Recipe: Cheesy Quinoa Bites with Tomato & Spinach

Quinoa is a great food for wee ones – the grain is very versatile and can be added to many recipes, it has a lovely new texture for babies to explore, and it’s one of the few (only?) vegetarian sources of complete protein. We most often use in a pilaf-like stuffing for tomatoes/avocados, or in these cheesy quinoa bites which are easy to handle and make great freezer fodder for quick lunches.

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Recipe: Cheesy Quinoa Bites with Tomato & Spinach

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup spinach, cooked and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup tomato, finely diced
  • 1 cup cheese, grated (check the salt content before going nuts with the cheese though!)
  • Pinch black pepper

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using a teaspoon, fill a mini muffin tin (silicone muffin tins work a treat with this!). Pack the quinoa down well with the spoon, so that it forms a solid cake when cooked.
  3. Bake at 190c/170c fan/gas mark 5 for about 16-18 minutes, or until the bites are cooked through and a bit golden on top.
  4. Cool & serve, or freeze individually to fill up a freezer bag.

Variations:

You can mix anything in there, really – broccoli, cauliflower, fresh herbs, sweet potato, etc. Just keep the quantities roughly the same.

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