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