Crispy Quinoa Bites
Serves: 24
Gluten-Free and Vegetarian
  • ---Quinoa Bites
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ cup uncooked black rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Vidalia onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dairy-free, vegan 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
  • ---Sun Dried-Tomato Sauce
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, diced and seeded
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if needed for a thinner sauce
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted and finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Large pinch chili powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch ground paprika
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. For the Quinoa Bites:
  2. Cook quinoa and rice according to package directions. Prepare muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa and rice with remaining ingredients, except chives and pasta sauce; mix well to combine.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce (below). Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Using a teaspoon, gently remove rice and quinoa snacks from the muffin cups.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter; serve with a sprinkle of fresh chives and a side of tomato sauce for dipping.
  8. For the Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce:
  9. In a large pot over medium heat, combine all sauce ingredients and cook until all veggies are very tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Return to the pot, heat until warm throughout and serve with the warm quinoa bites.
Recipe by Eat Clean | Love Life Again at