Jan 18

Strange But Good Mornings

Strange doesn’t wait for 5 o’clock!


Neither does my mother… she’s in Mexico! ;) 

Remember Kat’s “Amazing Kitchen Mistakes” post?  We’ve been on the same wave-length eating similarly, so I apparently am also making happy accidents.

Have you ever under estimated how much is left in a bottle?  I thought there was just a drop of butter extract left when I dumped it into my oatmeal… it was more like 1/2 a teaspoon.  I thought I’d ruined it.  Too much extract can be nauseating (and I don’t need more of that!).  It turn out, too much butter extract in your oats is like eating cookie dough for breakfast.  Strange, but unbelievably good.

 Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Cookie Dough Oatmeal

  • 1/2 C oatmeal
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 drops liquid Stevia
  • 1 T peanut flour (or nut butter, to taste)
  • My toppings: pomegranate arils, Greek yogurt, more cinnamon


Cook oatmeal as usual, adding flavors in the last 2-3 mins (or when your microwave finishes).  Stir in peanut flour when just done, adding addition liquid as needed.  

Add toppings.  Inhale.


I’m not the first person to do eat quinoa in the morning… but it’s still uncommon enough to be strange.  And it’s good! 

What took me so long it beyond me, but quinoa for breakfast is amazing.  If you haven’t tried it, you must.  Particularly this cinnamon-y version.  The heaping scoop of cinnamon with the coconut butter had me dreaming of an airport treat that shall not be named.

I just realized this looks a lot like the oatmeal above.  I had a lot of pomegranate.*  Sorry.

 *Did you hear the FTC found “POM Wonderful health claims to be deceptive?”


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Quinoa

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Quinoa

  • 1/2 C quinoa, cooked with a cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • Milk, to taste (I used ~ 1/8 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • My toppings: pomegranate arils, Morningstar maple breakfast sausage


Stir it all together, top with your favorites, and enjoy!

In order to kill two craving with one stone for Meal 2, I added a poached egg to the last of my mom’s Matzo Ball Soup.  The strange part isn’t even the egg.  It’s HOW I poached it.  My lazy arse poached that thang in the microwave.

Let me be the first to tell you that runny, silky, yolk porn goodness streaming into a hot bowl of soup is heaven on a spoon.  So good that I wanted to be spooned after it was over.


Matzo Ball Soup

Microwave Poached Egg

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar


Fill a small bowl (I used a cereal bowl) with water.  Add 1 T of apple cider vinegar (this is important – it keeps the egg white intact).  Microwave until boiling hot, about 2 mins.

Crack the egg and gently drop it into the water.  Whites will begin to cook/thicken, and you may need to use a spoon to carefully direct them around the yolk.  

Microwave for another 20-30 seconds.  Remove immediately from water and place in soup, atop salad, on bread, etc.


Now for the link up!  The rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above.

In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends!  Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.


Sprint 2 the Table


Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instragrams of your creations. :)


This time tomorrow I’ll be in a forest in FLA… in the midst of an 8-hour adventure race.  Ahhhh!  #strangebutcrazy

Also, I forgot to mention I was featured in FitFluential’s Ambassador Spotlight yesterday! Check it out here.

Have you ever made breakfast quinoa?  What are your favorite mix-ins?

What #strangebutgood creations have you enjoyed lately?



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  1. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I love quinoa but have not had it for breakfast. It looks delicious! And I had no idea you could poach an egg in the microwave. Good luck at your race and have fun!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I had a runny egg after the race too… the people of Waffle House were fascinated. :)

  2. Nadiya

    Kewl! I’ve never heard of butter extract 0.0 What is it? Interesting that you mention about the health claims relating to pomegranate. I’ve always heard that it protects against prostate cancer, I wonder if that still holds true :S

    1. Laura

      It’s just another extract. Very good!

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Love quinoa for breakfast! I like to toast it in the oven so it gets nice in crispy. And in my opinion, cinnamon needs to be added to everything!

    Good luck on your adventure race!

  4. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Again. Nothing strange here. ;)

    So, I like this whole ‘quinoa for breakfast’ idea in theory…but I also just love the way oats and oat bran (and yes, TVP) get all fluffy and volumized, and I’ve not had as much success with quinoa in that department. Bulgur, yes. Quinoa, no. Is there a trick?

    Your pomegranate situation rivals mine from last week…this week I have been covering everything with blueberries. I think it’s just what happenes when you buy enough food- for a small family (but it’s just you eating….)

