Butternut Squash & Quinoa Bites

 

Butternut Squash & Quinoa Bites
Yields 25
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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Ingredients
  1. 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  2. 1 cup quinoa
  3. ½ sweet red pepper
  4. 1 tbsp. chopped thyme leaves
  5. 1 tsp. coriander seeds, crushed
  6. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chickpea flour
  8. Juice of half a lemon
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C
  2. Either roast or steam the butternut squash until it is very soft.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the cooked butternut squash in a bowl and mash using a potato masher.
  5. Add the quinoa. chopped pepper and rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  6. 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'.
  7. 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.
Notes
  1. 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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