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April 16, 2012

Mini Quinoa Bites {Virtual Baby Shower!}

If you've been reading my blog for at least a little while, then you know that I have a few favorite food blogs that I read and that I get most of my inspiration from.  So I about jumped out of my skin with excitement when Erin from Texanerin Baking asked me if I wanted to participate in a Virtual Baby Shower for Caroline of Chocolate and Carrots.  Caroline is one of my very favorite food bloggers and biggest inspirations! 
Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto
I am honored to be apart of her baby shower today.  I only wish we could all be in the same place to celebrate our blogging friendships and the upcoming birth of her little one!  Plus, I wish I could eat all of these amazing recipes from such an awesome group of talented ladies!
Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto
Congratulations Caroline! I am so excited for you and your hubby and wish you all the best with a healthy happy baby in a few weeks!

Caroline's Baby Shower Menu
Drinks:
Healthy Food For Living - Carrot Cake Colada
Bran Appetit - Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Savory:
Baked Bree - Pancetta and Chive Quiche
Simply Whole Kitchen - Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto

Pastries:
Food Doodles - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs
Kevin & Amanda - Baby Cinnamon Buns

Desserts:
Baked by Rachel - Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes
Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce
Eat Good 4 Life - No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Fearless Homemaker - Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream
Itzy’s Kitchen - 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Keep It Sweet - Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache
Texanerin Baking - 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto
3 c cooked quinoa
3 tbsp chives, chopped
1/2 c carrots, diced
1 c zucchini, shredded
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp dried parsley
4 eggs
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 c whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
1/4 c olive oil

Prepare your quinoa to package directions and let it cool.  In a bowl combine the quinoa with the chives, carrots, zucchini and parmesan cheese. In a small bowl, whisk your eggs with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, parsley and dijon mustard.  Pour the egg mixture into the quinoa mixture and mix well.  Add the breadcrumbs 1/4 c at a time (you want the mixture to be slightly wet).

Preheat a large skillet on medium heat.  Add 2 tbsp of your olive oil.  Using a tbsp measuring spoon, scoop the quinoa mixture.  Then use damp fingers to flatten into a small cake.  Cook the mini cakes in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes per side or until browned.  Once cooked, drain on a paper towel.

Goat Cheese 'Pesto'
1 c of fresh basil
1/4 c of pecans
4 oz of goat cheese
1 tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until nuts and basil are chopped and all ingredients are combined.  Either spoon onto the top of the quinoa bites or put into a piping bag and squeeze onto the bites.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Caroline @ chocolate & carrots said...

Thank you so much Sara! You should see the soaked tissues next to me right now. I've been crying with happiness ever since I woke up due to all of your lovely and thoughtful posts. And these quinoa bites look incredible!!! My husband would go ga-ga over the goat cheese pesto. I'm pretty sure that we could just eat an entire bowl of just that. ;-)

I so wish we could gather together in person. I seriously need to try some of these. :) Thank you so much again! You are so so so sweet. -Caroline

April 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

You are SO welcome! It was a pleasure and an honor to participate! You are such an awesome 'chef' and photographer!

April 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

I love the personalized size of these!

April 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yes, it just makes it easier to eat more of them :) Thanks Rachel!

April 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Jenilane said...

These look delicious. I've never eaten quinoa.

April 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks! This is the perfect way to try it! A little nutty, but reminds me a lot of couscous, although even better because it is a 'super-food'!

April 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Texanerin said...

Nice pictures! And nice touch with the green. I never remember that kind of stuff! And I'm so happy you went with this and not a dessert. You know I love desserts, but this is even more interesting than dessert. And how cute that they're so tiny!

April 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

These look awesome! I've been meaning to make some kind of quinoa cakes or bites and these look perfect. I love the flavors in these :)

April 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

Perfect for a baby shower! The goat cheese pesto sounds so good! Great to connect with you through this shower!

April 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous amy @ fearless homemaker said...

oh yum! these sound delicious! i've been on a huge quinoa kick lately + will have to try these. great to be part of the shower with you!

April 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Erin! I was nervous but SO happy with how they turned out! Me too, we needed another savory :) Thanks again for including me! So much fun!

April 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Heidi! And they were a great way to sneak some extra veggies into our meal :)

April 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Cassie! I know, best part of this shower (well, of course besides the food and the celebration of Caroline) is making new foodie friends!

April 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Amy! Me too! Great to connect with you too!

April 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

These quinoa bites look delicious, and the goat cheese pesto?? Amazing!

April 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

You had me a goat cheese pesto!

April 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Lauren! I think the goat cheese pesto is my favorite part! I only put a small dollop on the ones for the photo but added a little more later :) It was delicious! Thanks for commenting!

April 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

:) I completely agree, it is the star of this recipe! Thanks for commenting!

April 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

I love this! I'm always discovering new fun uses for quinoa and this one definitely doesn't disappoint :)

April 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous brandi said...

these are adorable! i love quinoa and am always looking for new ways to use it.

April 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

What a great appetizer or side dish. I am always looking for new ways to use quinoa!

April 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

These look awesome! Can't wait to make them.

April 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Mira said...

These Look so good! I'm wondering how many you made from this recipe. I'm going to be cooking for 50... :)
Thanks!

May 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Mira! I hope I'm not too late in responding...this recipe made about 30 small cakes (1-2 tbsp in size) so I would double it if you think that each person will eat at least two (at least)?! I wouldn't worry about leftovers :)

May 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Dayle Guillory said...

I have never used Quinoa. Can you make these and freeze them ahead of time? Or do they need to be served right away?

June 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I loved it. I made a couple of small changes for anyone who is interested. I substituted ground flax seed for the eggs (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg) and I baked them in a greased mini muffin tin for about 20 minutes at 375. The outside crisped up nicely in the oven and I think it saved time because you can bake then all at once. They were good warm or served at room temp.

June 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Dayle! Yes, I think you can. And they are delicious "re-warmed" too. Of course we ate most of them right away but I thought they were perfect warmed in a toaster oven or microwave too! If you do make them in advance, I would keep the cakes and the goat cheese topping separate until you are ready to serve them.

And thanks for the comment!

June 26, 2012 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Awesome, I will have to try this! Thanks for trying them and for your suggestion!

June 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous SuzieQ said...

I want to make these ahead for a shower. I noticed in another comment that you think it is okay to freeze after cooking. For the pesto, I thought that I would use a bit more like you just commented. Is 1 recipe enough to do that?

August 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Suzie Q! Thanks for the comment! You may want to double the recipe if you will be adding more than a approx 1/2 tsp to each. I made extra because it is THAT good! Good luck with the shower and I hope you enjoy these! - Sara

August 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Baby Shower Gift said...

Great post! i will save into my favorites! Regards!

March 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Mishel Wilson said...

I've never tried Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto too so thank you for sharing your recipe. Everything on Caroline's menu also sounds delicious, and I'm already picking out some for our own baby shower party.

March 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM  

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