing the creepiest movie ever.


Contagion tells the story of a flu-like disease that spreads rapidly and kills off a large portion of the world’s population.   Think:  lots of long, lingering shots on everything the contaminated people coughed on, sneezed over, or touched.  Did you know the average person touches their face 2,000 – 3,000 times a day?




After the movie, we got fries from Five Guys but were way too paranoid to touch any surfaces (I’m hoping this wears off in a day or two).


You say peanuts, I say HOTBED OF INFESTATION.


All joking aside, it was a good movie – pretty slow but good.  It really makes you think about how our modern, global society is so vulnerable to viruses and germs.


I have a great (germ-free) breakfast recipe for you.  Sometimes, I lay in bed in the morning, trying to wake up, and think about fun breakfast recipes.  And this is what I came up with today.  Think – savory oats, but better.


Quinoa Hummus Breakfast Bowl




  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Holy Deliciousness Hummus
  • 1 handful raw spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • Sliced almonds




  • In a small pot, cook the quinoa and water per these directions.
  • Meanwhile, scramble the egg in a separate container.
  • When the quinoa is almost done, add in the torn spinach and hummus.
  • Stir thoroughly and allow to heat through.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Scoop into bowl and top with egg and sliced almonds.


It’s raining, it’s pouring…


Another day at the computer.  I must be productive today, especially since I wasn’t yesterday!


And being productive definitely includes disinfecting my entire house.



  • Therese September 22, 2011, 9:35 am

    Ha I’m reading this with the sniffles I caught from a NICU baby with Rhinovirus who I took care of for 2 days before he got diagnosed and put in isolation. I understand the germ theory all too well!

  • Annalisa September 22, 2011, 9:36 am

    have a baby and suddenly you see all the germ-y potential!! oh, and you’ll never see a movie again! …or for a while 😉

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 22, 2011, 9:40 am

    The germ thing is crazy if you think about it. I try not to otherwise the airports that I’m constantly in would turn me into a headcase!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 22, 2011, 9:40 am

    Sounds like a great recipe! My mum once warned me about peanuts sitting around in dishes at bars when we were sitting one day in the lounge at our golf club. Since that day, I don’t go near them!

  • Liz September 22, 2011, 9:40 am

    That movie was very good…but scary! I work in a hospital laboratory as a clinical lab scientist & often think about how dirty EVERYTHING is! And now I’m dealing with bronchitis, which started right after I saw the movie…

  • Carrie @ Carrie Runs Goofy September 22, 2011, 9:41 am

    In looking at your breakfast, I believe I have found my dinner tonight, because that looks freaking delicious!

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:07 pm

      Hope it was delicious!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 22, 2011, 9:41 am

    LOVE me some quinoa in the morning

    and I’m actually getting a little crazy with germs too … had a stomach infection for the last few weeks and I’m a flurry of cleaning the kitchen, avoiding “public” food, and washing my hands is the most extreme – I can’t stop washing them!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs September 22, 2011, 9:42 am

    Sounds like a movie based on the game Pandemic 2… I was so addicted to it for a while!! I like to think that as a kid I ate enough dirt and climbed enough trees to have a beast of an immune system as an adult!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 22, 2011, 9:47 am

    Did you like the end of the movie, Caitlin? I won’t spoil it for anyone by saying why, but I was kinda disappointed! Overall not bad but I feel like the writers could have done a better job with the plot.

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:08 pm

      yea i guess i would’ve liked a ‘better’ neater ending but it was still good! jude law’s character was the best.

  • Sue @ Sue In Training September 22, 2011, 9:48 am

    Sounds like a movie my husband and I would enjoy. I think my immune system works very well, I rarely get any viruses or infections.
    I love savory breakfasts! Need to try that recipe soon.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 22, 2011, 9:48 am

    Ewww, movies like that skeeve me out. Remember Outbreak? With Dustin Hoffman? I was afraid of getting some airborne illness for months after watching that movie.

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com September 22, 2011, 9:51 am

    oh my gosh I cannot see movies like that! my husband is a nurse and i hear WAY too many horror stories about germs and sickness. you are one brave girl!

