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Broccoli Parmesan Quinoa Bites

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Recipe by healthyetgourmande

These bites are the perfect finger food for any party. Filled with vegetables, a bit of vegan parmesan and a crunchy coating – your guests will ask for more!

For 16 to 20 bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Organic Red and White Quinoa Royal
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water)
  • ¼ cup diced red shallots (or red onion)
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup grated vegan Parmesan
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs or panko (gluten-free, vegan options available)
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • olive oil for brushing

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa following instructions on the package.
  2. Mix chia seeds and water in a small bowl, set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Sauté diced red shallots in a frying pan over medium heat with your choice of oil until softened and lightly brown, set aside to cool.
  4. Fill a medium saucepan with water, bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Cut broccoli in half or quarters and immerse in boiling water for 1 minute, remove using tongs, then rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process, set aside to drip dry, repeat with all the broccoli.
  6. Cut off the broccoli stems and place in a food processor, pulse a few times to get a grainy texture (do not over process), place in a large bowl.
  7. Repeat with broccoli florets, add to the large bowl.
  8. Place fresh parsley and fresh cilantro in a food processor, blend until stems are fully broken down, add to the large bowl.
  9. Add panko crumbs, grated Parmesan and sautéed red shallots to the large bowl.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Add in chia eggs and mix gently. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  12. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  13. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush the sheet with olive oil.
  14. Take 2 tbsp of the mixture using a spoon, place in your hand and curl your fingers around the mixture, compressing into a cylindrical shape. Move the mixture around and keep squeezing until you have a bite that won’t fall apart. Place on baking sheet. Repeat the process until no mixture is left.
  15. Bake for 15 minutes, take out of the oven, gently brush with olive oil and flip bites over. Bake for another 10 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  16. Serve with marinara sauce, ketchup, or any other dipping sauce you love.
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