Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox. 

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites packed with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, eggs, and cheese and full of nutrients from a colorful array of vegetables! Perfect for the school lunchbox or an afternoon snack. Gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. @jlevinsonrd

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This time of year is especially crazy with the summer winding down and getting the kids ready for school, as I’m sure many of you can relate. So I’ll admit, I completely lost track of the date and forgot about this month’s Recipe ReDux until yesterday afternoon. I was ready to forego it altogether, but I couldn’t miss this month’s theme, especially when I talk so much about what and how to feed children.

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites packed with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, eggs, and cheese and full of nutrients from a colorful array of vegetables! Perfect for the school lunchbox or an afternoon snack. Gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. @jlevinsonrd

I was racking my brain for ideas of what to make. My last attempt at making granola bars didn’t lead to a winning result, and I know a lot of bloggers have been making protein balls and healthier cookie dough bites, but I didn’t have any novel ideas in that realm. I decided to switch gears and go the savory route, first thinking I could make mini egg muffins like ones I have in my cookbook, but then I thought about what was in my fridge that I could use for a last minute recipe development. And that’s how these Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites were born.

When I placed them in the oven, I was skeptical about how they would come out, but in the end I (and my husband) was pleasantly surprised with the result. Great for the kids’ school lunchbox, your brown bag, or a savory snack at home, make a batch or two of these bites and refrigerate or freeze them for future meals the whole family will enjoy!

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Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, eggs, and cheese and full of nutrients from a colorful array of vegetables! Store them in an airtight container or freeze for a quick lunch or snack.
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Recipe Type: Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Kid-Friendly
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup no-salt added chickpeas (if using low-sodium or salt-containing beans, drain and rinse prior to using)
  • ½ cup frozen sweet peas
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced yellow peppers
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used a mix of mozzarella and cheddar)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients from quinoa through the garlic.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg whites. Pour over quinoa mixture, add the cheese and salt, and stir well to combine.
  4. Fill each cup of a mini muffin tin (24 count) with about 1-1½ tablespoons of quinoa vegetable mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Then transfer quinoa bites to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
DV: 15% calcium, 20% vitamin A, and 35% vitamin C per serving
Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 4 bites Calories: 160 Fat: 6 g Sat Fat: 3.5 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 219 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 9 g Cholesterol: 15 mg

While we’re on the topic of packed lunches, let me tell you about this cool bento-style lunchbox for kids (don’t tell..I’m going to use it too!). A few months back I received a Yumbox from the creators Maia and Daniela, but I honestly haven’t had a chance to use it since my girls aren’t bringing lunch to school yet. So this was my first chance to give it a try and I have to say the Bites were the perfect fit!

The original Yumbox (seen in first picture above and below) is divided into 6 compartments, with labels for protein, grains, dairy, vegetables, and fruit, plus a little dip well. I used two of the compartments to house my Bites since they were a combo of protein, grain, and dairy, another compartment for cucumber spears with low-fat plain yogurt for dipping in the well, and the last two compartments contained a cut up plum. I was actually the one eating lunch out of it today and boy was it fun!

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites packed with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, eggs, and cheese and full of nutrients from a colorful array of vegetables! Perfect for the school lunchbox or an afternoon snack. Gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. @jlevinsonrd

What’s your favorite small bite to add to the lunch box?

Find out what my fellow ReDuxers came up with below!

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Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites | Your kids will love taking these Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites for school lunch. Packed with protein from quinoa, chickpeas, eggs, and cheese and full of nutrients from a colorful array of vegetables, they're perfect for the lunchbox or an afternoon snack. Plus they're gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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32 Responses to Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}


  1. This sounds like a great snack or lunch to go!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you!

  2. these savory protein muffins are a delicious welcomed addition to all of these sweet, nut-buttered balls we’ve round up! 😉

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Gretchen! Can’t wait to meet you in person soon!

  3. Erin Weber says:

    These look delicious! I love making things like this to have on hand for the week. I will definitely be adding this to Sunday meal prep for next week!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Erin!

  4. They’re adorable and look delish! I’d like to pack a few in my lunch box as a welcome change to my everyday salad. Love that they’re protein and veggie packed and easily freezeable.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Jenny! Can’t disagree with anything you said 😉

  5. These sound like a great snack, Jessica!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Cindy!

  6. So creative and love the versatility of using with any kind of veggies you have on hand.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Deanna!

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  15. sona says:

    I don’t eat egg. What can i use instead of egg?

    • Jessica says:

      I haven’t tried it, but you can make a flax egg by combining 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water. Hope it works!

  16. How fun! I love little quinoa bites made in the muffin tin. I also love that YumBox. That’s one lunch box I haven’t tried yet but I will have to–everyone raves about it!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sally! They really are fun and the kids love them! Hope you try the YumBox soon – I love it for myself too!

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