Crispy Quinoa Bites

by Amie on May 21, 2012

Ahhh; quinoa.  How I love thee.

I love your soft, fluffy texture.

I love cooking up a batch on Sunday night and picking on your leftovers with my little fingers before tossing it into salads, soups and desserts for the week ahead.

I love how every time I cook you up, you remind me of a cozy family dinner when I was a kid.  After being on lockdown at the dinner table with Brussels sprouts and a crock pot meal – quinoa never looked so good or tasted so good, for that matter.

Sigh. I love you quinoa.  And so do my clients- they can’t get enough lately.

Actually they’ve been eating so much of it that they asked me for some other ways to prepare it.

Well, have no fear Amie is here.

And wait until you see how cute these little bites are that I’ve created.

If you, too love this darling qunioa seed then I know you’ll love this recipe with tiny flecks of basil, onion and chives.  It’s the perfect touch that makes this recipe the best I’ve had in a long, long time.

There’s just something special about it that I can’t put my finger on….

Maybe because it’s a fun lil’ finger food that you’ll love to dip right into a fresh tomato sauce.

Or maybe it’s just because I love quinoa.

One bite of these and you’ll be batting your eyelashes while smiling ear to ear.  And you’ll probably wanna make ‘em again next week…because they’re a bit too good to be true.

I added dairy-free cheese to this recipe but you can use regular cheese if you prefer.  The amount of cherry tomatoes depends on their ripeness. Right now, if your tomatoes are as ruby red n’ juicy and sweet as mine- you probably only need about 7-8 of those little guys.  But you’ll have to be the judge!

I used regular muffin tins to make this recipe an entree but you are welcome to use mini muffin tins if you’d like to create bite sized appetizers as they’d be awfully cute for a summer BBQ, wouldn’t they?

There’s nothing better, folks, than the smell of savory quinoa bites baking in the oven.  Well, I take that back. The only better thing is actually eating these bites.

Obviously.

Perfect for Memorial Day Cookouts.

Just don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen.

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Crispy Quinoa Bites
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 24
 
Gluten-Free and Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ cup uncooked black rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Vidalia onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dairy-free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 chives, finely chopped, for garnish
  • 2 cups of homemade tomato sauce, for serving
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa and rice according to package directions. Prepare muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa and rice with remaining ingredients, except chives and pasta sauce; mix well to combine.
  4. Transfer quinoa and rice mixture to prepared muffin pan. Using a tablespoon, fill each muffin cup to the top, then using a spatula, press down on the mixture to create a flat surface.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Using a teaspoon, gently remove rice and quinoa snacks from the muffin cups.
  6. Transfer to a serving platter; serve with a sprinkle of fresh chives and a side of tomato sauce for dipping.

 

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Lisa May 21, 2012 at 6:25 am

These sound fabulous but they are NOT vegan. Eggs are listed as the third ingredient. Any idea for a vegan adjustment to this recipe?

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Lisa; great to hear from you. This recipe is vegetarian not vegan due to the use of eggs but I have received many requests to make it vegan for clients and readers. I would use 1/4 cup soy milk mixed with 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water. Hope this helps; let me know how they turn out and thank you again for your comment!

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Kathy December 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Hi Lisa, I cook for a vegan “in my House” all the time…I use “ENER G’s” Egg Replacer (it’s a potato startch) in all recipes calling for eggs. It’s become a staple in my house… ENJOY..

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Rose May 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

These do look YUMMY … however, with the eggs, they are not vegan as you have the recipe labeled.

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thanks Rose! I would use 1/4 cup soy milk mixed with 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water. Hope this helps; let me know how they turn out when you bake them in their vegan version and have a fabulous day!

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Alison May 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

Amie!! I’ve been looking for alternatives to pb & j for my veggie daughter’s lunch. These are PERFECT….and not just for her lunch either. I cannot wait to make these. Thanks for another great recipe! <3

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

SO great to hear Alison; thank you and I hope you enjoy them. They are so cute and bite sized; such a perfect snack or meal option with veggies! Thanks again and enjoy your afternoon.

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Elizabeth May 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi – this isn’t vegan, it has eggs in it. What do you use for the vegan sub?

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Elizabeth; you are correct as this recipe is vegetarian and not vegan due to the use of eggs but I have received many requests to make it vegan for my clients who are either allergic to eggs or are vegan. I would develop the recipe using 1/4 cup soy milk mixed with 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water instead of the egg. Have a great day and thank you again for your comment!

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ea-the spicy rd May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Love this idea, and I think my kids would love it too! I have become a big fan of black rice. Mmm…DEfinitely can’t wait to try this!

