Monday, June 23, 2014

Italian Quinoa Bites Recipe


Italian Quinoa Bites














Healthy and tasty. These aren't two words you regularly hear in the same sentence. In fact, when you hear one, it's usually in contrast with the other. Have you ever found yourself asking the question "How does it taste?" only to get the response "Well, it's really healthy." Why can't "healthy" and "tasty" both be used to describe the same food? Are we destined to only have one or the other?

No, we're not! I've found the ultimate ingredient that can help combine "healthy" and "tasty" into one jaw-dropping, mouth-watering dish! That ingredient is Quinoa. Yes, this ultimate Ancient Grain is packed full of all the healthy components you'd expect in a SuperFood. Yet, even with all those benefits, it provides all the flavor and fulfillment you're expecting in a tasty dish. Best of all, it's extremely versatile and easy to add to any meal or recipe. Believe me, after today's dish, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it! We call them Italian Quinoa Bites. You'll call them divine! Let's get baking!

Ingredients:
2 cups Water
2 Eggs
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Chili Powder

Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup Honeyville Tomato Powder + 3/4 cup Water
1 tsp Oregano
1 Tbsp Sugar

Directions:
First, cook your quinoa and rice.

White Rice and Quinoa cooked in a Pressure Cooker











Combine both quinoa and rice together, with 2 cups water, in your Fagor 3 in 1 Pressure Cooker. Set the rice setting to "White Rice" and press start. The quinoa and rice will cook together for about 6 minutes. Once finished cooking, remove and place in a large bowl.

Re-hydrated Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese

While quinoa is cooking, re-hydrate your cheese by soaking it in water until soft, then draining any excess liquid.

Italian Quinoa Bites ingredients together in a bowl

In the large bowl that your quinoa and rice are in, add cheese, onions, garlic, basil, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and eggs, and mix until a very thick batter forms.

Italian Quinoa Bites in Muffin Tins











Using a spoon, scoop out batter and place in greased muffin tins. 

Baked Quinoa Bites











Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until tops are a light golden brown. Remove and allow to cool.

Tomato Dipping Sauce











While bites are cooling, make your dipping sauce by combining tomato powder, water, spice, oregano, and sugar, and whisking together until a tomato sauce forms.

Italian Quinoa Bites on a plate











Place on a plate and serve.

Close up of Italian Quinoa Bites











Do not be fulled by these little bites. Though small in stature, they are packed full of flavor and texture. With each bite your palate will dance with delight while your waist line will sing for joy! How can something so healthy be so tasty as well? Each bite is full of texture and taste, making you crave for more while not feeling guilty for taking seconds. The dipping sauce is the perfect companion to these delicious appetizers. Serve these treats up at any party or for a yummy afternoon snack. Either way, you won't be disappointed!

Italian Quinoa Bites and Dipping Sauce











Tasty and healthy? Thanks to these Quinoa bites, now you don't have to choose.

1 comment:

Margaret said...

I made two batches of these. The one cup of onions is too much for me! And even half a cup was too much! There were no directions about sautéing the onions and garlic in advance.nso it came out with a slightly sharp taste.

I wasn't too keen on it. So I tried again.

This time I put a little less than half cup onion and 2 cloves of chopped garlic right into the pressure cooker with the rice and quinoa. And I slightly packed the cheese in to make one cup. I also rehydrated 1/4 cup sausage but in reality it needs at least 1/2 cup.

Gone was that slightly tart taste. Smooth. I didn't have my tomato powder yet so I used pizza sauce for dipping. I really liked it!