Monday, March 28, 2011

Broccoli and Quinoa Goodness

This dish was inspired by reading this blog about Broccoli Cheddar Nuggets.  I wanted to try them but decided to see how I could incorporate Quinoa.

What You Need:
12 oz bag of frozen broccoli
1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
3 eggs
1/4 cup GF ranch dressing
1 slice of toasted GF bread cut up
Salt and pepper

How to Make It:
Cook the Quinoa according to the instructions on the box.  Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Chop up the broccoli and mix with carrots.  Add cheese, egg and dressing to veggie mixture.   When Quinoa is done add with toast to mixture.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.

I used a mini-muffin tin that I sprayed to make mine.   This allows for a fun little finger food option.  These could be used as appetizers with a ranch dip, as a side item or as a healthy snack!  I put about half of them in the freezer for later and plan to eat the rest this week.  I love having good items in the freezer ready whenever I need something to eat!

The Quinoa added good texture and binding for the dish, I did rinse it first.  There is no one over powering taste in these, everything just melts together!  I think this is a great base to work off of.  I look forward to hearing how other people adapt the recipe to your tastes!


  1. You know I'm going to make these! Just as soon as Lent is over! I gave up ranch :)

  2. You could make them without ranch for now. Way to go on Resolution #5! I appreciate it :)

  3. Wow what a great idea! I love quinoa. I'm so glad I found your site!

  4. I have to admit, I can't make these because of my food sensitivities, but man do they look good! So wish I could make them!

  5. I was just looking for savory muffins this morning. Yours is very different from the ones I found and looks pretty tasty and nutritious with the quinoa and broccoli.

  6. If I was eating dairy I would definitely be making these. They look great! Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  7. Quinoa is my favorite grain. Thanks for sharing these.

  8. Is it possible to sub a rice cheese and an egg substitute in this recipe? It looks fantastic! I will give it a try... Feedback welcome... Thanks!

  9. Seem to be lots of dairy free, egg free readers. Please do not feel you can't have these! Feel free to make any necessary changes to meet your specific needs. The possibilities are endless!
    Let me know what changes you make so others can see them.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. These look fantastic. I cannot get enough broccoli lately! (Sad, I know.) I admit though, that I really want to add some crumbled bacon to these! :)

    1. Becky! I hope you enjoy them. I love me some veggies!!
      Bacon is a great idea. Bacon makes everything better :)


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