Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites
The broccoli and cheddar flavour combo is a great one and this time I use it in some bites sized quinoa cakes. Often when I do something like these I will make them more like a fritter and fry them in oil but it's also fun to bake them in mini muffin pans and it keeps them a little lighter. These broccoli and cheddar quinoa bites could not be easier to make, you simply cook the quinoa, mix all of the ingredients and bake! Not only are they tasty but they are also pretty healthy and kid friendly so the next time you are looking for something to snack on put down the bag of chips and grab some broccoli and cheddar quinoa cakes.

Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites
I served the broccoli and cheddar quinoa bites with a simple homemade honey dijon dressing for dipping.

Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites
Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 24

Baked broccoli and cheddar quinoa bites that make a great light, tasty and healthy snack.



ingredients
  • 2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
directions
  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer until tender and the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes and let cool.
  2. Mix everything, spoon into mini muffin pans and bake in a preheated 350F oven until lightly golden brown on top, about 15-20 minutes.

Option: Add 1 cup finely diced ham.
Option: Add 1 cup rinsed white beans.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 70, Fat 4g (Saturated 2g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 27mg, Sodium 84mg, Carbs 3g (Fiber 0.5g, Sugars 0.2g), Protein 4g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

31 comments:

Joanne said...

I love the sound of these bites! They're almost like mac and cheese made healthier with quinoa!

Tieghan said...

Loving these bites!! They look so good!

Maria said...

Love these little bites!

Jenny said...

Perfect bites! Quinoa is our favorite!!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

The perfect little appetizers!!

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

I am loving this recipe, so simple and it looks super yummy. I bet they are super addictive :-)

Heather Christo said...

How do you think of this stuff Kevin!? yum!!

Helene Peloquin said...

Kevin, you came up with an interesting use of quinoa. I love these mini bites.

Ilona K. said...

Delicious quinoa, with cheddar cheese amazing taste!

Anonymous said...

Can you suggest a substitute for the eggs? We are non-egg eaters!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

This recipe is GENIUS Kevin!!

Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron said...

Cool, a new way to use my mini muffin pan! Love quinoa, will have to give these a try :)

Gaby said...

This is the perfect bite sized snack!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

These are brilliant, Kevin! What a scrumptious and healthy party snack.

Jodee Weiland said...

I love this recipe, Kevin! What a great idea for a snack or appetizer...delicious, light, and healthy...great combination. Thanks for sharing another fabulous idea!

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: You can try it by replacing the eggs with more cheese. The mixture won't hold together as well before baking but the cheese will melt and hold them together once baked.

Aimee said...

Sign me up!! Love the cheese and broccoli combo.

ami@naivecookcooks said...

These look good especially the pic where you are dipping them in sauce makes my mouth water!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I'm digging these bites in a major way. LOVE the broccoli cheddar combo!

Dianne Gregg said...

Very clever using quinoa for appetizers.I never thought of that! Great job!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

These are perfect appetizers for a party, this should feed many people with different types of dietary restrictions.

Anonymous said...

I've been making these (with various vegetables, cheeses and spices) for several years. Saw the fritters on Mel's Kitchen Cafe. She said they were addictive and boy, was she ever right. These are delish, filling, and healthy - not to mention easy. They are perfect as a snack on a road trip. Beats the junk available from convenience stores and fast-food places. I don't know why but I never thought about broccoli and cheddar. Thanks Kevin! Oh, I forgot. No matter what kind/brand of muffin tin you are using, ALWAYS SPRAY. These delicious little bites tend to stick to the pan. Trust me.

Jeanette said...

Love how easy and healthy this recipe is Kevin! I've been thinking about making some quinoa bites for a bit - can't wait to try these.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I found you on Pinterest. I made these tonight (I tweaked it slightly: less cheese, one egg, added sauteed mushrooms and onions) and I just wanted to thank you! We had them as an entree and they were fantastic. Definitely a new weeknight-dinner staple for me. I'm excited to check out your other recipes!

Rachel said...

How long will these keep in a tupperware in the fridge?

Kevin Lynch said...

Rachel: They should be good for 4-5 days in the fridge.

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Love the addition of mushrooms! I am glad you enjoyed it!

Tin Tin said...

Do you cook the broccoli first?

Kevin Lynch said...

Tin Tin: No, the broccoli cooks when the bites bake. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, can you please share the dipping sauce recipe? :-)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Here is a simple version of it and I will get to posting it soon:

1/4 cup lemon juice or white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, grated (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

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