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6 Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

My kids LOVE bite-sized foods. I mean, who doesn’t? We enjoy everything from bite-size no bake chocolate bites to one of our favorite recipes, spinach and bacon mini quiches. For some reason, it’s so much easier to get my kids to try new foods when they’re in small bites. Everything is better when it’s mini!

Another great thing about bite-sized foods is that they’re super easy to pack in a lunchbox. These Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites are yet another fun-sized food that my kids can’t get enough of! My kids love pizza, so I took all the familiar flavors and used them to introduce another healthy food into my kids’ diet: quinoa! It’s a gluten-free food that’s packed with protein and nutrients. Score!

You can customize these with your family’s favorite pizza toppings – we used olives, spinach and peppers. These are great for meal prepping at the beginning of the week to have lunch ready to go! Of course, don’t forget to pack the pizza sauce for dipping. That’s the best part!

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 24 bites
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza toppings, chopped (pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, spinach, ham, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin panwith cooking spray (or make 2 batches in a 12-count pan).
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except pizza sauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Scoop mixture into each mini muffin cup; fill to the top of each.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  5. Pack pizza sauce in a separate container in a lunch box for dipping.

 

5 Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

If you’re a long-time reader, you know how much I love repurposing meals – it’s like a two-for-one! That’s why I love dinner recipes that can be easily packed in the lunch boxes for the kids (and for me at the office).

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

This Southwest Quinoa fits the bill. First, it takes less than 30 minutes to cook for dinner – yes, please! It’s a great vegetarian dinner option that’s full of protein and nutrition from quinoa and black beans. Once everyone’s done eating, I can pack the leftovers up in lunch boxes with some fresh fruits and veggies, and tortilla chips as a treat, and we’re good to go!

Sometimes I even double the recipe so I’m guaranteed leftovers. Because when I can make meal time a little easier, I go for it!

Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (173 g) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (470 g) water
  • 3/4 cup (195 g) jarred salsa
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) ground cumin
  • 1 cup (130 g) frozen corn
  • 1 15 ounce (425 g) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (4 g) finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • Toppings:
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup (115 g) shredded cheddar

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil, then stir in the quinoa, lower the heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off heat.
  2. Cover and let sit for 6 minutes – you’ll know the quinoa is ready when you see the little white “tail” of the germ around the outside edge of each seed.
  3. In a small bowl whisk yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic and lime juice, set aside.
  4. Once quinoa is done, add salsa, chili powder and cumin, fold to combine well. Mix in cilantro, green onions, black beans and corn. Fold a few times until thoroughly combined. Stir in the yogurt dressing.
  5. Serve with avocado and cheese and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.

Notes

For school lunch: Pack leftovers in a container or lunchbox. This salad is great eaten cold or at room temperature as well.

 

4

Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Do your kids love mac and cheese? If so, they are going to love our quinoa mac and cheese recipe!

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I’ve been hearing a lot about quinoa lately, but have honestly been a little intimidated to try it. “How do I cook it? What do I make with it? Will my family like it?” These were all questions that swirled around in my head before I finally decided to give it a try. With all of its wonderful health benefits, I just couldn’t wait any longer! Did you know that quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is:

  1. a complete protein
  2. high in iron and fiber
  3. naturally gluten-free
  4. a source of calcium (though not large, it’s great for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant)
  5. a great alternative to rice and pasta
  6. easy to cook, that is, if you know how to boil water! The directions are right on the bag.

And what better recipe to start with than a mac and cheese-style dish!? I mean, who doesn’t love the cheesy deliciousness of mac and cheese? My kids and husband could seriously eat it every day, but I can’t help but cringe at what can be found in the standard boxed variety—artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, sodium, and who knows what else.

I’ve made this meal for dinner served with chicken, and I’ve also sent it to school as a side in a thermos lunch!

Be sure to check out MOMables meal plans, and you can ALWAYS know that the best and healthiest ingredients are going into your kid’s lunches!

IMAG2000-adj-wmThe organic and homemade versions are certainly much better, but that’s still a lot of pasta. So having a healthy alternative is just icing on the cake. This version is not only packed with protein, it gets its gorgeous coloring from carrots of all things! How’s that for nutritious?

