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Cheesy Quinoa Bites

A new year always brings new resolutions. And I do have new resolutions, but this would be the same resolution I’ve had pretty much every year that I can remember – get healthier. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat less junk food. Exercise more. You know, the normal resolution-y type stuff.

Hopefully this is the year that sticks.  It has to stick through January, because I’m in a group of ladies trying to lose 10 pounds by February 4th. Even if it doesn’t stick all year, a month of healthier eating/exercising is better than nothing, right?  So far this year, I’ve exercised everyday (*cough* ignore that the grand total is only two days)! That’s a success rate of 100%! I’m all over this exercise stuff.

Cheesy Quinoa Bites : So Very Blessed - These dippable protein-packed bites make the perfect healthy and kid-approved snack, lunch, or dinner!

But eating is the other half of the equation. Oh, I have a hard time eating the right foods. I love my processed, refined, fried foods with creamy white sauces. It’s true. My very popular response to the question, “What would you like for dinner?” is “All the french fries.” I’m not planning on giving up all of my favorite foods. I need some fried potatoes in my life. But I am planning to try to monitor my portion sizes and add more healthy foods to my repertoire….Enter Cheesy Quinoa Bites.

I was trying to find a way to take a healthier food and make it taste less healthy and I think I’ve succeeded! This is like a mash-up of vegetable quinoa and a tater tot. Without the taters, of course. I love that they’re bite sized and I love it even more that they keep me full, thanks to the super food that is quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, if you didn’t know!).

These babies are amazing. Quinoa is filling and packed with protein, so I felt completely satisfied from these. I calculated the calories of all of the ingredients on My Fitness Pal and assuming their entries are correct, there are only 130 calories in 4 bites! I may have eaten 8 for dinner, because they still fell under my calorie count! Score! And if you decide to pass on the food processor and grate your carrots by hand, then you’ve added an arm workout! 😉  I used Kraft’s Light Honey Dijon salad dressing as our dipping sauce, but ranch or even sour cream would probably taste great!

Cheesy Quinoa Bites : So Very Blessed - These dippable protein-packed bites make the perfect healthy and kid-approved snack, lunch, or dinner!


Cheesy Quinoa Bites

  • Yield: 28


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I cook my quinoa in low sodium chicken broth)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


The dipping sauce pictured is Kraft’s Light Honey Dijon salad dressing.

Cheesy Quinoa Bites : So Very Blessed - These dippable protein-packed bites make the perfect healthy and kid-approved snack, lunch, or dinner!
This Post Has 267 Comments
  1. Linda, I haven't really worked with rice flour before, but it should work! The flour is just used as a binder, so it might work just the same! Let me know if it works!
  2. Sara, boy do I understand that! My husband was SO skeptical of this recipe, even though I've made quinoa before and he liked it! He ended up loving them so much that he asked me to make more!
  3. The rice flour would probably work if a bit of xanthan gum, potato starch and rice flour were mixed together to make up the 2 tbsp.

    Then it could be considered to be gluten-free as well (as long as the other ingredients are GF).
  4. I found this recipe through pinterest and I am so glad I did. I bought quinoa and have not been able to find a recipe to use them for!
  5. Came over via Foodgawker. I love this recipe! I will be making these and topping them with fried eggs for breakfast. Thank you so much!

    Lastly, YOU HAVE A TACO KITTY?! My best friend had a black and white kitty and named him Taco as well! He lived a beautiful long life for almost 20 years. He was such a wonderful kitty and such a unique name. Its so great to see someone with another black and white kitty named Taco too. :)
  6. Gwendolyn - Thanks so much for that great info! I know some gluten-free people that will really appreciate that variation!

    Erin - My sister doesn't like cilantro either! But I bet the parsley would taste great!

    Anonymous - I've found quinoa in a few different places in the grocery store - in the rice section, the gluten free section, or in the ethnic foods section. I usually buy quinoa from the bulk bins at Sprouts. I hope you find it! :-)

    Heidi - Great idea! This would be a great snack! And if my husband likes them, I'd bet they're pretty kid-friendly! ;-)

    Vicki - Ooooo...minced jalapeno would be GREAT in these! Amazing idea!

    Tricia - I did the same thing! I had a bunch of quinoa in my pantry for quite a while and didn't know how to use it!

