Quinoa Lunch Box Mini Muffins

Quinoa Lunch Box Muffins

These Quinoa Muffins were quite quick and easy to make. I have been cooking with Quinoa a little bit lately and I have had a number of emails asking about what Quinoa is. I am not expert, on Quinoa, far from it.  I was pronouncing it wrong for most of this year!  Wikipedia defines it as:

Quinoa ( /ˈknwɑː/ or /kɨˈn.ə/Spanishquinua, from Quechuakinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetsspinach, and tumbleweeds.

Quinoa is popular now as it recognised for its very high protein content(14% by mass). It is also a good source of dietary fibre and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron.

Quinoa Lunch Box Mini Muffins

Ingredients:
Quinoa Muffins

  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 – 2 carrots (you will need I cup of grated carrot)
  • 2 sticks spring onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
2. Thoroughly rinse quinoa.
3. Finely chop spring onions.
4. Grate carrots so you have at least 1 cup of grated carrot.
5. Grate cheese.

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6. In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and set aside.

Quinoa Muffins
7. Add quinoa to a saucepan with water and bring to the boil.  Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed.

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8. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and add carrot, egg, spring onions, crushed garlic, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Muffins
9. Combine the ingredients gently with a large spoon.

Quinoa Muffins
10. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Then add about a tablespoon of mixture to each muffin hole, filling to the top.

11. Place muffin trays in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Quinoa Muffins
12. Once the muffins have browned slightly on the top, remove from the oven.  Make your way around the edge of the muffin with a knife and then take them out to cool on a rack.

Quinoa Muffins
Enjoy! This recipe made 28 mini muffins.

Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa Lunch Box Mini Muffins
 
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Recipe type: finger food
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 - 2 carrots (you will need I cup of grated carrot)
  • 2 sticks spring onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Thoroughly rinse quinoa.
  3. Finely chop spring onions.
  4. Grate carrots so you have at least 1 cup of grated carrot.
  5. Grate cheese.
  6. In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and set aside.
  7. Add quinoa to a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and add carrot, egg, spring onions, crushed garlic, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
  9. Combine the ingredients gently with a large spoon.
  10. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Then add about a tablespoon of mixture to each muffin hole, filling to the top.
  11. Place muffin trays in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  12. Once the muffins have browned slightly on the top, remove from the oven. Make your way around the edge of the muffin with a knife and then take them out to cool on a rack.
  13. Enjoy! This recipe made 28 mini muffins.

Have you tried a quinoa recipe yet?

Comments

  1. says

    I love love love quinoa! Having cut wheat out of my diet for 3 years now I really missed tabouli and cous cous salads. Now, I can have both. YAY!

  2. Kathy says

    These look great, and would be easy to make gluten free. I’m going to give them a go when things simmer down in November!

  3. Theresa says

    Thanks I will try them this week – I am so excited its school and kindy next week after 4 weeks off, I am meal planning now for next week. Sure they will be a hit. Cannot wait to have less food prep at home haha and more food in lunchboxes and no constant request for more food please at home!!

  4. Katie says

    I made these for my 7 year old son who has just decided he is 100% vegetarian. He liked them a lot as an afternoon snack and in his lunchbox. My work colleagues also loved them! They are best reheated in the microwave.

  5. Corrin says

    I realised I forgot to put in the flour as soon as I put them in the oven .. I also used cheddar instead of mozzarella. They worked anyhow and held together fine, for any gluten free’s out there.

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