Butternut Squash & Quinoa Bites
These wholesome and delicious butternut squash and quinoa bites are so easy to make. They are great for snacking and make a great alternative to greasy deep fried bhajis but you can also add them to wraps and salads or to a homemade tomato sauce as a great alternative to meatballs. Butternut squash is a great Autumnal veg that is a good insulin regulator and also has anti-inflammatory and is a good source of beta-carotene and fibre. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a great source of complete protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy this heart healthy, gluten free recipe that is full of flavour.
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- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 cup quinoa
- ½ sweet red pepper
- 1 tbsp. chopped thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. coriander seeds, crushed
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp. chickpea flour
- Juice of half a lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C
- Either roast or steam the butternut squash until it is very soft.
- Add the quinoa to a saucepan with 1½ pints of water. Bring to the boil then reduce to low heat, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked drain and set aside to allow as much water as possible to drain away.
- Place the cooked butternut squash in a bowl and mash using a potato masher.
- Add the quinoa. chopped pepper and rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Take about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls about the size of golf balls and place on a tray lined with baking parchment. This recipe will make about 25 to 30 'bites'.
- Once you've done this with all of the mixture, place the tray in the oven at 200°C and cook for 30 minutes, turning halfway through so you get even browning.
- Serve with salad, stuffed into a pitta bread with salad, in a wrap or in a homemade tomato sauce with some whole wheat or gluten free spaghetti.
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