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Cheddar Quinoa Bites

These cheddar quinoa bites are served with a spicy yogurt dipping sauce. They pack a healthy, protein punch and are a great side dish.

Things learned this weekend…

Top 40 music becomes much more fun after 3 vodka cranberries and 2 beers.

Coworkers become much more fun after 3 vodka cranberries and 2 beers. (I kid, I kid, they’re always great)

I’ve reached some emotional peak in my life where I now cry at father/daughter dances.

Duck fat fries at a wedding? Best idea ever.

Especially after 3 vodka cranberries and 2 beers.

Navigating a directionally challenged husband home at midnight after 3 vodka cranberries and 2 beers is amusing.

Cheddar quinoa bites

Cheesy quinoa bites make excellent hangover food the next day.

quinoa bites

Besides the fact that I pronounced it as “kin-o-wah” for the first year of our relationship, I’m pretty much in love with quinoa. It masks itself like a carby grain but you can eat it and not have to worry about what your added protein is going to be because it is one! I’m positive if I was a vegetarian I’d live off the stuff.

Add cheddar, Mexican spices, corn kernels that pop in your mouth from freshness and a spicy yogurt dipping sauce and our relationship goes from love to something slightly inappropriate.

Cheddar quinoa bites

Kind of like me on the dance floor Saturday night.

Cheddar quinoa bites

Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These cheddar quinoa bites are served with a spicy yogurt dipping sauce. They pack a healthy, protein punch and are a great side dish.


Quinoa bites

  • 1/2 cup uncooked red quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels (fresh or thawed from frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper

Dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha


Quinoa Bites

  1. Rinse quinoa then combine with water in a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).
  3. While quinoa cooks, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  5. Add quinoa to the bowl when finished cooking and combine all ingredients with clean hands.
  6. Form mixture into golf ball sized balls (this will be messy but they should come together enough to form balls. If not, add a bit more breadcrumbs) and place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. If any of the balls have cracked while cooking, reshape them while still hot then let cool to harden.

Dipping sauce

  1. Combine yogurt and sriracha in small bowl and stir together.


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Adapted from Tablespoon via Bev Cooks

Amallia @DesireToEat

Thursday 28th of August 2014

Wow, interesting recipe, looks so delicious.

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Thursday 5th of July 2012

So I'm in the middle of making these now for a party thats happening tomorrow evening...i they will be chilled then thrown in a cooler for the drive, into the oven and hopefully come out good enough to eat. Looking at this recipe, it seems like there will only be about 10-15 balls? The party will have 30+ people...I think that a second batch will be mandatory.

Running to the Kitchen

Thursday 5th of July 2012

Yes, definitely make 2 batches! Hope everyone likes them!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Tuesday 26th of June 2012

Making these this week! I am making a Mexican Quinoa Salad tonight, and with the leftover, I am making this!

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