Easy Quinoa Recipes – Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites

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Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites

If you are looking for a breakfast that is packed with protein, these ham and cheese quinoa bites might just be the way to go. The HH and I have been popping them in our mouths ever since I baked a batch yesterday afternoon.

This recipe makes about 45 bites when you use a mini muffin pan. If you have a large tribe to feed, you may want to double the batch, because I gobbled up 8 of them before I knew it.

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2 cups cooked quinoa {I cook quinoa in my rice cooker – 1 cup quinoa & 1 1/4 cup chicken broth}
3 eggs
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
1 tablespoon dried parsley
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/2 small onion, diced {about 1/4 cup}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil for the pans

misto sprayer


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Generously spray 2 mini muffin tins with olive oil { I use a Misto sprayer} and scoop 1 tablespoon into each cup. I like to use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for this step. Bake qunioa bites for 18 minutes, or until the edges of the quinoa bites are a nice golden brown. Cool for a few minutes, then remove from pan and eat!

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  1. These sound really good. I wonder if my kids will eat them… I think I need to go get some ham today :)

    • Made them for dinner tonight to have with salad and they are delicious! The kids did eat them, but I could tell they were doing it for the dessert after. DH and I, however, loved them! Definitely going to make these fairly regularly to have as breakfast, lunch, or snacks. Might make a double batch to have some extra to freeze. They’re kind of like a crust-less quiche.

  2. Do you think you could substitute rice or oatmeal for the quinoa ? I’d like to use what I have on hand.

  3. The print button under this is messed up – I don’t want your favorite flowers, I want this recipe – thx.

    • Hmm, it just worked for me. Maybe try clicking on the East Qunioa Title, let the page load and them print the recipe. :)

  4. Please clarify how much onion. Thanks.

  5. I LOVE little “bites” like these that you can graze on or take a few to work for a quick lunch or pick me up protein packed snack! Normally not a big fan of Quinoa (it’s a texture thing I think) but I’m going to give this a shot. Thanks Mavis.

  6. Staci Buie says:

    These are great! Hoping my kids will eat them for breakfast!

  7. These are AWESOME! I happened to have almost everything on hand so I thought I would give it a whirl. Made a few substitutions and tweaks (I didn’t have any zucchini and added a little more cheese) and they turned out yummy! Thanks for this…it is a definite keeper.

  8. Catherine Foster says:

    Could I do this without the cheese, ya think? (I don’t like cheese generally, but make an exception for mild, white cheese, like mozzarella.) Any suggestions for a substitute? Maybe more zucchini?

  9. Yum!! Just tried them tonight. Delish! I topped them with more onion, cilantro and sour cream and that was even more stupendous!! mmm!

  10. Made these tonight and liked them quite well. However, even with spray, I had a difficult time getting them out of the pan. Cute size but not very pretty. I wonder how they’d be baked in a baking dish and cut up in squares.

    Husband asked what I was making and told him Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites. “What’s the green stuff?” I told him zucchini. He said then why don’t you call them Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites with Zucchini? He said he doesn’t like these recipes where it seems like you’re trying to pull a fast one and include some healthy ingredient without anyone knowing. I told him I wasn’t trying to pull a fast one and that not all of the ingredients need to be included in the title. He said he likes things to be laid out up front and came up with this creative new name for these bites…Zuquinamcheggion!

  11. I don’t have any zucchini right now. I’m going to try shredding carrot and giving it a quick saute’ to soften it a bit before I add it to the other ingredients. These will be great for my husband in the mornings, if he likes them. :)

  12. I made these today and they are wonderful! Just a quick question – do they freeze well? It’s just two of us in the house and while we COULD eat them all, I’d prefer to set some aside for later!

  13. I realize its probably way to late but to answer the question about freezing them. Yes you can! I make Quinoa pizza bites in bulk for my boys lunches and they freeze well! Planning to do the same things with these…I’m hoping they are the same consistancy as the others I make (very Sticky) so that I can just roll them like meatballs and bake b/c I too had HUGE problems getting them out of hte cute mini muffin pan!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Hey Mavis! Can you use this recipe with full sized muffin cups? Add bake time? just wondering….not sure a bite will be enough!!! hahahaha!

  15. Do you know the nutrition info for these? Also I made them in regular muffin tins, baked for the same amount of time, and they turned out great!

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