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Thank you so much; they’re so fun to eat and I hope the kids love ‘em!

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Alyssa @ Queen of Quinoa May 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Amie – this look and sound utterly delightful! As you can imagine, anything with quinoa brings a smile to my face and I can’t wait to make them. I’m happy to hear your clients are loving quinoa as well. It’s my favorite food on the planet!

Keep ‘em coming! I can’t get enough :)

xo Alyssa

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thank you Alyssa; So great to hear from you darling!!! I’m a huge fan of your Quinoa Queen deliciousness so I hope you enjoy this lil’ quinoa recipe too! Have a great day. ooxox Enjoy…

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Beverly Milley May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

AMIIE,

THIS SOUNDS DELICIOUS I MAKE QUINOA ON A REGULAR BASIS BUT SOMETIMES RUN OUT OF IDEAS. CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THESE, THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN

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Amie May 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Beverly; they are amazing. Hope you enjoy every bite!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

these look delicious and they’re such a cute little shape :)

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

Thanks Averie; enjoy darling! Xox

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Mikelle @ Zen Thyroid May 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Amie~ These look AMAZING! So creative and the photos are fantastic. I will definitely be trying these soon…definitely need to find some cute little muffin pans. It is wonderful finding new ways to prepare quinoa. Thanks!

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks Mikell! Hope you enjoy them. Have a great day!

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Lauren May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love finding new ways to use ingredients. This is brilliant!

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thank you Lauren; enjoy and let me know what you think!!

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devon @ the food bitch blog May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I *must* be doing quinoa wrong because I haven’t fallen in love with it yet. I’ll have to give this a try!

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You’ve gotta try it Devon; give it a shot and let me know your thoughts.
Enjoy!!

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Jen May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

These look great! Like little muffins :)

I recently found Coconut milk yogurt here (after reading so much about non-dairy types) – but I was surprised at all the ingredients listed on it :( I’ll stick to the plain stuff with 2 ingredients!

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks Jen; I agree as I like regular Greek yogurt!

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Lori May 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Is it really necessary to really obsess over ingredients though? I use cow’s yogurt, but I don’t really analyze ingredients to an extreme degree.

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thanks Lori; if it makes you feel good and doesn’t bother your stomach then go for it! I too like Greek plain yogurt from cow’s milk as that is the only dairy I can digest. My clients enjoy the dairy-free cheeses and yogurts but I don’t obsess over them if they don’t bother you. Enjoy!

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Jen May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I don’t either – Jill. You should really not read into things people say so much…

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Lori May 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Jill? Is my screen reading things wrong.
I’m reading “Anie” and “Lori”. Weird.

Thanks Amie.

Val @ Tips on Healthy Living May 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

These are adorable — and also a great way to use leftover quinoa. Was the black rice for visual purposes or could you use brown rice too?

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks Val; hope you enjoy them. I used black rice because it’s what I had on hand but brown rice would be great, as well! Enjoy darling.

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Beverly Milley May 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

AMIE

I AM READY TO MAKE THESE NOW I AM USING MULTI COLOR QUINOA AND WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW THEY TURN OUT. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN

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Amie May 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Beverly; enjoy!

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Beverly Milley May 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

AMIE,

WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I MADE THE QUINOA BITES, THEY ARE THE BEST I ALSO MADE A TOMATO SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOS AND BASIL FOR THE DIPPING I PLAN ON MAKING THESE OVER THE MEMORIAL WEEKEND AND BRING THEM TO OUR SWIM CLUB FOR OUR PARTY. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SHARING ALL YOUR IDEAS WITH US I ENJOY ALL THE BLOGS.

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Amie May 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks so much Beverly; hope everyone enjoys them. Enjoy your holiday weekend darling!!

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Kristen May 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

What a great idea. Love Quinoa. Can’t wait to try this!

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Amie May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thanks so much Kristen; great to hear from you! Hope you enjoy them. Have a lovely afternoon!

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Hanna Robinson May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

These look friggin’ delicious! Can’t wait to make. Thank you!

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Amie May 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Hanna; hope you enjoy them. Have a fabulous weekend darling! Excited to see you next week. xoxo

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Helene May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

These look great & I’m planning to make them this weekend. When I make quinoa, I usually make several cups at once, and use the leftovers for different things. Does 1/2 cup uncooked = 1 cup cooked?

