You know you’re making a lunch or snack packed with veggies, whole grains, and protein, but it’s the bite-sized little tots and all that cheese that’ll have the kids begging for more of these Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites.
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Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be back this year with my friend Jenny and sharing some of my healthy snack ideas with all of you here at The NY Melrose Family. Can I tell you, one of the things that I find funny, and yet, if you think about it, totally obvious, is that some of the most popular recipes on my site are the ones that I randomly throw together. I’ll post a picture, and everyone will be like, “Give me that recipe!”, “When are you posting that?” And inevitably I won’t have measured anything or taken a decent photo. But as any busy mom knows, those are the recipes we want – quick, easy, healthy, and all you need is a few ingredients you have in your fridge or pantry.
That’s what happened here. My human garbage disposals (aka two little boys) were hanging on my legs with wails of “I”m huuuuunnngggrrry!”, which is a common occurrence around these parts, so I opened up the refrigerator to see what lurking around. I had some leftovers vegetables and a bowl of plain cooked quinoa. And cheese. Always cheese! I’ll be honest, quinoa is not their favorite. So far, I’ve only managed to get them to eat it by making breakfast/dessert parfaits or quinoa chicken salad (the Bacon Ranch and Mango Avocado versions were the most popular), but I was determined.
Can I just tell you, it was almost a mistake posting a picture on Instagram and Facebook! Everyone wanted the recipe right away. Luckily I had measured the ingredients and wrote down the baking time and temperature, but I had to actually stop the boys from scarfing them all down just so I could get a few photos!
Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites are a perfect way to use up whatever bits and pieces you have in your fridge. I had leftover broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, but anything will do – zucchini, butternut squash, peas. You could even add some chicken or ham, if you like, or mix up the type of cheese for an endless variety. And of course, they are so tasty and good for you that it’s totally worth making up some quinoa and vegetables just for the sole purpose of making these little tots!
Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites
Veggies, protein and while grains packed into fun, cheesy tots perfect for little fingers to grab and munch on!
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chopped vegetables cooked
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray or oil.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
Divide the mixture evenly between the cups of the mini muffin tin, and press down to pack it in firmly.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
If you like this recipe, here are some other little tots and bites to try…
Brianne is a Chemical-Engineer-turned-stay-at-home-mom, and is now the recipe developer, photographer, writer, and publisher behind the food blog Cupcakes & Kale Chips. When she is not chasing around two crazy-fun boys, she is in the kitchen whipping up everything from healthy, everyday snacks, sides, and meals to rich, indulgent treats, because it’s all about balance, you know, like ice cream & cauliflower, cookies & quinoa… Cupcakes & Kale Chips! Find her on: