Easy Cheesy Quinoa Bites


Lets me start out by saying, I heart Quinoa! (Pronounced ki-nwa) It is a whole grain substitute for rice and just as easy to cook. It’s very versatile (more so than rice in my opinion) so there are a ton of great recipe ideas out there or you can just eat it plain. It’s gluten-free, low glycemic, high in fiber and provides the 8 essential amino acids creating a complete protein. Basically its a superfood! Here’s one of our new favorite ways to use it!

To keep this TERRAfit-friendly, use whole grain flour.


2 cups quinoa, cooked (Usually found near the other grains/rice at the store, I buy mine at Costco.)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup finely shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach (I use my food chopper)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. I usually get my quinoa started first it takes about 15 min to cook. Meanwhile I get the other ingredients ready. When the quinoa is done, mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Scoop into mini muffin pan. I like to use a small ice cream scoop for even distribution. This batch size fills my 24 ct mini muffin pan perfectly!

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm but not crispy! Let cool. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

My kids love to dip these in French’s Honey Mustard and I’m a hot sauce girl myself. This recipe could be altered in so many different ways it’s awesome. I plan on trying it with cilantro (instead of the spinach) and shredded grilled chicken next time!



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Comments & Reviews

  • Susan

    Jessica, these look really good, and I’m thinking they’d be great with some shredded chicken or pork too. I’m thinking they’d be a good entree to pack in a school lunch.

  • Dani

    Where did you get the Kraft 20 Top Seasonal Recipes For 2012?

  • Rachel Lee

    I made these and I halved the recipe. It made 24 mini muffins and they were rather large. They also didnt get firm. I cooked them for about 25 minutes. I think I made them too deep and next time will make them smaller in the pan. They are still good and I love the spinach! The taste is amazing.

  • Sandra

    Is it 2 cups cooked quinoa, or 2 cups raw quinoa, cooked?

  • Melanie

    Do you think these would freeze well?

    • Jessica

      Hmm… I’m not really sure. They’ve never lasted long enough to make it into the freezer at our house 🙂 I would think they might get a bit soggy or fall apart while unthawing but I could be wrong.

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