    Maybe that’s just me.

    1. Laura

      I just cook it according to the package – 1 C quinoa to 2 C liquid. I bring it to a boil, reduce to simmer, put a lid on it , and cook ~15 mins, remove from heat and let it sit for another 5 before taking the lid off and fluffing it with a fork. It’s doubles in volume. Dunno…

      1. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

        I think instead of fluffy the word I was looking for was creamy. Totally different. Let’s blame it on the fact that it is usually early when I comment on your blog. :)

        1. Laura

          I have heard you can boil already cooked quinoa it in milk and spices for a porriage. Haven’t tried it though. I like it on top of Greek!

  5. Amelia

    Haha, your strange is definitely my ‘normal’. I thought you were going to say that you poached your egg directly in the matzo ball soup when you heated it up. Now that would have been interesting. ;)

    I made my own version of a bimbop bowl the other night for dinner with some delicious runny goodness on top. Nothing like a good yolk! Then last night I had your crabcake benedict for dinner (Can you have too many yolks in a week? I think not! ) My husband thinks its strange when I pile a poached egg on top of avocado toast. What does he know?

    Good luck this weekend with the 8 hour event! I can’t wait to see pics/ read all of the stories. :)

    1. Laura

      I thought about it but didn’t want to over-cook my matzo trying to get the egg right.

      Never too many yolks! Did you like thebenedict? I need to do bimbop again soon.

      1. Amelia

        Good point. Like the benedict? I, err….liked my plate clean… ;)

  6. Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count

    Just found a WW recipe for breakfast quinoa. Hoping to try it, maybe over the weekend. It could be next week’s SBG. Have fun in Fla. I’m heading there in a few weeks. I’m sure we’ll be doing Exactly the same things there… ;-)

    1. Laura

      LOL! Well I did get a sunburn… hope you don’t copy me on that one. :)

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I’ve not done a breakfast quinoa either. My sister likes the quinoa flakes for breakfast though. I bet you could come up with a cool breakfast quinoa patty. MMMMM

    1. Laura

      Do you read Healthful Pursuit? She has some awesome quinoa flake bakes!

  8. Miz

    OH I HAD NO IDEA about the microwave poaching….

  9. lindsay

    i have a secret… i use butter extract in a lot of my healthy bites. shhhh…

    1. Laura

      Your secret is safe with me…

  10. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I love it when I find a way to use the microwave vs. the stove! Such a time saver! Have a great weekend, Laura! Can’t wait to read about the adventure race. :)

  11. Danielle

    I’ve never had breakfast quinoa but I think I need to try it. Nothing strange at all about cookie dough oats for breakfast! Sounds amazing to me!

  12. Lee

    I’ve never poached an egg period. I do sometimes scramble them in the microwave though. Well, scramble is the wrong word, it kind of makes an egg patty.

    Good luck with your race!

    1. Laura

      If you stop it when it’s half cooked and stir it, the eggs are more scrambled that a patty.

  13. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Good luck Laura! I hope you have an incredible adventure.

    I treat breakfast quinoa like I do my oatmeal, but I’m guilty of always doing oatmeal. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit. I need to get some butter extract! Sounds amazing!

  14. Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers)

    Mmmmm, cinnamon rolllllllll { insert Homer Simpson-like drool here }

  15. Meg

    I told you quinoa for breakfast is good ;) It’s my favourite :) hehe <3

    Thanks for giving it a try!


    Love u

  16. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    You can poach an egg in the microwave?!?
    I’m pretty sure you just changed my life for the better.

    1. Laura

      Yay! Let me know if you try it!

  17. RavieNomNoms

    That cookie dough oatmeal is on my list now. That is DANGEROUS! haha

  18. MCM Mama

    That all sounds yummy! And I am so poaching an egg in the microwave right now!

    1. Laura

      Awesome! Let me know how you lilke it!

  19. Kierston

    My strange but good didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped…sigh!

    Great recipes as always :) I’m an oatmeal lover and love it in every way!

  20. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I forgot about poaching eggs in the microwave- great tip! I’ll be thinking of you this weekend… have a blast! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  21. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Interesting about how to poach eggs in the microwave. I tried this once, where you crack the egg in first and microwave. It didn’t end well–explosion!!! I’ll have to try this method. Thanks!

    1. Laura

      I’d heard that about microwave poaching… I think the water already being hot prevents the explosion.

