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Mini Carrot and Zucchini Bites

I love these carrot zucchini mini quiches for healthy lunchboxes and snack bites!

When you want to add more veggies into your kids’ lunchboxes but don’t want it to “look” like veggies, these mini carrot and zucchini bites add nutrition and taste delicious!

Sometimes, when I plan meals for the week, I find myself wanting to put to use some of the “leftover veggies, ” but I don’t always have enough for a full meal.

TI often try to explain to my readers that I have this weird ability to look at ingredients and use them in my favorite basic recipes, like a basic quiche recipe, and turn them into something like this mini carrot and zucchini bites.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

For this recipe, I grated some leftover lonely veggies so that they didn’t go to waste. Because sometimes I have one lonely zucchini and then my mini quiche recipe comes to the rescue!

These turned out perfect for my family since they are a naturally gluten and grain free recipe. I like that they are high in protein and add variety to our school and office lunches.

Quiches come together quickly in one bowl, and the oven does the rest. You can eat these at any meal, or pack them in a lunchbox for school or the office. If you don’t mind quiches at room temperature, they pack great inside a lunchbox. Otherwise, heat them up and put them inside your favorite thermos.

Carrot & Zucchini Mini Quiches

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 24 mini quiches

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil* (or any oil)
  • 3/4 cup packed grated green zucchini
  • 3/4 cup packed grated carrots
  • 2 green shallots (onions), green ends trimmed off, white finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a mini cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini, carrots, and shallots, and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes until the veggies begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, combine veggies, eggs, grated cheese, and salt. Spoon mixture into mini muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

Notes

I used sharp white cheddar to make this recipe nearly lactose free for my youngest. As always, check the labels to make sure the recipe fits your family’s dietary needs.

 

2 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

The holiday season is here! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving this week? We hope your getting your turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pies ready for a family feast. We know we are so excited to spend time with family around good food!

One of our holiday staples is pecan pie. Especially down here in Louisiana, where you can get the freshest pecans you’ll ever eat. Nothing beats cutting into a slice of sweet, sticky pecan pie… except maybe pecan pie energy bites that are actually healthy!

These energy bites are made with just a few simple ingredients you may already have on hand – which means you should make them ASAP. ;) They taste just like classic pecan pie, but are Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan/vegetarian. They’re a great sweet snack to enjoy in a lunch box or when the 3 p.m. slump comes along. The whole family will love these pecan pie energy bites! Let us know if you try them – you won’t regret it.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins or dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let them soak for 10 minutes; drain.
  2. In a food processor, place raisins and pecans; pulse until they are finely ground and have formed a paste. Add coconut flakes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  3. Pulse a few times until combined. Remove food processor base and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Using your hands, form dough into 16 small balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container to store and enjoy.

 

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.

 

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