Spinach and Quinoa Frittata

Here’s an easy baked frittata with Success® Quinoa as the star ingredient. Perfect for brunch or a light dinner.

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Spinach and Quinoa Frittata

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 30 mins (+10 minutes rest time)
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  • A delicious breakfast or side dish, this frittata is both delicious and wholesome. By following these basic steps, you’ll be on your way to enjoying a dish with wonderful flavor.

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

    Step 2

  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, salt and pepper; beat well. Add cooked quinoa, ham, cottage cheese, spinach and cheddar cheese, stirring well to combine.

    Step 3

  • Heat an ovenproof pan large enough to hold all ingredients over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour egg mixture into pan. Cook, stirring, until the egg just begins to set around the edges. Place pan in the oven.

    Step 4

  • Bake 20 minutes, or until the center is set and the edges are golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting to serve.

What’s the Difference Between a Frittata and an Omelet?

There are a few distinctions between these two favorite egg breakfasts.

While making an omelet, you should whisk the eggs until they’re just about blended; when making a frittata, on the other hand, you should whisk the eggs together more forcefully to help bring about the custard-like texture.

Both sides of the frittata must be cooked while sometimes only the underside touches the pan with omelets.

Other Irresistible Breakfasts

While this frittata is a breakfast of champions, there are plenty of other options to help you power on throughout the day.

This Southwest Breakfast Bowl gives you the chance to start the day in style.

Or how about starting your day with a Rice and Squash Breakfast Bowl, a dish that will undoubtedly fuel you for the day ahead! Treat yourself to layers of tastes starting with fragrant Success® Basmati Rice and maple-roasted butternut squash.

If you’d prefer something to take out the door with you, try these Ham, Cheese and Zucchini Breakfast Cups. You can cook them once to load up on a week’s worth of excellent, simple, on-the-go breakfasts. These adorable, delicious cups, made with green onions, Cheddar, ham, and quinoa, are sure to brighten even the busiest of mornings.

Uses for Spinach

Put it on pizza: Who said pizza can’t be nutritious? With spinach on top, it can. What’s more is that when cooked upon a layer of hot cheese and tomato, the combo is mouth-watering. Another benefit is that spinach is filling, which means you may be able to eat less pizza and still feel satisfied.

Use it for salad: You don’t necessarily need lettuce for your salad. Fresh spinach leaves are a great alternative. For a quick and simple yet tasty salad, here’s what you can do; add some veggies, chopped nuts and little chunks of cheese. For some lean protein, you can also include cottage cheese, Greek yogurt or tofu. You’re then ready to pour on some olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. See our best salad recipes here.

Stir it into stews, stir-fries, and soups: Stirring spinach into one of these comforting dishes adds thickness as well as nutrients to the mix. Fresh spinach leaves make a fine accompaniment to Thai chicken with noodles, vegetable soup or white bean stew. You can even mix into this Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup.