I think quinoa bites are my new favorite snack. Easy to make, high in protein, and so versatile. I made some cheddar chipotle bites and then some sun-dried tomato & Parmesan.
My latest flavor is a ginger sesame. I wanted to try them with an Asian flavor combo and these ingredients are ones I always have on hand. You will notice that the ingredients are almost exactly the same as those I use for my Asian 4-1-1 dressing.
I also decided to bake them a bit differently because of a suggestion from a reader. It actually worked out great and there were less dishes to wash after. Always a bonus!
~ 2 cups cooked quinoa
2 egg yolks - I usually use whole eggs, but I wanted to also feed these to my 9 month old and it is not recommended to give egg whites to infants.
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp ginger
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. I have been cooking these in a mini muffin pan, put I decided to cook them on a cookie sheet to make clean up easier. On a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper. Spoon a heaping tablespoons worth of mixture on the sheet, almost like making cookies.
Bake for 25 minutes, until edges are brown.
Making enchiladas, although not difficult, is a process, and a messy one at that.
We have been getting a lot of kale lately in our weekly CSA bag, much to the dismay of #1. I sauteed it one week with garlic and olive oil, which turned out pretty good, but did not impress #1. My second attempt was baked kale chips. I love them! #1, not so much. Oh well, at least they will get eaten.
This is the perfect time for an Italian-style bite because of all the fresh herbs I have growing.
I first saw quinoa bites on, where else, Pinterest and decided to try it. I looked through my boards, but I don't see the original recipe that inspired me. How did I not pin it? Well if I come across it again I will include the link in this post.
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This post is a bit different than my usual. I guess it is just more of a rant, which I do not usually do. Nothing to share or learn except my opinion. But maybe it will amuse people.
I do not get red velvet cake.
Red Velvet cake, and other interpretations of it - brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, pancakes?, fudge, crepes, LATTE - can be found all over Pinterest and the interweb.
It's chocolate cake people! With an exorbitant amount of red food dye. Well, I think it is exorbitant. I am not a big fan of food dyes. I am not convinced they are completely safe. There are lots of articles out there why, but here is one I liked. (oh look, I managed to include nutrition info)
Now you can get natural food dyes, but the color is usually not as vibrant.
Since I am all about trying to make things from scratch, you can always make your own homemade food dye. Most commercial food dyes are petroleum based, I found this product to help you.
|Food Grade Hydraulic Oil|
For this rug, which is about 40 inches in diameter, I made approximately 150-175 pom poms. I actually did not do a final count, but there were a lot.