Delicious, savory, crustless quiche muffins made with spinach, cheese and quinoa.
HELLLLLOOOO FALL! IT’s here. She’s arrived!!!
I know, I’m a day late already, but I’m still celebrating! (I’ll miss you, Summer!!)
I do hate the cold and would love to live in an 80-degree weather year-round type of place, but since I don’t, I choose to make the most of these next few not-so-warm, bitter cold months.
And I’ll start making the most of it with these Quinoa Quiche Muffins with Spinach and Cheese.
You’ve probably already figured out that this is not a muffin-muffin. But, it is the most amazing crustless “muffin”, EVER! Or the most amazing crustless quiche, EVERRR! I even healthified it! Brownie points for me!!
Did someone say brownies?!? WHERE?
Sorry, I’m going off on a tangent now… let’s get back to the story. Or we can just chill around here and talk about Rocky Road Fudge Brownies…
Okay, okay, quinoa quiche it is…
Have I told you how I buy Quinoa in bulk? Yes, I do. Then I throw it into things that I make for my kids and they don’t have a clue! Once again, brownie points for Mama!
How else am I going to get these two little babes of mine to eat something other than pizza, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, or fries? And before you assume that I introduced them to those foods, allow me to tell you that I did not! It was their grandparents. “How am I going to be a great Baba if I don’t buy them McD’s?! Every Baba gets McD’s for their grandchildren!!”. <—Said their grandma, my Mama. How do you argue with that? She’s Baba – she’s allowed to spoil them. And I’m allowed to throw broccoli into their smoothies. Buahahahaha! And quinoa in their muffins!
I mean, these are exactly like a quiche, but in mini form… and with feta and cheddar cheese! And maybe it’s not that big of a deal, and maybe I have been living under a rock all this time and you already have a recipe like this, but since I don’t, and I didn’t up until two weeks ago when the light bulb in my head went “CLINK!”, I think these are a big deal. I also think that you should try them because they will change your mornings. Even your afternoons. Make them for the week, your belly will thank you.
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- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion , thinly sliced
- 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
- 4 large eggs , lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line a muffin tin with 6 liners and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- Combine water and quinoa in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; lower to a simmer, cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
- In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in spinach leaves and garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until spinach is wilted; about 2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, spinach mixture, cheeses and parsley.
- Make sure the quinoa mixture is not warm; if it is, give it a few minutes to cool.
- Pour in the beaten eggs and mix until well combined.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool on rack.
Serve with a side of plain yogurt.
WW SmartPoints: 8
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