    Noel - Oh my goodness...a fried egg on top sounds HEAVENLY! Brilliant! I can't believe that you know someone else who had a cat named Taco! How crazy! I had never heard of Taco used as a pet name before my husband spontaneously suggested it!

    Laurie - I came up with the idea while we were in Colorado! And of course I'll make some for you guys!
  7. I'm going to try these with gluten free Bisquick instead of flour...I've done it before in other recipes & works great.Plus, it's an easier substitution. I'll know how they turn out!
  8. That. Looks. Amazing. I am very happy I found your blog. I am definitely searching for clean eats like this, thank you!
  9. How small do the carrots have to be? The pre-shredded bag I buy always seems to be too large. I could pop them in the food processor quickly....
  10. aaflood - That sounds much easier! I'd love to know how they turn out for you!

    Natalie - Thank you so much! I love bite-sized food, because it's so easy (and much more fun, in my opinion) to eat!

    Laura - You are so welcome! I love quinoa, too!

    Ambika - Thank you so much! My husband went nuts over them! I hope you like them!

    Sgt SSD - Thank you so much! I'm trying really hard to get rid of some of the junk from our diet!

    Kevin - Thank you! I love bite-sized just about anything! ;-)

    Anonymous - I used a Kraft honey dijon salad dressing to dip ours!

    Jenyy - Thank you so, so much! You know how much that means to me coming from you!

    Skinny Fat Kid - I'd pop them in the food processor if I were you. I agree that the pre-shredded carrots in the store are pretty chunky!

    Elisha - These would work great in a regular muffin tin! You'd just have to cook them longer. I'd recommend 25ish minutes, but I'd start checking them at 20 if I were you! Let me know how they turn out!
  11. Anonymous - The dipping sauce is Kraft Honey Dijon salad dressing.

    Cecilia - Wow! I didn't know the Weight Watchers point value! Thanks for telling me!
  12. I'm going to try this recipe, hopefully tonight, and let you know how it turns out. :) By the way, I read your bio and our husbands would get along great. Mine also eats, sleeps, breathes soccer and he's a foreign physician so pharmacology is another interest. :)
  13. Just a thought: To reduce fat and make them vegan, you could replace the eggs with 1/3-1/2 cup of blended silken tofu, and replace the cheese with 2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast (bonus -- this adds b12, as well). You could even add in some ground flax seeds for added fiber and omega-3s.
  14. Oooh...This looks amazing! I want to use brown rice flour though...and due to severe msg issues which parmesan can mimic for me...I want to try either white cheddar or jack cheese. Has to be a white cheese. Hmmm.... Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for the idea!! :)
  15. Elsa - That's amazing! I never find any other soccer wives. Lol. Went to your blogs and LOVED them. :-)

    decaf - Thanks for the idea!

    Anonymous - You're so welcome! And I bet white cheddar would be delicious! It's one of my favorite cheeses!

    Tracy - Thanks so much! I think it would be a very toddler friendly snack!

    Lisa G - You're welcome! Thanks for trying it!

    Anonymous - Kraft Light Honey Dijon salad dressing
  16. I used a half a TBSP of potato startch, 1/2 TBSP of tapioca flour and 1 TBSP of rice flour. Didn't need to add xanathan or guar gum as it is less than 1 cup of flour. It worked well and they tasted great!!
  17. YAY!! I'm so glad you liked them! And I'm so glad that the substitutions worked, so that they could fit into your diet!
  18. These look great. The other night I made these. They were delicious!! Instead of frying them you could probably bake them on a cookie sheet. I just used some cooking spray on the pan instead of oil. (This is not my blog...I just came across the recipe.)
  19. Sharyl - Thanks so much! I hope you and your kids enjoy them as much as we did!

    morningtempest - I sure hope you like them!

    Anonymous - I've seen the quinoa burgers pinned on Pinterest. They look great! Thanks for sharing!
  20. Can you give me an idea of how much uncooked quinoa makes 2 cups cooked? Did you just boil up hot water and cook/drain the quinoa like you would pasta? Thanks for the recipe and tips. Found this on Pinterest. :)
  21. Andrea, quinoa is pretty similar to rice in the fact that it just about doubles when it's cooked. I started with 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to get the 2 cups of cooked quinoa. To prepare quinoa for this, I put the one cup of quinoa in a fine meshed strainer, rinse it, then let it soak in the water for about 15 minutes. Then, I rinse it again and put the quinoa and 2 cups of water (double the amount of quinoa) in a saucepan. Cover it, bring the water to a boil, turn it down to low and simmer until all the liquid is gone. That usually takes about 15 minutes. Depending on the recipe, I'll use low sodium chicken broth in place of water for some extra flavor. Hope that helps! :-)
  22. FYI - You can make Quinoa/cous cous etc in a rice cooker. WAY easier than the 42 step methods. Comes out perfect every time and you can add in broth, herbs etc to it to cook aswell. SUPER easy. Just made this recipe - 3 minutes till 'done' time. I added in some fingerling peppers and eliminated the cilantro/parsley because i just dont have any. Hope it still works!
  23. Laura - Thanks for letting me know! I had heard that you could make it in a rice cooker, but I haven't tried it myself yet! I bet the peppers will taste great and you may not even miss the herbs! ;-)
  24. I just finished making a sample batch. These are delicious! I made them two ways. First as per the recipe and baked for 20 minutes. I also took 2 slices of prosciutto and cut them into thirds. I lined each of 6 mini muffin wells with a piece and then filled with the quinoa mixture and baked for the same length of time. Both were great. My hubby liked the prosciutto ones more, but he said both were good. I will definitely be making these again and will try freezing them to see how they hold up. Thanks!
  25. Sorry, one correction to my previous post about the prosciutto. I used parsley, not cilantro which I detest, so I didn't quite make them as per the recipe.
  26. Anonymous - I was planning to try to freeze part of the first batch, but they all disappeared! I'm hoping to try to pop some in the freezer from my next batch.

    Rachael - My count was a little lower than that, but I may have missed something!

    Anonymous - Oh, my mouth is watering thinking about adding prosciutto! What a great idea!

    Julia - Thank you!

    Liesl - I hope you like them!!

    Rossana - I haven't come up with a specific dip for these yet, but I'd love to know if anyone else has one!
  27. I made these BUT I omitted the egg, shaped into thinner 'patties' and put them on a baking sheet, flipping them half way through the 12 minute cooking time. Gave them a bit of a crust--oh, and I added some shredded marble cheese, just for fun. THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!
  28. Hi! I just made these and they are awesome! I used spinach instead of cilantro- picky roommates. I also used a full sized muffin tin and they took about 20 mins to cook at 350.

    Thanks for the awesome idea!
  29. Jaimie - I'm not sure yet! I haven't gotten to freeze a batch yet, but it's on my to-do list!

    Anonymous - I'm so glad! I love it when my husband likes my food and asks me to make it again. :-)

    Krissy - YUM! That sounds delicious! Thanks for the idea!

    Brandy - You're so welcome!

    Njlewicki - Great idea! I bet the spinach tasted great! And it's good to know the cooking time for the normal muffin tins. Thanks for letting me know!
  30. I am trying to find ways to use my quinoa, but my family is not a big fan. However, I sneak it into soups and chili and they never even know.
  31. What a great idea! That's how I sneak zucchini into my husband's diet. I shred it and put it in spaghetti sauce. ;-)
  32. I have always found mine at Kroger in the healthy food isle. I think ours is next to the produce. I live 20 minutes away from the nearest Kroger so I stock up every time I go!
  33. Okay apparently I am obsessed with this. I've got em in the oven again, and this time I added two diced chicken breasts that I cooked with seasoning and diced. I also threw the veggies and spinach (not cilantro) into the pan with the chicken and sauteed the whole thing real quick. Added to the quinoa, egg, flour and cheese- and they're baking now!
  34. Love, love, love! Thanks so much! Daughter ate quite a few, I'm loving them. I sauteed onion, used parsley, and made a few little pancakes, which I liked for the crunch. It will be in my rotation! - Lynn
  35. These are in the oven as I type, found on pinterest yesterday and couldn't wait to make them despite not having all the ingredients. So I subbed diced red onion for green onion and left out cilantro altogether as I didn't have anything to replace it with. As mentioned in another comment I added some shredded marble cheese and chicken as well.
    They turned out AMAZING!!!
  36. Sue, I've used them more as a main meal or snack/appetizer so far than as a side, but they're pretty versatile!
  37. I made these tonight only used yellow onion, green and orange peppers, zuchini and squash instead if the parsley, cilantro and green onion. I also used mexican cheese mix and served them with salsa. Turned out great! Thanks!
  38. Just tried these today. they taste pretty good! I measured the quinoa wrong though. I realized AFTER that it called for 2 cups of COOKED quinoa and that stuff really swells in water. Great with the honey dijon.
  39. Ok, I HAVE to make these now! I don't have mini muffin tins so I'm going to make them in regular muffin tins using quinoa flour for the flour (need to eat gluten free) and add some ham. I'm trying to eat better breakfasts and this should fit the bill perfectly!

    Thank you so much for this!
  40. Hi! I am really anxious to try these, but I can't have eggs. I typically use a mixture of ground flax seed and water to substitute. Do you think that would work with this recipe?

  41. Making these for superbowl! I am going to sub the flour for quinoa flour or whole wheat... going to share this on my blog if you don't mine (crediting you OF COURSE!)

  42. I made them this morning and they were AWESOME! Was going to eat some at lunch with my soup, but decided to eat them right from the pan for breakfast!

    I subbed some fresh basil for the cilantro (not a fan) and instead of the all-purpose flour I used a combo of brown rice flour, potato starch, and quinoa flour. Rice flour probably would have been fine on its own, but I am new to this and I have all the flours so figured why not mix!

    Thanks very much for the yummy recipe!!
  43. Did you use mini muffin cups? I used egg white, but mine didnt stay together, I was dissapointed. Maybe the carrots were shredded to thick? They seemed a bit big.
  44. Anonymous, no, I didn't use any cups! I believe the yolk helps hold these together so maybe that was the issue? And it could have been the carrots - mine were pretty thin! I'm so sorry they fell apart on you! That's so frustrating!
  45. I am going to try these out on my family tomorrow night! If all goes well, I'm going to make them for a baby shower I'm planning - except I'll make them in a mimi muffin pan so thy will be bite size!
  46. I made these last night. They are yummy! I used wheat flour, because that's what I had readily available. It worked fine. Also, my carrots were not finely shredded. I just ran them through the food processor and chopped them up. I had some big chunks. They held together fine...was even able to pluck them out of the muffin tin with a fork stabbed in them.

    And thanks for the clue about the doubling in size. I cooked way too much quinoa...guess I have enough cooked quinoa to make another batch!

    By the way... we were discussing these after we tried them last night and it might be good to mix them up one night, refrigerate them overnight and then bake them the next night. This would give the flavors a chance to meld and taste even better.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  47. You can substitute one tablespoon of cornstarch for the 2 of flour in the recipe for a gluten-free variant. I tried it and just dissolved the cornstarch in a bit of water before adding it to the mix. It came out the same as when I did the recipe with flour! Voilá! Great recipe! Big hit at parties and a good way to use quinoa!
  48. Surprisingly, we didn't eat them all at the first sitting and had plenty left over. I put them into a bag, crumbled them and into a sauce pan with some chicken stock. I'm amazed to find that they're even better the next day! So yummy!
  49. Seriously good! I used a regular size muffin pan and it made 18 bites, using a heaping tablespoon for each. I substituted egg whites for whole eggs to cut some of the calories.
    We loved them and I can't wait to try the other flavours too!
  50. I just want to say these are really tasty and a GREAT(healthy) finger food for babies. I just omitted the salt.

    I was wondering if instead of using a mini muffin tray, could I make them into little balls and bake on a cookie sheet?
  51. I made these and YUM! I used Greek Yogurt to make a dipping sauce. I've used instead of sour cream with Ranch dressing mix or just added a little garlic salt. That way you are getting even more protein in! (I'm 98% vegetarian so I'm always trying to sneak extra protein in!)

    Thanks for the recipe!
  52. I made these last night and they are awesome and addictive. I added 1 cup of shredded cheddar to mine and I got 30 bites. 28 calories each. Nice!
  53. I used fl parsley instead of cilantro just because it seemed a better combo with the Parmesan cheese. I'm ping to serve them with a fresh tomato marinara sauce for dipping when my boys wake up. I've already popped half a dozen myself.