This mac and cheese alternative is the perfect side to go along with just about any dish. It’s easy to make, healthy, tasty, and both adult AND kid-friendly. Plus, the leftovers make a great school lunch the day after. Simply heat up the leftovers and pack them in a preheated thermos. They’ll still be warm come lunchtime!

Quinoa Mac & Cheese Supercharged!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, washed, and diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Steam the carrots for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender (you can also steam them in the microwave).
  3. Place the cooked carrots, milk, Dijon mustard, and salt into a blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk if needed (carrot size can vary), but the texture should be smooth, not liquid.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the quinoa, cheese, and carrot puree until combined. Transfer into a medium baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. If desired, top with additional shredded cheese and serve immediately.

 

 

7 quinoa raisin muffins recipe - gluten free via MOMables.com

Quinoa Raisin Muffins

Looking for a fun way to incorporate extra nutrition into breakfast? This quinoa raisin muffin recipe is one your family will love.

 quinoa raisin muffins recipe - gluten free via MOMables.com

MOMables is always coming up with new ways to sneak extra nutrition into foods for our picky eaters. Even non-picky eaters, because sometimes even I want to mix it up and try something in a new way too! 

I love incorporating quinoa into healthy lunches. It provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It’s also a great option for those who are gluten-free, as well as being a great source of iron and fiber.

It’s also a food that I’ve found a lot of people are intimidated to cook with. Don’t be! With this delicious muffin recipe, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before!

These muffins are great for a grab-and-go breakfast, packed in a lunch box, and even frozen to enjoy later.

The raisins add an element of sweetness, and the hint of spices smell heavenly straight from the oven. You and your kiddos won’t even know there’s all that protein hidden inside!

Quinoa Raisin Muffins Recipe - Gluten Free - MOMables.com

Quinoa Raisin Muffins

quinoa raisin muffins recipe - gluten free via MOMables.com
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 12
  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (If using gluten-free flour, add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum.)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup raisins (we used golden)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (or nondairy substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Cook the quinoa in a saucepan on your stovetop in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the water is absorbed. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, xanthan gum (if using), flax, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and raisins. Mix in 2 cups of the cooked quinoa. (Save any extra for another use/ meal.)
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and applesauce. Add the liquid mix to the flour mixture, stirring until combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tin cavities. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are firm to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring them to a cooling rack.

 

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Lunch Box Quinoa Salad

Qui-no-what? Yes! Kids can love other things besides pasta! This delicious Quinoa salad is perfect to fill any lunchbox quickly!
easy and delicious quinoa salad recipe made from leftover quinoa! perfect lunch idea

My daughter loves it when I send her something other than a sandwich in her lunch box…like a lettuce-free “salad”. This quinoa salad idea is a fun change from our usual rice or pasta salad.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

It’s true. Haven’t you heard? Quinoa isn’t just for dinner…it’s also great inside the lunch box! To make this easier, use leftover quinoa from dinner. The recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to three days.

Utilizing leftovers in a delicious lunch like this will save you time in the kitchen and money on wasted food. It’s a win-win! Easy recipes like this one fill our weekly meal plans. If you are struggling for affordable lunch ideas that beat the sandwich rut, you can grab a free copy of our sample meal plan here. 

Doesn’t this recipe look delicious? Now, if our kids could only see how much love went into their lunchbox we’d be set!

easy and delicious quinoa salad recipe made from leftover quinoa! perfect lunch idea

Lunch Box Quinoa Salad with Veggies

  • Author: MOMables
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Lunchbox servings
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup minced carrots
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa: bring water to a boil, pour quinoa. Reduce heat to a low/simmer until water has been absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  2. Pour cooked quinoa into a mixing bowl, and chill in refrigerator until cold (about 30 minutes).
  3. Remove quinoa from fridge and stir in the red bell pepper, red onion, curry powder, cilantro, lime juice, carrots, and peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill before serving.

 

*Also featuring this post over at the Queen of Quinoa link party.

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