Mini Quinoa Frittatas

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Life is a little hectic right now. First there was the baking competition, which took up a good amount of my time. At the same time, I was looking for a new place to live and found a house to rent after a few weeks of searching around town. Which means the one thing many of us dread most: packing and moving. We are moving soon, and then leaving for vacation, so two different types of packing going on simultaneously. It’s a little crazy around here.

Right now it’s midnight and I spent the last 3 hours packing. I’m supposed to be at the gym in 6 hours for a bootcamp class. Am I going to make it? Probably not. Sorry, coach Tiffany! Moving burns a lot of calories, right? It’s sort of similar to bootcamp if you think about it – lots of squatting and strength training going on.

To help cover this busy summer, I have 6 of my favorite bloggers lined up to do a series of guests posts during the first two weeks of August. I challenged them all to share a certain type of recipe and I want to invite all of you to join in our challenge too – stay tuned for an announcement later this week!

For now, I’m surviving off quick, easy, healthy meals. Green smoothies and quinoa frittatas have been two staples for me recently. I made these mini frittatas for a potluck in June and made them again and again since then. I’m not a huge fan of the texture of quinoa, so I love how these frittatas sort of hide it. I also love how you can make them with whatever is in your fridge – dump in your leftover veggies, meats, and/or cheeses.

This is one of those recipes where you shouldn’t follow it precisely. Instead, use your favorite seasonal vegetables, whatever is growing in your garden, or whatever you have leftover from last night’s dinner. I’ve made these with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, bacon, sausage, cheddar cheese, Jarlsberg, green onion, and white onion (not all at once). You can also add garlic or more spices to flavor it more. My only note is that I really prefer them with cheese than without.

You can also make them in a mini muffin tin (just bake for a few less minutes) for cute bite-sized versions. I like making them in a regular muffin tin and bringing a few into work for lunch along with some fruit.

Recipe:

Mini Quinoa Frittatas

Adapted from So Very Blessed

Makes 10-12 muffin sized frittatas

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 eggs (I’ve also done this with 2 eggs + 2 egg whites)
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners (I used foil ones) or coat with non-stick spray.

Place quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until grain is slightly translucent and water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, zucchini, cheese and onion together. Add in cooked quinoa and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon frittata mixture into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup almost full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until fully cooked through.

12 Responses to “Mini Quinoa Frittatas”
  1. Ellen writes:

    I only learned about quinoa last year with baking an apple cupcake recipe. These little frittatas look so yummy! Great breakfast poppers and I love the combination of flavors. I so wish I could do a boot camp…Someday. :)

    Also, I’m passing on the Versatile Blogger award to you, my blogger friend! For being so darn inspiring to me and for making it okay to love root beer float cupcakes! Here’s the post that explains it to everyone, http://www.bakeitwithbooze.com/2012/07/versatile-blogger-award.html

    Stay cool this week!
    Ellen recently posted Versatile Blogger Award

  2. Stephanie writes:

    @Ellen – apple cupcakes with quinoa sounds interesting! Bootcamp isn’t bad – I joined Kaia Fit, a fitness group for women, and I love it. It’s a very supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace and level. They get me to work out for a full hour (never done that before) and it goes by so fast. I really recommend it!

    Thanks so much for the award! :)

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles writes:

    Yummy! I love this idea :)
    Heidi @ Food Doodles recently posted Slow Cooker Giveaway!

  4. Karis' Kitchen writes:

    I just made a frittata for the first time this past week after getting eggs with my CSA box. Looking forward to trying this recipe, as the summer squash is coming in strong right now.
    Karis’ Kitchen recently posted Cookies with Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

  5. Tammi Kibler | How Do You Cook Quinoa writes:

    These look so good. I hate to heat the oven during the summer, but I think these quinoa frittatas will be a hit in my house come autumn.
    Tammi Kibler | How Do You Cook Quinoa recently posted Add More Flavor to Quinoa Without a Ton of Extra Calories

  6. the wicked noodle writes:

    These sound so good, Steph! Your recipes always have such great twists to them.
    the wicked noodle recently posted baked strawberry oatmeal

  7. Julia Pratt writes:

    I made these for family on house moving day. They were a huge success. Gave the recipe to my daughter ini law, and she will do them for school lunch boxes. I’ll forward this link to her. Thanks for the healthy delicious recipe. First tiime I’ve used quinoa, and I’m now a convert.

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  9. Marcel writes:

    Awesome! Made this in a 9 inch cake non stick pan and added two slices of bacon cooked and chopped into it. This was so yummy! I will be making this again for sure!

    12 out of 10!

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