    I'd love to make them with shredded apple and cinnamon as a breakfast option.
  54. These are SO Delicious! Thank you. I made a double recipe to take to a retreat and ended up making another double recipe because I'm sure people will gobble them up. I will be making these again for parties and for the family to snack on. Yummy!
  55. Hi there

    Thanks for all these onderful recipes, I am so looking forward to working through them all if they all taste as good as these. One (quite major) problem I'm having though is getting them to stick together, I'm following the recipes and I can't think what I'm doing wrong, it seems I'm the only one having these problem :(
  56. Layla, I'm so sorry it's not working for you! The only suggestion I have is to increase the amount of egg and flour (those are the binders). I wish I knew why they weren't staying together for you!
  57. These were very good! As far as homemade dip ideas, I followed along with the honey mustard salad dressing idea and made the following:
    1/2 cup low fat sour cream, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp yellow mustard & 1 tbsp agave nectar. mix all together and adjust to taste. it was delicious! Now I can't wait to try the buffalo chicken bites!
  58. Isabelle, I'm SO glad you liked them! And your dip sounds delicious and I just happen to have all of those ingredients on hand at the moment. ;-)

    I hope you like the buffalo chicken bites!
  59. I just came across your blog as my gf called me and told me she is making your homemade cheesy quinoa bites & sent me the link!

    These look deelish and I love quinoa recipies!

    Im trying to be more creative with cooking, and I always make healthy stuff... or atleast I try too!

    I just followed you so I can come back and stalk your blog when I need cookies ideas :)

    Thanks for the amazing recipes!

    Stephanie :)
  60. My daughter is on a low glycemic diet for seizures and quinoa is one of the only grains she can have. She hasn't liked quinoa yet but I bet these will change her mind! I'm substituting coconut flour for regular flour as its nutritionally rich and similar texture. Crossing my fingers that she likes these!
  61. I used black quinoa when I made this. Do different types of quinoa have different consistency (sticky vs less sticky) like rice? Mine all fell apart.
  62. So, I was dead-set on making these tonight, but when I went to the grocery store, they didn't have any quinoa.

    Despite cous cous being nothing like quinoa, I subbed it in anyway—and it was still delicious :) Probably a bit spongier, and I broiled them briefly at the end to bring back some crispiness.
  63. Thank you so much for this great recipe!~ Have celiac disease (need gluten free) and I just used 2 Tbls of gluten free all purpose flour They are yum!!! Not telling anyone they are gluten free tho! Question--is it better to use cold/warm, or hot quinoa?
  64. I calculated out the nutritional info in case you might want to add it to the body of the blog in case there are people counting calories and macros like myself :)I subbed oat flour for the all purpose for a complex carb.

    28 servings
    1 serving = 4 Bites
    Calories: 117
    Fat: 4.8 g
    Carbs: 12.4 g
    Protein: 6.8 g

    Thanks for this recipe. It was referred to me at our mom's group meeting at church :)
  65. I used whole eggs... A few of mine fell apart but I think they were a little bigger than the others... I think if I had left them in the oven a few more minutes they wouldnt have fallen apart. And cooking quinoa in chicken broth gives it a lot of flavor... They are good without dipping in anything!
  66. I will be making these! I'm sure cornstarch will substitute fine for white flour as it usually does when I'm making gluten free recipes. Don't need to get all fancy with the gluten free flour. :)
  67. Yum! I can't wait to try these, I love the idea of using the muffin tin and baking rather than frying them up...Awesome!
  68. actually, the eggs are the binding agent, as well as the cheese, so even adding a little more cooked quinoa to this recipe in place of the flour would would more cheese, rice flour, soy flour, chickpea flour, etc etc etc...even adding cooked brown rice! I can think of a MILLION variations on this recipe, thank you SO MUCH for posting it! It's on the menu tonight, although I will probably be experimenting with it a bit! You could make these into vegetarian meatballs with the right spices (think: meatball subs!), or even taco balls, and OH spinach feta! nomnomnom
  69. I used your recipe for my first experiment with quinoa. I took them in to work and got a great response. I wasn't totally thrilled with them though, but I used powdered parmesan cheese; I think they would have been better and had a bit more "bite" with fresh grated cheese. I also thought about trying them with cheddar cheese sometime. I think there are a lot of variations you can make with these. Thanks for posting. I'll be linking back to this post from my blog. :)
  70. I'm excited to try these. I love quinoa but have very few recipes that I really like. Two others I like being "quinoa burgers" that I found on a different site and a cheesy quinoa & broccoli bake. Instead of the muffin tins I'm just going to bake like a casserole in an 8x8 pan as it's just dinner for myself. Would be great at a party in the muffin tins though! Thanks for the recipe!
  71. These are really good! I left out the garlic and the green onion (because I didn't have any) and used whole wheat flour and they still turned out really good. Thanks so much for the recipe!
  72. My sister had an orange tabby that was named Taco that lived for many many years, too! Lol sadly missed! :-(
  73. Alyse, I've thought about making the quinoa bites in casserole-like form, but they're just so fun to eat in little bite-sized portions! ;-)

