Pinspiration!

The Mommy and Me Fitness group in town has a blog and they have been doing monthly food spotlights.  This month, the food spotlight was Quinoa.  It’s a nifty little food that is chock full of amino acids, which combine to form proteins, so it’s kind of a super-food in my eyes.  I’m used to eating quinoa in the form of a salad called Tabbouleh, but I hadn’t ever experimented with it.  Anyway, shortly before I read Julie’s post, I had seen these little quinoa bites pinned all over people’s Pinterest boards and I was intrigued.  And intrigued enough to play with the recipe.

I added some flavor and more vegetables so that I could use these as a complete meal for my lunches.  This recipe made 3 dozen little bites, there were less than a dozen left after Matt and I “tested” them.  They were so good!  And I just couldn’t stop eating them.  I dipped them in a mixture of sour cream and Italian dressing, but you could eat them without a dip.  One tiny note though before I share the recipe, if you decide to make these in a mini muffin pan without the wrappers, make sure you grease the cups well.  I didn’t and had to ah… convince… some of them to come out of the pans.  Other than that, you may need to hide them from your husband, because shockingly, mine certainly enjoyed them!

Veggie Feta Quinoa Bites

  • 2 c. cooked quinoa (this is 1 c. dry quinoa)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. finely shredded carrot
  • 1/2 c. finely shredded zuchinni
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. minced sundried tomatoes
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
Saute the onions until transparent in a dash of olive oil.  Then add in the carrot, zuchinni, garlic, and sundried tomato and mix well.  Remove the pan from the heat, mix in the spices, feta and eggs.  Then, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and fill 3 dozen mini muffin cups to the top with the quinoa mixture.  Bake for 15 minutes.

5 Replies to “Pinspiration!”

  1. I am going to try this one too. Did I share with you that I have not eaten dairy (meat has been gone for a while now) since I saw Forks Over Knives? It has been two weeks. I will adjust for the Feta but I think these will fit nicely! Thanks!

    1. I’ve been cutting meat out of my diet little by little. My chiropractor keeps mentioning that I should give up wheat and dairy. I’m not sure what I will wind up doing over the course of time, but sometimes, it’s really refreshing to change things up. I still need to watch that movie!

  2. Wheat is a hard one. I just recently had a conversation with someone about a reasonably priced source for almond flour. From what I am reading, it can be substituted in baking for whole wheat. I am going to order some in the the next week and I will let you know how it tastes in my bread. That holistic moms group that came to the first dinner has been a wealth of information. I will try to pass it along to you as I get it.

    1. Thanks! I keep telling my chiropractor that if we’re all going to be changing our diets and trying to be more holistic, then we need a support group. Sometimes, you need someone else to give you ideas or information or even their opinion!

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