Sunday, December 15, 2013

Southwestern Quinoa Bites

I am back and ready to rumble!

 Halloween 2013 Where's Waldo!

So many things have occurred over the past few months that I cannot wait to talk about! First off I teamed up with Beachbody and became a Health and Fitness Coach with them. I want to help others become the best and healthiest beings that they can possibly be. This has always been a passion of mine! I also started T25 upon joining as well as creating virtual challenge groups via Facebook to keep others as well as myself accountable! I am always looking to assist others so just let me know if this interests you!

Ryder has been getting so big as well! I cannot believe he is about a year and a half already!

Cannot believe my nephew is getting so old!

Now on to the meat and potatoes of this post: Southwestern Quinoa Bites.

These little gems are perfect to bring as an appetizer to a party or just to snack on throughout the week! This recipe was inspired by So Very Blessed.

Southwestern Quinoa Bites 
1/2 cup raw quinoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup water
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles, drained
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
6 Tbsp liquid egg whites (or 2 large eggs)
1/2 cup reduced fat fiesta blend shredded cheese
2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder

-Preheat oven to 350F.
-Rinse quinoa and add to pot with water and salt.
-Bring pot to a boil then cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes.
-Once quinoa is cooked, combine all ingredients together and mix well.
-Place about a tablespoon of mixture into greased mini muffin tins until it is even with the top.
-Press down gently so they combine well.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
-Let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from tin.
-Enjoy with salsa!

These little gems clock in around 120 calories per 5 bites! Talk about a nutritious little treat and not to mention extremely packed with protein!

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