Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites

This recipe from Tip Hero was actually the first thing my mom shared this year but I’ve been putting it off because I was not entirely convinced it was going to be good.

First I gathered all my ingredients.  It says to rinse and drain your quinoa before cooking.  I never understood why so I usually ignore that step unless I have some extra time on my hands.  Today, I did not.

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Add the quinoa and broth to a pan and cook on medium heat until boiling, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.  The recipe calls for vegetable broth but we had chicken broth so I used that instead.

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Everything else gets mixed together in a bowl- eggs, broccoli, onion, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper. Then you add the quinoa when it is done cooking.

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Here comes the annoying part.  After you grease your mini muffin pan with cooking spray, spoon the mixture in.  They say you should get 36 bites out of this but, I guess since I didn’t measure my spoonfuls, I got 35.  Close enough. Then add more shredded cheese on top of each bite, even more annoying,  before cooking.

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I let them cool in the pan and most of them came out pretty easily.  I should have taken them out sooner but Josh was in the kitchen and I didn’t want to get in his way.  These kind of taste like broccoli cheddar soup.  I’m a fan but I think I’ll probably make this as regular muffins or a casserole next time. Maybe even throw in some chicken or bacon to mix it up.

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Ingredients & Instructions from Tip Hero:

¾ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups broccoli florets, finely chopped
1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, plus a little extra for the top

1. Heat the quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is evaporated and the quinoa is tender.

2. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray.

3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until combined.

4. Scoop tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the muffin tins. Sprinkle a little extra cheddar on top of each quinoa bite.

5. Bake in the preheated oven 15-20 minutes, until browned.

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