  • Juani September 22, 2011, 9:54 am

    I think we’re much better off than people a few hundred years (or even less) ago.The life expectancy for the average man and woman was much less than it is nowadays.So yes,germs get worse and worse,but despite that,we are still living longer lives.

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:11 pm

      Good point!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 22, 2011, 9:57 am

    I am going to take a shot at savory oats sometime in the near future…. 😉

    And yes, it is gross to think about all the germs everywhere….EEEWWWWW! I think I’m gonna clean today too!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 22, 2011, 10:08 am

    I think we’ll wait for Redbox for that movie. I can see myself getting creeped out about germs so maybe I’m better off not seeing it at all!

    I like the new picture/button things for top posts, etc on the side of your blog — maybe they’ve been there forever but I just noticed them today!

  • Kerry September 22, 2011, 10:08 am

    Caitlin, I love you and your blog deeply. But that recipe makes me want to puke. I do give you points for your creativity and flare.

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:12 pm

      Hahah I SWEAR it’s really delicious! If you lived in Charlotte I would come over and give you a bowl and convert you.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 22, 2011, 10:09 am

    I may or may not have a slight hummus obsession, so seeing the words “hummus” and “breakfast” next to each other is like a dream.

    And as for the germs? Hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer!

  • Army Amy* September 22, 2011, 10:17 am

    I think about all the germs, and I’m amazed at modern medicine and the human body!*

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly September 22, 2011, 10:18 am

    I don’t think I could see that movie, my germ phobia is already bad enough. I’d have to live in a plastic bag after watching that!

  • Wes September 22, 2011, 10:20 am

    I was going to take my wife to see it and read how slow it was – you just confirmed that for me too! Thanks! Probably wait until it comes to the $2 theatre to see it.

  • Mary September 22, 2011, 10:28 am

    That movie reminds me of a book I read once It’s called “the Hot Zone” i think it’s by Richard Preston. It is all about the ebola outbreak in the US and how it killed so many people and how they traced it back to test monkeys in the lab. Also another good book by him is called “demon in the freezer” it’s about the small pox outbreak. I mean… if you’re into freaking yourself out like that, I say they should be on your next read list. I’ve read them both. They’re excellent.

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:12 pm

      I LOVE THE HOT ZONE. best book ever!!!!!!!!

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 22, 2011, 10:32 am

    That looks so filling and tasty! (and germ free, haha)

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 22, 2011, 10:37 am

    Laughing at your germophobic moments – I get like that often enough, I probably shouldn’t see the movie!

  • Carrie Shaw September 22, 2011, 10:40 am

    That quinoa bowl looks amazing! At first your almond slices looked like garlic and I was thinking, wow that is serious business!!

  • Khushboo September 22, 2011, 10:43 am

    Bar nuts and restaurant mints at the reception are the worst…as germy as a toilet seat!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 22, 2011, 10:49 am

    I don’t think I could see that movie because I am SUCH a hypochondriac. I was sick when the whole swine flu thing happened, and of course I convinced myself I had it!

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) September 22, 2011, 10:55 am

    I don’t think I could live a functional life after seeing that movie!

  • Chelsea September 22, 2011, 10:56 am

    How was Contagion? The boy-friend and I might go see Abduction this week. Taylor L whoop whoop ;D

    • CaitlinHTP September 22, 2011, 8:13 pm

      Yay Taylor 🙂 I wanna see that, too. Just for eye candy.

  • Emily September 22, 2011, 10:58 am

    That breakfast looks great!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 22, 2011, 11:06 am

    contagion was filmed in my hometown! i spotted matt damon from across the street multiple times last winter… and gwenyth paltrow and kate winslet were also regulars in our local restaurants.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 22, 2011, 11:06 am

    that sounds like a delicious breakfast! I’ll have to try it when it starts cooling off around here! aka tomorrow… And I’m SO NOT seeing that movie!!! Haha, too much paranoia for me!

  • Ashley @ Freckles & Spice September 22, 2011, 11:16 am

    I had a germaphobia attack for awhile when I took microbiology in college. Eventually I realized I survived 20 years without being a crazy Lysol lady.
    I can’t wait to try this for bfast one time. Sometimes savory bfast just really hits the spot. I’ve done eggs on oats, but quinoa sounds better!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 22, 2011, 11:49 am

    watching Contagion in a theater (germs galore!!) is a little ironic, lol. I think I will wait to watch the movie at home with Hubby, a bottle of antibacterial gel and Lysol.