    Haylee, I'm so glad you liked them! I hadn't thought about using whole wheat flour! Thanks for the idea!

    Anonymous - That's so crazy! Here I was thinking Taco was such a unique name! Glad your sister's Taco had a good, long life.
  74. I found these on Pinterest via a modification of this recipe, but I'm so glad I clicked through to this one. I made these last night and they were sooo good! Great recipe. I brought them as an app to girls night and they were a huge (semi-guilt-free!) hit! Thank you!

    I'm gluten free so I subbed the flour for Bob's Mills Biscuit and Baking mix and it worked just fine. I also subbed sweet potato for the carrots, because I love sweet potatoes. Served them with some Honey Mustard Chipotle dip - so delicious.

    Thank you for sharing!!
  75. I'm not sure how to veganize the cheese, but I've seen cashew cheez that would probably work. The eggs can be replaced with 1Tbsp chia seeds to 3 Tbsp water (let sit 5 min) PER EGG. Gives it a poppy seed effect.
    Quinoa can be soaked and sprouted for anyone who'd like just eat it raw (not sure how you'd raw up the rest of the recipe)
    Sounds good with the spinach!
    Def marking this blog for future visits!
  76. These were amazing with a simple avocado sauce.
    Can you use nutritional yeast as a substitute for cheese in this recipe?
  77. I fused this recipe with your buffalo chicken quinoa bites. I am a vegetarian, so I left out the chicken, but wanted the buffalo taste. I did cut down on the hot sauce too! They are in the oven now, and I am super excited about the results!

  78. Looks Yummy!! I haven't tried these yet, but wanted to let you know that "Ancient Harvest" makes quinoa flour. I found a box at Whole Foods.
  79. I cant either did you try these with rice flour yet? I plan on making these at the end of the week with rice flour.
  80. how many calories are in these babies? I cooked this up tonight and loved em! even my hubby like them! I didn't have fresh garlic so I used garlic salt, added some green peppers and cut up spinach to it. yummy! thanks for posting this!
  81. Thanks for such great inspiration tonight. I made quite a few changes as I thought I'd try to emulate pierogi but the principle was the same! I also halved the recipe.

    I cooked the quinoa with a finely diced shallot and a big clove of garlic minced right in the pot. Near the end of its simmering I added shredded cauliflower (probably 3/4 of a cup) because I find cauliflower to mimic the flavour of potato - essential for pierogi! When I do this again, I'll put the cauliflower in at the beginning so it really softens.

    I mixed the quinoa/cauliflower mixture with one egg, a heap of cheddar cheese, black pepper and a couple of heaping spoons of fat-free sour cream.

    I quenelled the mixture straight onto a greased baking sheet and they were in the oven for 22 minutes. I served them just how I like my pierogi: with sauted onions and sour cream flavoured with chilli, paprika and black pepper.

    Thanks again!
  82. Thank you for this recipe. I really enjoy quinoa and was looking for different ways to prepare it. I doubled the recipe and substituted sauteed crimini mushrooms and yellow onions for the carrots and green onions since that's what I had on hand. I didn't have any cilantro so that was left out. I put them in a regular muffin tin for larger "bites" and baked them for about 35 minutes. They are SO good! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Dee
  83. for the Gluten Free ones of us-- i am going to use the bisquick GF mix, it ususally substitues in for flour really nice.
  84. I did them with rice flour and they were great. It isn't like a cake that has to rise, so I think any kind of flour would work. Thinking of adding cheddar cheese next time too!
  85. I haven't tried freezing them myself, but others have said they've done it successfully! I hope your boys like them!
  86. Oh, yum! A love pierogis and it's brilliant to add some cauliflower! I'm definitely going to try cooking the quinoa with some minced garlic! It sounds fantastic!
  87. Another reader calculated the nutritional info!

