These bites are great for an easy meal, nice cold for lunchboxes or work lunches, and very versatile.
Have a vegetarian friend or relative and not sure what to cook for them?
Cook these up and serve them with vegetables or salad.
I didn't precook the broccoli as it cooked quite fast in the oven but some other vegetables might need to be precooked.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (plus time to cook quinoa and sweet potato)
Makes: 12 muffin size portions
Ingredients 400g sweet potato
3/4 cups uncooked quinoa (I used white but you could use any variety)
1 cup broccoli cut up small
1tsp vegetable stock powder
1 1/2 cups grated cheese (or more if you want it extra cheesy - less if you want to be healthier)
1 tsp paprika (optional)
1/4 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Boil sweet potato (in microwave or on stove top) and mash. Set aside to cool.
Cook quinoa on stove top according to directions.
Tip: cooking it with vegetable stock powder in the water gives it a nice taste and means you don't really need to add salt to the mixture when combining all ingredients.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Grease 12 hole muffin tip with cooking spray - as you can see I have a square muffin tin, but round is more common and will work just as well.
Fill tray with mixture. This can be firmly pressed into the holes as the bites aren't going to rise like cake mix so there's no need to leave space.
Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the bites have started to crisp on the top.
Remove from oven and allow to stand in tray for 5 minutes.
Carefully remove bites with spoon and place on plate to cool.
These are really versatile. Use sweet potato or something similar as a base to hold the ingredients together, add quinoa, brown rice or anything to give the bites a bit more texture and then add your favourite vegetables.
Use leftovers, experiment with different ingredients and enjoy.