Today is the Husband’s 30th birthday!


I am so excited because I have a BIG SURPRISE for him.  Kristien’s very best friend Joe is flying in from Philadelphia today!  I pick Joe up from the airport this afternoon.  I’m not sure if K will truly be surprised – he said he spoke to Joe on the phone over the weekend and he was ‘suspiciously giggly’ – but I do know that he’ll be thrilled regardless.  (Don’t worry – he won’t see this before then!)


I have a ton of prep work to get done before Joe arrives.  My car broke at the beginning of the week so I’ve been carless.  Gotta get to the store so I can feed everyone this weekend.  Our fridge is bare.


Well – not so bare that I couldn’t make this lovely pie for breakfast!


I love making casserole/pies like this in the morning because I can mix up all the ingredients before Henry wakes up, pop it in the oven, and pull it out when we’re all ready to eat.  Prep work is minimal and the result is a pretty, delicious dish.


Quinoa and Spinach Breakfast Pie


Ingredients (for 3 – 4 servings):


  • 1/2 cup measured dry quinoa
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pasta sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: Top with shredded cheese (a white cheese would be good!)




  • Cook quinoa according to these directions.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a cast iron skillet or a pie dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, spinach, carrots, oil, pasta sauce, salt, and cooked quinoa.
  • Pour egg mix into cast iron skillet.  Top with cheese, if desired.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, let stand five minutes, slice and serve.


We put a candle in Kristien’s slice so we could sing Happy Birthday, and then we put it in Henry’s piece so he could practice, too.  With my birthday in April and Kristien’s in May, I think Henry will be an old pro at candle blowing by the time his second birthday rolls around in June!


Have a wonderful day.



  • mary @ minutes per mile May 8, 2014, 9:55 am

    i was just looking for some sort of frittata/quiche thing to make, but wanted one with some sort of carb/grain to make it a bit more hefty — so, this is perfect! thanks!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 8, 2014, 9:56 am

    I love fun surprises like that! 🙂

  • Rebecca May 8, 2014, 10:16 am

    Oh, fun surprise!! Happy birthday to Kristien!

    My car needs to get some repairs, too. I’m hoping it makes it until Monday when I’ve got an appointment to bring it in. Hah.

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 8, 2014, 10:44 am

    Have a great day of celebrating! This looks awesome by the way and totally going to put on the make asap list! 🙂

  • Becky@TheSavedRunner May 8, 2014, 10:44 am

    This looks delicious!! I love that there is no dairy in it. Most of the breakfast recipes I find include dairy as a main ingredient, and I am trying to stay away from it. I will definitely be trying this next week!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 8, 2014, 11:12 am

    I really need to start making more of these! You have such wonderful breakfast casseroles. I need to mix up my breakfasts.
    Happy birthday to Kristien! Hope you all have a wonderful celebration!

  • Breanne May 8, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kristien! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Suzy May 8, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Bam! I have all these things AND some I really need to use up before it goes bad. I know what I’m making later; ) Thanks!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 8, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Awww that will be such a fun surprise! Hope you all have a blast and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him!!

  • Haley @ Running with Diapers May 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I’m intrigued. This looks really delicious! I will have to test out the recipe sometime soon. I make quiche often, so this will be a nice healthier change for the family.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 8, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kristien!

  • Amber K May 8, 2014, 6:03 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kristien and what a fun way to mix up breakfast. I tend towards sweet things, but this could be good for lunch or dinner too.

  • Liza May 8, 2014, 6:31 pm

    The layout of your website has been weird for me for two days. Very narrow and off. Just FYI.

    • Caitlin May 8, 2014, 7:52 pm

      Oh No! Thanks for telling me. What browser and device are you reading it on??

      • Liza May 9, 2014, 7:55 am

        Safari on a Macbook Air. Thanks!

      • Alice May 10, 2014, 9:47 am

        Hi Caitlin! I’m having the same problem too 🙁 it’s very narrow and there’s a lot of white space, and I’m having to scroll down past ads and your ‘search by month/topic’ bars before I reach a post. I’m reading on an iPad using Safari, but it is the same on Chrome too.

        • Caitlin May 11, 2014, 3:49 pm

          We figured out what was wrong and it should be fixed later today!

  • Luv What You Do May 8, 2014, 10:26 pm

    I love the idea of adding quinoa to your eggs. Happy Bday to your hubs!

  • Celia May 9, 2014, 5:17 am

    That sounds delicious! Definitely going to make it tomorrow morning!

  • Runner Girl Eats May 9, 2014, 6:07 am

    Happy birthday!! Hope you all have a great day together 🙂 This looks so tasty!

  • Hannah May 9, 2014, 7:37 am

    Yay! Good for you for planning such an exciting surprise for his birthday! Hope he really is surprised and that you all have a great weekend!!

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