  22. Alex @ therunwithin

    whoa what the heck is butter extract? I have never heard of that

    1. Laura

      It’s just another extract like vanilla or almond… really tasty!

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I’ve tried a quinoa flake hot cereal blend for breakfast before, but I’ve never tried straight up quinoa for breakfast! I’m curious to try it but at the same time I’m not sure if I’ll like it!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you do… I think I like it better, actually.

  24. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    Who knew you could microwave-poach an egg?! You are so smart! My strange-but-good today was breakfast too!! I had sweet potato rounds and a few tbsp of peanut butter & honey. Strange (for breakfast), but soooo good. I couldn’t resist.

  25. purelytwins

    Microwave Poached Egg – awesome! Have to try that out!!!

  26. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I tried quinoa for breakfast once after I found out that oats were causing me some stomach problems, but I didn’t really end up liking it – the texture just wasn’t something I enjoyed first thing in the morning. Nothing quite beats oatmeal :D

  27. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    Quinoa cooked with a cinnamon stick?! DUDE. I’m going to try that with my oatmeal tomorrow!!!!!
    And, because this is how I roll, I’m going to be too excited to sleep thinking about it. #weirdo.

    1. Laura

      I heart cinnamon. And yeah… the thought of breakfast has kept me up many a night. :)

  28. Karey @ Nutty About Health

    Mmm, I think those eats sound delicious!! I’d love to try the Cookie Dough Oats & the quinoa for breakfast some time. I really need to try a pomegranate too!

    1. Laura

      Ok, if you haven’t tried pomegranate you MUST! It’s amazing. If you buy it whole, make sure you immerse it in water to peel and seed it. Otherwise red juice will be everywhere… and it stains.

  29. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    HELL YES! Gimme that Yolk Porn Goodness!!! ;)

    1. Laura

      Girlllll… wait until I post what I had a Waffle House after this weekend’s race… ;)

  30. Choc Chip Uru

    I want this oatmeal. I want it NOW!
    Good luck my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Laura

      LOL! How did I know you’d like that? :)

  31. Katy

    It’s almost 2am and I had to try your microwaved poached egg! Turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    1. Laura

      I love that!!! 2am really is the perfect time for eggs. ;)

  32. Jessie

    I just want to come live you with for a week so you can cook me all of these amazing recipes that you come up with :)

    1. Laura

      I say that to people all the time… we really just need to pool together and have a cooking commune.

  33. Fit Missy

    Never tried quinoa instead of oatmeal but thanks for the idea – I am going to try it today.

    Yours looks delicious.

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Let me know how you like it!

  34. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Mmmm….I love cookie dough. Obviously I need that butter extract. :) And quinoa for breakfast is fantastic – especially when you cheat and throw all the ingredients in the rice cooker because you can!

    I know I’ve missed TWO #strangebutgood linkups in a row, but it’s been crazy. Sorry!!

  35. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    First I hope you are having a great time doing your endurance challenge.

    Second, I don’t think you can have too much butter extract.

  36. Allie

    Butter extract… I need to try that! Also, I’m jealous of your mom!!

    1. Laura

      I’m jealous of my mom too.

  37. Olivia Hill

    I could definitely eat cookie dough in the morning ;) This recipe is going on my “must try” list!

    1. Laura

      Cookie dough is appropriate at all times. :) Please let me know if you try it!

  38. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Dude! You know you already changed my life by teaching me the ACV trick, but now you’re telling me I can have runny drippy eggy goodness in my mouth in less than 4 minutes?! Ahhhhh! <- That's totally me pulling a Macaulay Culkin! I have GOT to try this!

    And with the oats, I've been meaning to tell/ask you if you've tried this…I read on two different blogs a couple of weeks ago that if you add baking powder to a bowl of oatmeal, it makes it taste like cookie dough! I'm not sure how much baking powder, or if the sodium-free kind that we buy will have the same effect, but I really want to try it!

    Love the breakfast quinoa…even more because you threw in some sausage! Mmm, sweet and savory! :D

    1. Laura

      Whatever happened to Macaulay Culkin? Didn’t he get all weird?

      I’ve never heard of this baking soda thing! I do’n get why it would work, but I’d give it a try. Anything for cookie dough. Did they add it whilecooking or stir it in after? I’d guess 1/4 tsp?

  39. Kat

    How did I miss your blogs all week?!?!? *yes – i was that busy* the yolk porn is just that – porn. OMG. also love the reference to my post *yippee!*

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