    28 servings
    1 serving = 4 Bites
    Calories: 117
    Fat: 4.8 g
    Carbs: 12.4 g
    Protein: 6.8 g

    Adding spinach is such a great idea! Yum!
  88. avocado sauce sounds fabulous! I haven't tried nutritional yeast, but others have said that it worked well for them!
  89. I love the idea of replacing the eggs with chia seeds! And definitely sounds good with spinach! Thank you for the info!
  90. We eat mostly GF, I use brown rice flour every time with excellent results! Becky, this is my family's favorite meal! Thanks so much for sharing it! Oh, and I've started making it in a rectangular casserole dish on the nights it's just family, much easier and less time consuming than scooping into all the muffin tins - but I definitely make "bite" when I take it anywhere (and every time I take it somewhere everyone wants the recipe. I point them to this website!)
  91. Delicious! I didn't have carrots or cilantro in the garden but we had the scallions and bok choy, onions, and garlic. Delicious with a light soy dipping sauce! Thanks for the inspiration!
  92. Sara,
    One of my family's favorite salads is quinoa/chicken. Here's the link:

    You can substitute any part of the recipe except the quinoa. My hubby doesn't like the texture of quinoa and still loves this cold salad.
  93. Are these Ok to bake and eat at room temperature? Want to make them for a party, but am wondering if they would not taste as good if they aren't warm.
  94. I used cheddar cheese delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!! I added ground flax seeds and grated parsnip too. U could use wheatgerm instead of the flour but any kind of flour would work as it is used like a thickening agent in this recipe. Will definitely make these again.
  95. I made these today for my 1 year old. I used cheddar cheese, added ground flax seeds and grated parsnip, did not put salt nor pepper. I used 1/2 teaspoon paprika. I used wholemeal flour but any kind of flour would work. U can also add wheatgerm. I will try and make these using spinach. I also cooked the onion and garlic before adding it to the recipe. I will definitely make again so thank you for such a great recipe.
  96. Tried these tonight, they're baking right now! We didn't have a ton of veggies so we just put broccoli in them. They smell AMAZING! I can't wait to try them. And we don't have a mini muffin tin.. so we used a regular one and there's defintely plenty for dinner!
  97. It's easy enough to convert this to gluten free but I wonder how to veganize these? Maybe flax meal, Daiya cheddar, and a little Xanthan gum will stick it all together?
  98. Can't wait to make these! Has anyone made them in a casserole dish and then cut up into bite size pieces? Does the cooking time change if baking in a casserole dish? Thanks!
  99. I am eating these as I type. These are amazinggg!!!! I don't have a tin cup for muffins so I used a small square tin. These are really good! thanks for sharing!
  100. Hi Fran, I've heard from people who have successfully frozen these before and after baking, but I haven't tried it myself yet! And you're very welcome! :-)
  101. Really, any sauce would taste good - barbecue, honey mustard, ranch, sour cream...I can't think of a sauce that wouldn't go well with these!
  102. I made these last night and enjoyed them! Today I reheated them in a skillet with a tiny bit of olive oil on medium high heat to crisp up the tops and bottoms! I thought they were even better this way! Thanks!
  103. Hi Becky,

    I cannot wait to try these. Even though I stay lactose free for most things I have a hard time giving up cheese so once and awhile I will incorporate into my recipes. Thanks for these.

