Parmesan Quinoa Bites.

Came across this on Pinterest, thanks to http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/08/parmesan-quinoa-bites.html for a good recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in chicken broth gives it more flavor, can be cooked in plain water as well)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 stalks of green onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (add more if you used water instead of chicken broth to cook the quinoa)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients (except extra Parmesan) in a large bowl.
  • Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • Fill each muffin cup 3/4 cup full, pressing down with your fingers or a spoon.
  • Sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top of each muffin tin portion.
  • Bake for 20-3o minutes, when slightly browned and crust on bottom and sides has formed.
  • Pop out of tins and allow to cool slightly.

Notes:

  • I had a tough time figuring out how much much raw quinoa would make 2 1/2 cups cooked.  Tried to find answers online but everyone said something different.  I ended up having to make a second batch because my first fell short.  At best guess I would say 1 cup raw would get you to 2 1/2 cups cooked.  Use twice as much liquid as quinoa and cook like you would rice (boil, then simmer 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed).
  • I substituted garlic powder for fresh, and dried parsley for fresh.
  • I baked for 24 minutes, and took them out at the first sign of browning,  I think I could have left them in at least a few more minutes.
  • I wasn’t impressed with the extra Parmesan cheese on top, it just sort of sat there and didn’t do anything.
  • Having said all that – they were very tasty!  Almost a little bland, they needed just a little something, not sure what.  But, very filling, and apparently fairly low-cal.  The recipe said to dip in ranch dressing, didn’t sound very good to me.  I think they would make a tasty treat reheated at lunch, or even for breakfast.
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