Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Muffins

These little broccoli bites are not only easy to make DSC04512and delicious, they are also incredibly healthy.  Since quinoa is technically a seed, it is protein rich and nutrient dense. A healthy alternative to grain, quinoa does have some grain-like qualities (quinoa is high in carbohydrates), and thus is not technically acceptable for those on a strict paleo diet, but this combination of protein, nutrients, and complex carbohydrates is great for an on-the-go snack, and will keep the eater feeling satisfied for hours.

DSC04497While I made these mid-day snacks on a long weekend, I was getting down with The Gray Album, by Danger Mouse. *Whistles. I just heard of this album, though I don’t know how it escaped me since its release in 2004.  The Grey Album is a mashup of two artists I hold dear to my heart: The Beatles and Jay Z.  Specifically, the album is a mash-up of the Beatles album commonly referred to as the White Album, and vocals from Jay Z’s Black Album. Get it?! So fun!

This recipe was adapted from a fun little video from Tip Hero: http://tiphero.com/broccoli-cheddar-quinoa-bites/

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quinoaDSC04501
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I use my own polypore broth for this recipe, though Vogue’s instant “VegeBase” is another favorite)
  • 2 cups diced broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, separated

Directions:

  • Combine vegetable broth and quinoa together in a large pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. DSC04504
  • Add diced broccoli florets, onion and garlic.
  • Beat eggs together in a separate container with all spices, and then add to rest of the mixture. DSC04503
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese until ingredients are well-mixed DSC04506
  • Scoop into muffin tins and fill approximately 4/5 of the way full. *Full-size and mini-muffins both turn out fine.
  • Sprinkle each muffin with additional cheddar cheese. DSC04508
  • Bake at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes. DSC04515

Enjoy for breakfast or a snack on-the-move,  or an easy addition for a packed lunch!

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