These Easy 15 Minute Quinoa Bites With Peas do not require you to pre-cook the quinoa like other recipes. With only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes, these are both healthy and filling!
The Quinoa Trend
Quinoa has become SO popular these days!
Remember when it just started making its way into restaurants and stores??
No one really knew how to pronounce “KEEN-WA” or really knew what the heck quinoa was?
Usually I get annoyed by trendy foods but after learning how healthy AND tasty quinoa is, I quickly became a HUGE quinoa fan.
Did you know that quinoa is…
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- Helps control blood sugar
- High in antioxidants
- High in nutrients
- Gluten Free
It really is a health food!
I am sure that’s why it has become so popular!
When I think of how to cook quinoa, I think of how I would cook rice.
It is just as versatile and more tasty in my opinion.
You can find quinoa in your local grocer in either the rice or gluten free aisle. They sell it in 3 different colors, red, black and white. There really is not much of a difference in my opinion other than the color. Do you have a preference??
6 Ingredients in Just 15 Minutes
Obviously all of my recipes are focused on the idea of being able to eat the food at hand in one to two bites.
Naturally, things that are loosely cooked like quinoa, definitely make it a challenge! Even using a muffin tin..Speaking of muffin tins, have you tried my Cheesy Egg n’ Chive Bites or my Mini Maple Corn Muffins yet??
So some of my attempts failed as the quinoa fell apart or came out too dry.
But I am happy to say these quinoa bites are a winner!!
I tried keeping it simple and quick because when guests come over we don’t have time. And with this, you can pop it in the oven and know your 15 minutes away from a tasty snack.
The fiber and protein make these a filling snack and can be thrown in your kids lunches OR laid out for a crowd!
They can be frozen but are better fresh.
Peas and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Does anyone LOVE peas as much as me?!
I think they got a bad rep way back when our moms used to cook the life out of them to the point of no return.
Take my word for it when I say, frozen peas don’t need to be cooked.
They need to be jussssst warmed through. Maintaining a crunchy bite is key!
The lemon zest goes perfectly adding a bit of brightness. Don’t leave this out.
The Parmigiano-Reggiano is your salty component since quinoa needs salt.
Using an egg white instead of the yolk, keeps these from being too “eggy” while doing it’s job of holding the quinoa together.
So here’s how I did it…
If you make these 15 Minute Quinoa Bites With Peas, comment below and let me know if they came out the way you had hoped!!
These Easy 15 Minute Quinoa Bites With Peas do not require you to pre-cook the quinoa like other recipes. With only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes, you will wow your guests!
- 1/2 Cup Uncooked Quinoa (Any Color)
- 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Reggiano
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 4 Large Egg Whites
- 4 Tbsp Melted Butter
- 2 Tsp. Lemon Zest
Preheat oven to 350 F and mix all ingredients in one bowl well! (I recommend whisking the egg whites first then add in the rest!)
Fill (greased) muffin tins all the way up with quinoa mixture.
Bake for 14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Enjoy!
Make ahead and place on large baking sheet. Place in oven at 350 F for 2 minutes to reheat just before guests arrive!