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.

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Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
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.


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

  • Rinse quinoa then combine with water in a small sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).
  • While quinoa cooks, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Add quinoa to the bowl when finished cooking and combine all ingredients with clean hands.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • If any of the balls have cracked while cooking, reshape them while still hot then let cool to harden.

Dipping sauce

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


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 134IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American

Adapted from Tablespoon via Bev Cooks
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  1. 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.

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

  3. I definitely could have used these after the wedding I was at on Saturday night too. Healthy hangover food is probably a must :)

  4. Yeah I would totes eat these. healthy, portable and delicious! Plus, cherry is my favorite fruit!

  5. Quinoa is my new favorite food this year! The first time I tried it, I just made it plain and didn’t really like it. But now I’ve made a couple different versions of cakes with it and I’m in love! I’m always looking for more variations, Thanks!

  6. I needed this recipe last Sunday….everyone gets more fun after a wine festival too :)

  7. These look so amazing, I love the color. I totally need to make a gluten-free, dairy-free version of these, they’d be great on top of all of the local greens we got this week in our CSA. Thanks for the great recipe and the idea, I will let you know if I am successful with a gf, v – version :)