Thank you pinterest for this recipe find which also lead to a new blog — Iowa Girl Eats! Not sure how we haven’t stumbled upon Kristin’s blog or her on twitter yet, but glad we finally did! Not only is she giving her readers tasty recipes to try but she’s also a runner – like us!
Recently I was on the search for some sort of mini quiche, mini frittata, or something of that nature for a baby shower and I stumbled upon the mini ham & cheese quinoa cups. I gave them a test run the week of the shower, thought they were fabulous and was ready to count them as a part of my contribution to the shower food!
This recipe makes 28 mini cups and calls for –
2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
2 egg whites
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced
salt & pepper to taste
To get started preheat that oven to 350 degrees and get going on cooking and chopping up the ingredients! Follow the instructions on the box of your quinoa to cook it correctly.
Combine ALL of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix it all up!
Grab your mini muffin pans and spray them with a non-stick spray and don’t just lightly spray make sure you really cover the pans with the non-stick spray. Begin spooning out the mixture into each muffin pan.
The recipe calls for cooking them about 15-20 minutes, but I either have always had the slowest cooking oven in the world or….well, I don’t know what. I definitely left them in the oven for more like 25-30 minutes, so just make sure to watch the sides and when they start to turn a golden brown you are safe to take them out of the oven. Give them about 5 minutes to cool then remove the quinoa cups from the muffin pan.
There you go! Cute little delicious Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups. Next I’ll have to get brave and experiment with different ingredients!
Should also add that these mini cups reheat well. If you were to make them for say a baby shower or something similar like I did the mix does well if you make it the night before, refrigerate and cook them the next day. Or you could simply make about half the recipe, save the rest of the mix and make it the next day.
Are you a big quinoa fan? What’s your favorite recipe involving quinoa?