Spinach + Quinoa Bites

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Unless you are Katy Perry, I beg of you, back away from the fireworks.

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I love the 4th of July just as much as the next guy, but my goodness, fireworks are the freakin’ worst. Like, we are in a drought here, people. The grass is dead. Please, light a match & just set it on your lawn. It’s safe, really.

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I’m sleeping, right? Minding my own business. When all of a sudden, the smell of burnt TNT comes wafting in my window. I jump up in a panic. My house is on fire, certainly. I’m going to die on the 4th of July. I’ve always thought I’d die on a holiday. Different blog post, I’m sorry.

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I don’t understand why it’s legal to just buy & set off fireworks. Is thereΒ even an age limit on this crap?? I’m 99% sure I saw a three year old blowing stuff up this weekend. How did we get here? How have we made all of these laws to try & keep us safe yet we overlooked EXPLOSIVES.

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Don’t worry – I’ll take care of this when I’m in office. Rachel/Topanga 2016.



Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 24 bites



  • 1 cup of quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup of spinach, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 4 oz. of goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Sauce of choice

How to:

  • Heat tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add uncooked quinoa + S+P + coat, just toasting slightly
  • Add vegetable broth, bring to simmer, cover + cook for 20 minutes or until quinoa is done + broth absorbed
  • Turn off heat, stir in spinach + some S+P
  • While quinoa mix cools, preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine panko + goat cheese + quinoa mix + egg + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Form into bites + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping once in the middle
  • Serve hot with your favie sauce, I liked a spicy mustard
  • See how many you can fit in mouth – my record is 6

12 thoughts on “Spinach + Quinoa Bites

  1. Linda says:

    The Spinach-Quinoa bites look yummy! We were at a party in which there were four dogs who were absolutely terrified and shaking all night after the fireworks in the neighborhood started 😦

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