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Amie May 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Helene; 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa should make about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of cooked quinoa. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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CA May 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I made this for a family get together this weekend. Substituted four ounces of pear sauce for the two eggs as the vegan substitute. Instead of the tomatoes, put in fresh chopped blackberries. In addition to the quinoa and black rice, added in wheat berries. Finally, baked the dish in a low ceramic flan / quiche type dish. Turned out wonderful. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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Amie May 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

That sounds amazing; SO happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Gabi June 2, 2012 at 7:42 am

I served these to my guests last weekend and they all loved it. Great recipe. I might try it with quinoa only next time. Thanks for sharing!

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Amie June 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

So happy to hear Gabi; thank you! Have an enjoyable Saturday night and thank you again for your comment!!

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GK June 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hi Amie, I am just about to make these! Thanks for sharing!
I am wondering if these can be put in the freezer? If not, how long will they last in the fridge? (I am thinking of making a batch and taking one to work throughout the week)

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Amie June 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thanks so much Gosia; hope you enjoy them. I don’t think they’ll taste as good if frozen, however I would suggest keeping them in the fridge for 1-2 days as they may start to get soggy after that depending on your fridge. You can wait to stuff the mushrooms and keep the rice mixture separate for a few days until you are ready to eat the mushrooms and then stuff them.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Lisa June 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

These sound amazing and I can’t wait to try! Thanks for awesome g-free recipes and ideas.

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Amie June 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thank you Lisa; hope you enjoy them. I greatly appreciate your kind words and hope to hear from you again soon! xo

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luv what you do June 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Those look incredible. I love using quinoa as the star of my dinners, but I only know a few recipes. I will definitely give this one a try!

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Amie June 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Thanks so much Jennifer; hope you enjoy these!

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Mia June 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I just made these for dinner and my three year old and I love them! So good!

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Amie June 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

So happy to hear Mia; sending you a big hug! Have a great Sunday evening. xox

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Sunrise1234 July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

Excellent savoury. Delicious. Easy to make.

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Amie July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it. It’s perfect for summer and delish!

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Danielle July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hi Amie, Any suggestions for removing the cheese? Does it act as a binder in the recipe or just for flavor? For flavor, I might be able to use tofu based ricotta (which is amazing) but not sure if it will bind as well. Thoughts?

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Amie July 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Danielle; I would try a vegan (tofu based ricotta) or you could try a vegan cream cheese- that could work well too. Also, a silken tofu may do the job! Let me know what works for you and hope you enjoy them.
Have a wonderful day!

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Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) July 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

I love these little pick-me-up muffins – easy and portable. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

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Amie July 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Thank you so much Ellen; so great to hear from you. Hope you enjoy them. Have a fabulous day!!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

I just found this on Pinterest, and can’t wait to make it! It might be lunch today! Thanks

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Amie August 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Awe; thanks so much Erin. SO great to hear from you and I hope you enjoy these fun lil’ bites! Have a great weekend!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

These look amazing. Do you have a recipe for the homemade tomato sauce?

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Amie October 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thanks Kate; hope you enjoy it! I usually take Pomi (boxed tomato sauce) which the only ingredients are “tomatoes” and no added salt or anything. I mix them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs de provence and a bit of fresh basil for a homemade tomato sauce. Hope that helps; have a great night!

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Annie January 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I am making these for dinner tomorrow – it says serving size 24 – does that mean you used two muffin pans? Thanks!

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Amie January 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Annie! I used 2 muffin pans. Enjoy!

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Keliann January 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

Sooooooo yummy!!!!!!

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Amie January 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Keliann! Enjoy!

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vicki January 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Where can I find black rice…???

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Amie January 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Veronica February 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

Okay, so I’m late to this game…but the wonders of search bars led me to this deliciousness. Can’t figure out why they didn’t come out nice and muffin shaped in my big muffin tin, but they did in my mini tin (maybe I should have baked longer? I think I did 25 mins).
Either way – this is an amazing recipe. It would have been fine just as a casserole in a square pan. Thank you for sharing!

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Amie February 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Veronica; glad you enjoyed it! You could have left it to bake longer; that may have been the reason but so glad that you enjoyed them!!

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Sheri Whitethorn March 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm

The directions aren’t quite clear about how many muffin tins to prepare and put these in; does this really serve 24 as it states at the top of the recipe? Thanks!

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Amie March 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

24 muffins is 2 tins if they are 12 muffins each or 4 tins if they are 6 muffins each. Thanks Sheri!

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Shannon March 17, 2013 at 3:24 am

could i use brown rice or perhaps wheat berries in place of the black rice? i have never tried black rice and I don’t have it, so would it work if I sub something else?

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Amie March 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

Yes of course you can use it. Try brown rice – that works! Have a great day. Enjoy!