    J Allen :-)
  104. Just made them tonight and really liked them. Did not use chicken broth, but will try that next time around with a few more spices for hubby. I think I will make another batch tomorrow for Superbowl and see how they go over. :)
  105. You can make these without the flour. I have a similar recipe that calls for ham and cheddar. I've also subbed mushrooms and Jarlsberg (swiss) for ham and cheddar.
  106. I just made these for a picky hubby and teenage boy. I used red quinoa. My son asked for more "meatballs" after dinner he asked about the ingredients. He was shocked that there was no hamburger in them. He had refused to try a similar recipe when I had used regular white quinoa. The red really makes them look like meat.
  107. Sounds good! I've made these without the flour as well, I just like the way they hold together a bit better with the flour addition. :-)
  108. I haven't done it yet myself, but others have said they have successfully frozen them both before and after baking!
  109. Yes! I've eaten them at room temp before. I still prefer them fresh from the oven, but they hold up well. :-)
  110. Oh, wow! So glad your little one liked them! I never would have thought to put grated parsnip in! Very cool!
  111. I've made these a few times with cooked and chopped broccoli, ham bits, and cheddar. Sooo delish, thank you for sharing! my picky toddler devours them :)
  112. I've used millet flour, all purpose gluten free flour with great results. I like millet flour for savory dishes because it doesn't interfere with the flavor.
    I cook my quinoa in vegetable broth for extra favor.
    I also add 1/2 cup quality white cheddar cheese

    I used tri color quinoa tonight--wow, was it beautiful. All that color!
  113. I've never tried millet flour, but it's so good to know that it doesn't mess with the flavor! I love cooking my quinoa in broth...I can't remember the last time I didn't! Love the addition of white cheddar cheese and I bet the bites looked amazing with tri color quinoa!
  114. [...] I came up with this healthy-quinoa-based meal recipe, being inspired by the Cheesy Quinoa Bites on this website: [...]
  115. I made these tonight for dinner and followed the recipe exactly and they were amazing!! My husband loved them and one out of my two boys as well!!!! This will be featured regularly, a true keeper! We chose spaghetti sauce to dip them and couldn't 'dip' enough! I also tried a variation and made a 'breakfast batch' with cinnamon, walnuts, diced apple, brown sugar, vanilla and flax....but here is my dilemma - what to dip them in???? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you so much!!!
  116. A post about quinoa bites, in celebration of the fact that I cooked and zombies haven’t taken over the world | Jennifer Farwell says:
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  117. I just came across this recipe. It sounds delicious! My family eats a lot of quinoa. I can't wait to try this.
  118. These look delicious! I can almost taste them right now. Some of the bean flours like chick pea would be delicious with these. I have been on a quest to provide healthier meals and snacks for myself and hubby since we are both diabetic and these would be great. Not to put a damper on enthusiasm re some comments but I recommend reading consumer reports on brown rice. This report is one reason why I am looking for rice alternatives that we will both like. Fermentig and culturing foods is another way we are returning to healthier foods. Thanks again for such a great recipe! & : )
  119. why not? because rice flour doesn't have gluten it doesn't rise as easily and is less sticky but should work fine with this recipe. I recently discovered that packaged rice flour described as sweet gluten rice flour simply means a type of rice, like jasmine, doesn't have sugar but tastes sweet and does not have gluten only that it is a sticker rice and is used in things like sushi. All in the translation. good luck--I'm giving this recipe a try and using rice flour.
  120. Thanks, Becky! I can't wait to make these. I am always looking for a lite mid afternoon snack, This seems to qualify :)
  121. Gotta try these! Substitute Gluten free flour should work. I cut wheat and wheat products out of my life since mid -May 2012, without counting calories nor cutting out other carbs, eating normally, lost 40+ lbs and now fit in a size 10-12! Reading your blog about counting calories and working to lose lbs.. I couldn't resist posting this! And the best part is I wasn't trying to loose weight, just wanted to feel better! And lhe level of energy is out of this world!!
  122. You can try the organic whole wheat. White rice is not a good choice for diabetics as it turns into blood sugar very fast.
  123. Thanks Becky. I haven't read all these comments, however, the first time I made them, my friend phoned in the middle of everything and I forgot the flour. They turned out good without it. Second time I made them, everyone loved them. I served them with sweet thai chili sauce or chipotle sauce. Thank you for this recipe!
  124. Hi Shannon! Sometimes cooling for a few minutes helps them "set" a little bit better, but usually the reason they fall apart is that the chunks of veggies are too big or there are too many of them. So sorry yours didn't stay together!
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  126. I made these earlier this week and they're incredible! Healthy and a great topping on my salads or on the side. I did switch celery out for red pepper (not a fan) and they were great!
  127. what other kinds of dipping sauces work with these? I've never been a big fan of quinoa/ couscous either but I am hoping for the best with these! They definitely do look delicious
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