Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Layered Egg & Quinoa Verrines

My friend Natalie eats this for breakfast at Penn Station every a.m. on her way to work in Manhattan at Pret-a-Manger, which is pronounced PRETT (rhymes with Brett) ah mahn-JHAY, (not "manger" as in baby Jesus).

Pret a Manger means "Ready to Eat", a play on words like "Pret a Porter" (ready to wear). Ah, the French are such pains aren't they?

This much loved NYC fast food chain restaurant serves very decent, healthy breakfasts and lunches.

They sell a little plastic cup called an Egg & Quinoa Pot. Grab one and go.
No dressing is needed, it's just a little cup of protein and flavor.

She told me about it and I was intrigued and decided to make it at home for my own breakfast/lunch.

I think these are better served in glass jars, if you ask me.

Layered Egg & Quinoa Verrines: (layer in this order)

cooked quinoa
defrosted frozen peas (optional)
fresh parsley
cubed ripe avocado (sprinkled w/ kosher salt)
quartered grape tomatoes
chopped arugula leaves
a few slices of hardboiled eggs

Add the parsley and cooked peas to the quinoa and let cool.

Once the quinoa has cooled, start layering.

Pack this stuff in Ball jars or verrines or plastic cups to bring to work for a healthy snack or lunch, packed w/ protein.

I didn't feel it needed any vinaigrette, but go ahead and drizzle some on if you like.

These were so good!!


Natalia B said...

I'm a big fan of Pret-a-Manger, ever since having lunch in one of their Canadian locations 10+ years ago. This looks like an amazing way to get your am protein and veggies.

I'm assuming it's ok to use red quinoa in place of white. Definitely a dish I will try at home.

angiemanzi said...

Stacy, appropos of nothing, about a year ago I purchased the POLPO cookbook because it was advertised on your blog. I am coming back yea this year or so later to tell you how deliriously happy this book makes me. I have cooked my way through it and every meal is a joy. Thank you so much for the referral! A.

Anonymous said...

On the days I don't pack him a lunch, my husband often grabs lunch at Pret a Manger.

He says their food is good, but my lunches are better.

Smart man.

Your hardboiled eggs are the most beautiful hardboiled eggs in the world.

Stacey Snacks said...

I am glad you are enjoying the book.....I love it too.....I have to revisit week I am cooking all from Buvette Cookbook, which is also great.

Yes, my eggs are really good, scrambled, hardboiled, or dyed w/ beets.......however, I am poached egg challenged!

Anonymous said...


This is the most delicious healthy lunch I have ever had!! Just made it for lunch and it was soooooo good!!! Just used a light drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Thanks so much, cant wait to have it again tomorrow!


Catherine said...

Pret is actually a UK company, and McDonalds actually owned a third of it in the USA for quite a few years. I used to frequent it a lot when working in Central London.

John said...

Dang it, Stacey, I just lost a bet that you would never use the phrase "baby Jesus" on your blog!

Stacey Snacks said...

Hope you didn't bet too much $$$$ !!!!