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White Cheddar Quinoa Cups

Preparation Time: 30
minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: 3 cups

Recipe By: Laurie McNamara

From:  Simply Scratch

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White Cheddar Quinoa Cups

These cheesy quinoa cups pack a bit of smoky heat, thanks to the cumin, minced jalapeno and fresh red pepper. Serve as a bite-sized appetizer or a dunk-able side with your favorite chili recipe!

Ingredients
Quinoa
1/2 cup red quinoa (uncooked)
1 cup water
Quinoa Cups
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1/2  medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2  large jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2  green onions, minced (light and dark green parts)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2  eggs, beaten
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, grated and divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Directions
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a small pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork. Place into a bowl to cool.

Preheate oven to 350 degrees.

In a small sauté pan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of extra light olive oil. Once hot, add in the diced red bell pepper and minced jalapeno. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.

Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Remove from the heat and transfer sautéed peppers/garlic to a plate to cool.

In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the cooled quinoa, green onions, cilantro, cooled peppers and garlic, eggs and 3/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.

Add in the flour, salt, pepper and cumin. Mix until incorporated.

Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with baking spray. Spoon heaping tablespoons of the quinoa mixture into each muffin cup. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cool before removing from pan and serving.
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