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Donna Brown April 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

These look yummy but I have not seen black rice. It is the same as wild rice? Could I use brown rice? I anxious to try them.

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Amie April 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Donna; yes you can certainly use brown rice or wild rice in place of the black rice. Enjoy!!

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Janet April 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

Yummmm. Would these freeze well.

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Shana April 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I made these for dinner last night and they were fantastic! I served them as the main course, with roasted brussel sprouts and marinara. My kids asked for seconds. My husband took them for lunch today and said they were the best left overs he has ever had! Thank you for a great recipe!

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Amie April 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

That is so great to hear Shana; wahooo!!!!!!!!! Enjoy darling; have a great day and thanks so much for taking the time to comment! xox

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Ramon April 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Absolutely fabulous recipe, Amie; well done! I didn’t have black rice in the pantry, so I used wild rice. Got raves from the family!

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Amie April 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Thanks so much Ramon!!!

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Aleisha May 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

I might be blind but where is the nutritional facts for it? Looking specifically for fat, carbs, fibre and protein. Thanks

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Amie May 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Aleisha,
I don’t have the nutritional facts for this recipe. I didn’t start doing nutritional information until this Fall. You can plug in the information online and get the nutrition facts. Thanks and enjoy!

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Shelley May 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Sounds great, but my question is for you think I could make it in a baking pan? Either metal or Pyrex I mean. TIA, Shelley

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Amie May 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

Shelbey,
I never tried making it in a baking pan but I’m sure you could try it! Enjoy and have a great day!

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Shelley May 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’m going to try making it in a pan, I’ll let you know how it turns out. Here’s hoping!
Thanks for the idea!
Shelley

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Amie May 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

Anytime; enjoy Shelley!!

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Erica July 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I just made these today and they are delicious! I made some substitutions/additions to suit my likes, but that’s what’s great about this recipe.
I didn’t use any rice, but did add zucchini, red pepper and cayenne pepper instead of chili.

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Amie July 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Thanks Erica; so glad you enjoyed them!

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Jessica August 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Just made these and they are fabulous! The only problem I had is they fell apart taking them out of the tins? Should I add another egg next time or let them cool longer?

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Amie August 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Jessica; you can try 2 eggs or use more baking spray perhaps before you add them to the muffin tins! Letting them cool longer is a great idea, as well.

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Krystal September 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

I am going on a bike ride with a group of people and I have been trying to find a light and healthy side dish. I am going to try this dish. It is for college kids so wish me luck!!!

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Leah Eve October 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I made this recipe tonight! I used non-vegan cheese instead, and also made 12 larger ‘muffins’ as that was the size of pan I had. They turned out FANTASTIC! I am a vegetarian student, on a tight budget (both time and money) and this was really a great meal to make.
Thank you so much for sharing, so glad I stumbled across your blog while googling “baking with quinoa”
-L

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Amie October 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Leah! Have a great night! Xxo

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Chris December 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I’ve compiled a recipe round-up of Healthy Party Finger Foods on my blog today and I’ve included your recipe! Come and take a look! http://www.inspiralcoaching.com/2013/12/healthy-party-food-recipe-round-up.html. Thanks for a sharing great recipe – it was delish!

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Amie December 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

Thank you so much Chris; love your round-up!!!

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amy g. January 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

How did you get 24 muffin even partially filled?? Did you double the recipe? I didn’t even get 12 filled to the top before pressing down. Mine are in the oven now and I can’t wait to take the first bite!

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Amie January 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Could have been mini muffin tins; no worries…enjoy Amy!

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Teresa February 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

This look amazing. Can they be frozen to eat at a later date? Also should they be served warm or cold. Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for posting.

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Amie February 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Yes you can freeze them; serve warm. Enjoy!!!

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Amie May 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Anytime Lori; have a fabulous holiday weekend!!

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Beverly Milley June 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

AMIE,

SINCE YOU POSTED THIS RECEIPE I HAVE MADE THE BITES 4 TIMES AND EACH TIME EVERYONE LOVES THEM AND ASKS FOR MORE. THEY ARE SO GOOD EVEN THE NEXT DAY THEY ARE BETTER I TOOK THEM TO A POOL PARTY AND THEY WERE A GREAT HIT. NOW I HAVE SOMETHING EASY TO MAKE AND TAKE TO SOMEONE’S HOME AND I KNOW I CAN EAT GLUTEN FREE AND BE SAFE. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

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Amie June 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Awe; you are so thoughtful! Thank you Beverly; hope you are having a great weekend, darling! Enjoy and once again fabulous to hear from you! xoxo

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