Berry Quinoa Parfait – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 13, 2011

Boy did summer come ablazin’ in this year. It rained, and rained, and rained.  Then boom…it was hot.

Stifling hot.

It’s on these stifling hot days that I have no intention of turning on the oven…or letting something cook for an hour on the stove top.  It’s on these stifling hot days that I’m really not all the hungry. I just need something cool and light for dinner.

Something like this parfait with berries and quinoa.

You do have to cook the quinoa, or rely on some extra that you have from breakfast that morning…or the night before. But it only takes a few minutes, in a small saucepan…so the kitchen won’t heat up too much!

Here’s what this meal looks like at our house…I have the parfait and that’s it…and I make some scrambled eggs and a few sausage links for the big boy (that would be the husband) and the little boys.  Everyone gets what they need in this “brinner” – or “breakfast for dinner”!

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Berry Quinoa Parfait

Yield – 4 servings

Prep Time – 5 minutes

Cook Time – 15 minutes for the quinoa


  • 1/2 cup quinoa ($.37)
  • 2 6 oz. yogurt cups ($1) (I used a $.59 coconut milk yogurt for the boys’ parfaits.)
  • 1/2 box raspberries ($.50)
  • 1/2 pint blueberries ($1)
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling
  • 8 eggs, scrambled ($.80)
  • 4 sausage links ($.35)


  • Cook the quinoa as directed in a small saucepan – takes about 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water when finished.
  • Layer the yogurt, cooled quinoa and berries.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Scramble the eggs and cook the sausage.
  • Serve Berry Quinoa Parfaits with eggs and sausage.

Cost $4.02

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Kristia@Family Balance Sheet June 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

“Brinner” is perfect for those occasional nights when I need a break from my kitchen. Quick and easy and every one leaves the table full and happy.

Thanks for the link-up.


Demetria June 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Great idea! Never would have thought of quinoa in a parfait. Brilliant, Erin! :D


Lisa @Granola Catholic June 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

that looks great!


michelle June 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

we call it brinner too! the kids think it is hilarious and they love breakfast anytime :) thanks for sharing!


Amelia June 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I am all about breakfast for dinner — it’s not only tasty but also a balanced meal! We make a sweet quinoa cereal too (good for any meal) and I also love sauteeing veggies to serve with eggs with either a grain or potatoes & maybe an Applegate Farms breakfast sausage…mmm:


Ruth Hill June 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

This was fantastic! My mom is going to have the breakfast parfait later on with some cool whip! I was quite impressed.


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