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Quinoa Bites

Crispy Quinoa Bites

The whole blogging world seems obsessed with quinoa right now.  There are so many different salads, cakes, and side dishes out there.  Lots of people even eat it for breakfast, kind of like oatmeal.  I have been experimenting with different salads and versions trying to find more ways to incorporate it into our diets as well.  It is so good for you, and so versatile, you can’t help but want to eat it!  I have had doing a “cake” on my list for awhile, so when I saw this recipe, I knew it was time.

I made this for lunch a couple weeks ago.  It was the perfect light lunch in my opinion. I used regular muffins tins, but you could use a mini muffin tin and serve it as an appetizer.  My husband suggested putting in some Italian sausage next time.  I was actually going to try that last week, but with my parents here it just didn’t happen.  The flavors would go really well together, and it would make for a great dinner option. I plan on making it very soon.

It may come as no surprise, but my 7 year old wouldn’t get even close to this.  We did force him to try one bite, but he wasn’t a fan.  I didn’t expect him to be, but had to give it a shot.  Now, when I do the sausage version I will be giving it to him as his meal, and hoping the sausage is enough to make him eat it :)

Quinoa Bites
 
Serves: 4
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Perfect for an appetizer or a light lunch. Mix in some Italian sausage and you have dinner! Quinoa and wild rice with lots of Italian seasonings make for a flavorful and healthy meal.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • ½ cup wild rice, uncooked
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup tomatoes, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa and the wild rice according to the package directions. Allow to cool slightly before mixing with the eggs.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with a generous amount of non stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine the slightly cooled and cooked quinoa and wild rice. Mix with the rest of the ingredients (expect the marinara). Mix until everything is well combined. Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon gently press down, and flatten out the mixture. This should fill up all 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes
Adapted from The Healthy Apple

 

 

Comments

  1. Fantastic idea of baking these in a muffin pan! They sound amazing and so healthy!

  2. These look yummy; so happy you enjoyed my recipe! Thank you for linking back to me; greatly appreciated.
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Yum!! What a great way to use Quinoa :) I’ve tried it in salads, as breakfast and in cookies but I LOVE this recipe too

  4. Looks so delicious. I haven’t really arrived on the quinoa train yet. But…this just might change my mind. Very healthy too.

  5. What cute little bites, I love the Italian flavors here!

  6. These sound good! They seem like they could be like pizza bites.

  7. Oh my gosh! This is such a clever idea! I have got to try it!

  8. What a great way to use quinoa! I must share this with my mother because she’s always looking for new ways to use it. :)

  9. yum. yum. yum!

    I’m still kind of a newbie to Quinoa, but I love how versatile it is and how many uses there are for it!

  10. Love this quinoa cake – it is filled with all sorts of beautiful flavors. I bet it was a great lunch! :-)

  11. These little bites are gorgeous! Anything with that much color and texture has to be good. I’m jumping onto the quinoa bandwagon myself. (I’m glad that the bag told me how to pronounce it, cause I’ve been saying it wrong in my head!)

  12. I would love to have these for lunch!

  13. The flavors sound amazing. This would make the perfect light lunch. Crave worthy! I have quinoa and know what I’ll be making next.

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