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Parmesan Quinoa Bites

A Healthy Appetizer


So I am always looking for a delicious yet healthy appetizer to serve when I am hosting a get together.  The other night I made these and everyone loved them!

Of course all of my guest asked me, “what are in these?”  and with a smile and knowing a mountain of questions were about to blossom, I said “Quinoa”.  The replies, “Quinoa ?  What is that??”

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So I danced at the opportunity to educate my guest on this wonderful grain free (yes, quinoa is not a grain, but a seed) ingredient.

So Just How Do You Pronounce Quinoa?


I have noticed that people want to try new things, they just don’t know how to cook them, or in this case even pronounce the ingredient. The correct pronunciation is “KEEN-wah”.

See video below to hear the correct pronunciation!

A Delicious Quinoa Recipe


So what are you waiting for.  Head on out and get yourself some delicious quinoa and try this wonderful new recipe: parmesan quinoa bites that everyone will enjoy!

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Parmesan Quinoa Bites, Holistic Recipe
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Nutrition Info: Calories: 198.1 Fat: 9.5g Carbohydrates: 18.0g Protein: 10.7g
Serves: 20 pieces
  • 1½ cup cooked quinoa(1/2 cup uncooked will make 1½ cups cooked)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 green onion stalk, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup shredded raw parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • ¼ tsp unrefined seasoning salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp organic olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil.
  4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon into each mini muffin spot.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5 pieces

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33 thoughts on “Parmesan Quinoa Bites, Holistic Recipe”

  1. Tina Walker McCullom says:

    Love quinoa thanks Halle

  2. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    Love the idea of using the mini muffin pan!

  3. Stuart Pierce says:

    That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jan Martin Whitlinger says:

    Sounds yummy! I happen to adore cilantro, but for people who don’t (and there seem to be alot!) I’m assuming one could substitute another flavorful herb?

  5. Tina Walker McCullom says:

    Bet they would be good with basil…basil parm & garlic = beginnings of pesto yum

  6. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    yes, certainly you could sub the cilantro out Jan. I also thought it would be great with little pieces of broccoli instead of the cilantro and change cheese out for cheddar. You get the idea :) Lots of room to play around here!

  7. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    Could even go a little sweet with apple, cinnamon, raisins or bacon & brie. : )

  8. Jan Martin Whitlinger says:

    Yummy, Rhonda! Speaking of: has anyone ever found raw-milk brie cheese?

  9. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    Jan, I do the best I can on brie. Haven’t found raw, organic maybe once….I get “hormone free”.

  10. Susan Bearance says:

    look delish, but why are these more carb than protein? I thought quinoa and almonds were protein?

  11. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    they are higher in protein yes, but look at your box of quinoa, it still has higher carbs then protein.

  12. MichelleHughes says:

    You should probably be getting a lot of attention here soon. I justed pinned these and within 15 minutes I already had 15 repins. You are officially on pinterest!! Congrats and by the way they were yummy. I even made pizza bites for my son. Thanks!

    1. hallecottis says:

      @MichelleHughes Thank you so much Michelle :)

  13. binspiredmama says:

    These look so yummy!  Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  14. apriljharris says:

    It’s lovely when an appetizer is healthy as well as delicious. Your parmesan quinoa bites look and sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. 

  15. MoneywiseMoms says:

    These look great, and I think my kids would like them because they like all the individual components.

    1. hallecottis says:

       @MoneywiseMoms My girls love them and yes you are right…perfect finger foods for kids!

  16. I love the idea of using Quinoa for these cakes – I have a huge package from Costco and was getting a bit tired of Quinoa salads. Thanks for sharing, this is going on my GF Goodies Pinterest board!

    1. hallecottis says:

       @thegonzogourmet Your welcome….you know you got me thinking about “cakes”…You know we could also make a yummy quinoa cake similar to crab cakes that would taste delicious!  Hmmm, might have to be my next recipe :)

  17. EczemaCompany says:

    Hi – I’m confused. You listed these as diary free on the Wed Allergy hop, but they have cheese.

    1. hallecottis says:

       @EczemaCompany I know, I am so sorry :(  Once posted on the hop, I realized that they weren’t dairy free, so sorry.  You could easily make these without the cheese though and they would still taste great! 

  18. LorrieRoss says:

    This recipe looks great. Does it stay together? I would like to make it for an Appetizer party so it may be sitting a bit.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @LorrieRoss They stay together great and if they get a bit cold (from sitting to long) they still taste great! :)

  19. Dania Reed Welch says:

    Could these be frozen and reheated in the toaster over?

  20. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    yep sure can

  21. Cristian Vega says:

    Can you tell me if these are gluten free? If not is there a way to make them gluten free? Thank you

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      yes they are gluten free.

  22. Carolina Barrera says:

    These look so delicious, I cannot wait to make them. Is the nutritional information for the overall recipe or for each individual appetizer? Thank you.

  23. Cheryl says:

    Is this supposed to be boiled? Mix in a medium boil? Just wondering what this means – boil or bowl? Do you cook it first?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Bowl, thanks for the catch, will make the change.

      1. Halle Cottis says:

        Yes you cook it first.

  24. Cali Lynne says:

    These are going to be my new gluten-free, healthy alternative to quiche. Thank you. I cannot wait to make these!

  25. Nancy says:

    Love these!! Didnt have flour – gluten so I substituted puréed black beans. Yum!!

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