Yes!! the spinach obsession continues lol. I have a little 1st birthday celebration to go to tomorrow with my mummy friends I made through a baby and mom group for my youngest. So whipped these up along with a few other things to take with us. The last time I made some quinoa balls the babies loved them, so I am hoping they will like these too.
Feta, Red Pepper and Spinach Quinoa Balls
Makes approx 15 balls
- 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 60g of feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 red onion, halved and sliced
- 1 handful of baby spinach, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 heaped tablespoons of cream cheese
- Olive oil
- black pepper
Preheat oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)
Place red pepper and onion in a oven proof dish, spray with some olive oil and roast in the oven until softened.
In the meantime, add your quinoa to a saucepan. Cover with 1 cup of boiling hot water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low covered. As soon as water is absorbed, turn off heat, but leave covered. The steam will continue to cook the quinoa, resulting in lovely fluffy quinoa grains.
Once red pepper and onion is cooked, using a knife chop into small pieces (or if you have a mini food processor, you can put it into that and just to a couple of quick chops with the chopping blade).
Add this to the quinoa along with the spinach, feta and cream cheese and using a wooden spoon thoroughly combine ingredients.
Season with some black pepper and allow to cool.
Once cooled add your beaten egg and bind all the ingredients together thoroughly. Roll into 15 equal size balls and place in a greased oven proof dish.
Using your spray bottle (I used a misto, but if you haven’t got one of these sprayers, you can just brush over the top with a little olive oil), spray over the top with some olive oil and then place in the oven and bake until golden.
Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and watch your little ones devour these yummy balls, that is of course if you don’t eat them all first. They do not last very long here.