Buffalo Quinoa Bites

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I get great pleasure out of getting people in the Pacific Northwest to talk about their opinions of the south.

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I’m pretty sure everyone up here thinks the south is one giant state. Like, “Oh you’re from Tennessee, I have a friend in Georgia.” K that’s nice. It’s not all the same, people. Like, don’t equate me with Mississippi just because of geographical proximity.

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They also envision tornadoes happening daily & tumbleweeds blowing by as we take our horse & buggy to work. The Wizard of Oz has really ruined society.

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Everyone is so bummed when they realize I don’t have much of an accent. “Oh wow you don’t even sound like it….” Sorry to disappoint you but I have other good qualities, I swear!

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Like making fiery hot balls of decadence.


Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 12 bites


  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. of garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. of onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of buffalo sauce

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine cooled quinoa + breadcrumbs + cheese + egg + hot sauce + garlic salt + onion salt + red pepper + cilantro + S+P
  • Roll quinoa mixture into small, tight balls
  • Lay on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven +  add half of the buffalo sauce
  • Return to oven + bake another 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven + add the rest of buffalo sauce
  • Serve on a plate of greens + with some sort of dipping sauce if you CAN’T HANDLE THE HEAT
  • Just rub these all over your face until it melts off

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21 thoughts on “Buffalo Quinoa Bites

  1. tenncyn says:

    Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this recipe! I love anything with buffalo sauce. Also, your comments about the perception of the South … so true. That happens often with my extended family in Canada: “I heard there was a tornado in Alabama! Are you safe?” “I am… we didn’t get any here in Tennessee.” 😛


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