Curry Quinoa Bites

As promised from my Cheesy Quinoa Bites post, the Curry version (and Italian at the bottom).

Curry Quinoa Bites:

Curry Quinoa Bites

Curry Quinoa Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced (I omitted this)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I omitted this)
  • 1 – 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Note: I added another cup of quinoa (total of 3 cups) and another tsp of honey (total of 3 tsp) as my own preference and loved it.

Before baking

Before baking

Directions:

  1. To cook quinoa, rinse 1 cup quinoa and drain quinoa well in a strainer, add 1 and 1/2 cups water plus 1/4 tsp salt if desired. No salt will make quinoa softer and fluffier, a little salt will make it firmer and it may take a couple extra minutes to cook. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit for five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, curry powder, honey, flour, salt and pepper.
  4. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (t heaping tbsp each)
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Let cool and dig in. They freeze really well too!

Note: if you don’t have muffin tins, place 1 Tbsp scoops on a greased cookie sheet. Or, press into a greased pan and cut into squares when cooled.

Italian flavour: (no honey or curry powder) – add 1 tsp dried oregano, thyme or rosemary. Dip in tomato sauce.

Have you tried these yet? So good!

What’s your favourite Quinoa dish or website?

 

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

A few weeks ago a friend of mine made these “Cheesey Quinoa Bites” and I wanted to share them with you since she gave me the recipe. Quinoa is so good for you, did you know you can eat it like Oatmeal?!?!? Quinoa is pronounced qin-wah.

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Why eat Quinoa you ask? Well here are a few reasons:

  1. It’s a complete protein, quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids and can provide up to 17% of your daily requirement; a good choice for anyone with a concern for their daily protein intake.
  2. Full of Vitamins:  It’s

    high in iron and loaded with magnesium, calcium, fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 and phosphorous. A true power source of health, this vitamin team is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

  3. Quick & Easy:  It

    takes less time than rice. Bring two parts water and one part quinoa to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. You’ll know quinoa is done when all the water is absorbed and the white spiral germ has separated.

  4. Gluten Free:

    As a gluten-free and wheat free flour, quinoa is a fabulous option for baking. It’s creamy and slightly nutty flavor a delicious addition to any bread, muffin, and pancake recipe. We recommend quinoa hazelnut muffins or banana quinoa pancakes. Source:

    http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/04/30/5-reasons-you-should-be-eating-quinoa

Cheesy Quinoa Bites:

Ingredients:

Mix it all up

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I omitted this)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese ( I used cheddar)
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. To cook quinoa, rinse 1 cup quinoa and drain quinoa well in a strainer, add 1 and 1/2 cups water plus 1/4 tsp salt if desired. No salt will make quinoa softer and fluffier, a little salt will make it firmer and it may take a couple extra minutes to cook. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit for five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
  4. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (t heaping tbsp each)
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Let cool and dig in. They freeze really well too!

Note: if you don’t have muffin tins, place 1 Tbsp scoops on a greased cookie sheet. Or, press into a greased pan and cut into squares when cooled.

Stay tuned for the Curry and Italian version.

Have you ever used Quinoa?

What’s your favourite Quinoa dish to make?

Yum Yum!

UPDATE: Original recipe found here :  


So Very Blessed

(as I learned after these postings)

Warm Quinoa Dish

I’ve been wanting to make something with Quinoa recently and decided to go back to one of my old favourites.

Warm Quinoa

 

(Simply Lovely Quinoa from The Garden of Vegan by Sarah Kramer & Tanya Barnard)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion – chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2-3 stalks celery – chopped
  • 6-8 mushrooms – chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stick
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan on medium-high heat, saute the onion, garlic, celery and mushrooms in oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the quinoa and saute for an additional minute.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes (do not drain), vegetable stock, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until liquid has reduced.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Optional:

  • You can add carrots or other veggies if you’d like.
  • I used ginger paste instead of minced garlic as we didn’t have any on hand.

Quinoa is so good for you.  “Quinoa provides a complete protein, making it especially valuable for those who prefer to reduce or completely eliminate animal protein from their diets.

It contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is crucial for growing and repairing body tissues. One cup of quinoa provides 9 grams of protein which is one more gram than a medium chicken egg.” Source.

Have you ever had Quinoa ?

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