  • deva @ deva by definition September 22, 2011, 11:51 am

    I don’t know if I could see this movie without being afraid to open my own refrigerator. AT least for a few days.

    I’m not a super-sanitizer, but I am trying to cut back on how much I touch my face – it gives me wicked acne.

  • Moni'sMeals September 22, 2011, 11:52 am

    haha that is so funny, I heard the same thing from my friends who all saw it..a little parinoid afterwards. 🙂

    GREAT Breakfast, yummmmmm!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 22, 2011, 11:53 am

    I can imagine that would taste good with some green onion… or maybe it’s just me.

  • Penny September 22, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I want to see this, though I’m sure it will terrify me. My 10 year old will never be able to see this movie as he is a MAJOR germaphobe. Is that a word? Did I spell it right? Oh well…

  • AmandaonMaui September 22, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Our world is covered in germs. You’re covered in germs. I don’t really stress about it too much. I don’t use antibiotic soap because those soaps encourage the bacteria to become stronger. I eat well and try to get enough sleep so that my immune system is strong.

    I also love Five Guys fries. They’re gluten free!

  • Amber K September 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    lol, this is why I specifically refuse to see that movie. I already get creeped out by germs!

  • Laura September 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Every time I touched my face during that movie I freaked out a little. I’ve calmed down since then, but I still get stressed whenever I ride the train to work. Mostly, I was freaked out by how realistic the movie was.

  • Corrie Anne September 22, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Ayyy the PREVIEWS of that movie scare me!! Yu’re so brave. 🙂

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 22, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Mmm…that breakfast looks yummy and so original! And I love movie date nights, they’re so much fun! <3 I am completely loving your new sidebar Caitlin – and am off to explore it! 😀 xyx

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I love savory quinoa bowls for lunch and dinner, but I don’t think I could do it for breakfast even though it looks great!

    Ew, I don’t want to see that movie. Ever.

  • Lee September 22, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I touch my face way too much. it’s a really bad habit, and I get zits from it!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn September 22, 2011, 2:06 pm

    That looks really good! I’ve been obsessed with eggs for breakfast for 4 months now. I need serious help. This HAS eggs.. and mixes it up a little. A new recipe to try out in my new Austin kitchen! Thanks 🙂

  • lauren September 22, 2011, 2:14 pm

    That looks like a movie my husband and I would both like. I really get into movies that make ya think.
    I love eggs for breakfast! I just bought some quinoa a few weeks ago and haven’t done much with it yet. I’ve been talking up the pineapple quinoa you had a few weeks ago, looks like I’ll have to give both a try next week.
    Glad I’m not the only one who thinks about recipes in bed at night 😉

  • katie @ KatieDid September 22, 2011, 2:38 pm

    mmmm I make similar dinner bowls like this. I like sunny side up eggs on top so the yolk runs through it as a yummy dressing.

  • Ella September 22, 2011, 7:00 pm

    My roommates and I all gave eachother the “oh crap” look when we saw the commercial for that movie – as health care professionals I’m sure were going to see a huge influx of germaphobes thinking they have the bird flu within the next couple of weeks..

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 22, 2011, 8:22 pm

    I think seeing that movie would really creep me out – it’s scary to think of something like that actually happening!

  • Janine September 22, 2011, 8:40 pm

    Fun fact about Contagion.. it was filmed in Chicago (even though the movie doesn’t take place here), and there is a little boy who played Gwyneth Paltrow’s son in the movie. Several years ago I was his teacher…I had no idea until he came on screen!

  • Brittney September 22, 2011, 9:28 pm

    I want to try hummus but I’m scared of it… I’ve never thought of mixing it into a dish before. I might have to try this 🙂

  • Megan September 22, 2011, 11:43 pm

    My first tweet after seeing Contagion was. “I’m never leaving my house again. Ever.”

    Yeah, I got over it the next day.

  • Elizabeth September 23, 2011, 6:51 am

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    SO GOOD. Trust me you will love it.

    Dystopia about kids at a school in the English countryside…

    • Elizabeth September 23, 2011, 6:52 am

      Oops, left this comment on the wrong post…

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