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Gluten-Free Quinoa Bites

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love these appetizers! These gluten-free quinoa bites are a great nutritious appetizer that can be made for a large gathering with friends, or a more quaint dinner with your loved one. The main ingredient, quinoa, was unfamiliar to many but the interest in quinoa has increased dramatically in recent years. Quinoa is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids (which most commonly found in plants), vitamin E, protein, magnesium and phosphorous. [1] Most grains are considered to be inadequate protein sources – but not quinoa! Quinoa is a complete protein source that boasts many phytonutrients too!

Gluten-Free Quinoa Bites

Start cooking these tasty gluten-free quinoa bites today and let me know what you think!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free,quinoa,vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 48 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Pizza sauce for dipping
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Quinoa Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  3. Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (one heaping tablespoon each), and press down gently to compact.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan
  6. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

Reference

  1. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142

Author: Monica Straith, BS

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.