Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Southwestern Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites


We are in bite size mode here at The Slow Roasted Italian!  Our 'Mini Me' Slow Roaster (our munchkin) is going through a super picky phase.  Unless its a dessert with sprinkles it needs to be bite sized to be a favorite.  Luckily, we have come up with some fantastic healthy combinations that she is just devouring.  Southwestern Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites are fabulous for the whole family and something that Munchkin willingly devours!

Bite sized, healthy and scrumptious!  Triple point score.  In our house with 2 picky eaters it is challenging to come up with something healthy that everyone loves.  This one was a winner. Great southwestern flavors with some diced jalapeno for a great flavor.  Ham and cheese is always a winning combination, mix in zucchini, egg whites and quinoa and you have a perfect bite sized meal!

These freeze great.  I store them in a gallon resealable bag.  Take them out and Spritz them with water and either microwave them until heated or defrost and pop them in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

Dinner's Ready!

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Southwestern Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites
makes approximately 48 bites

2 cups cooked quinoa
4 egg whites
1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese
½ cup finely diced ham (I diced nitrate free sliced ham)
1 tablespoon Mrs Dash SW Chipotle seasoning
1 jalapeno, finely diced
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare 2 mini muffin pans with cooking spray.

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a spoon to combine. Spoon mixture into muffin cups, filling to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.

Serve and enjoy!



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13 comments:

  1. i have done something similar using rice but not quinoa- great idea

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  2. i have done something similar using rice but not quinoa- great idea

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    1. Thanks Jessica! We are really loving quinoa right now, it is so fun to work with too.

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  3. So healthy! Would go perfect over a big salad. Love the quinoa recipes!

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    1. We are really enjoying quinoa. I love this quinoa pilaf.

      Enjoy!

      Donna

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    2. what else can you. use if you don't have quinoa?

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    3. I haven't tried it but brown rice would be great here too!

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  4. I got a bit too excited when I saw this in my inbox. Quinoa! Zucchini! Cheese!

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  5. These look really good but was wondering is there a reason you used egg whites instead of whole eggs other than it's healthier?

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  6. This might be a duplicate (sorry). . . These look awesome and plan on trying them. I was just wondering if there is a reason why you use egg whites instead of whole eggs other than it is healthier?

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  7. These look really good but was wondering is there a reason you used egg whites instead of whole eggs other than it's healthier?

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    1. Just to lower the fat content. You can certainly use whole eggs. Substitute 2 whole eggs for every 4 egg whites. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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