These cheese and tomato quinoa balls are a great finger food for baby led weaning but will be enjoyed by the whole family. Lunch box friendly.

Cheese and Tomato Quinoa Balls

Delicious tomato, cheese and basil quinoa formed into balls to make it perfect for little hands.


  • 100 g (1/2 cup) quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic (finely chopped)
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) canned chopped tomatoes
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) chicken / vegetable stock
  • 60 g grated cheddar
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil leaves
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • mozzarella (optional)


  • Pre heat oven to 180c / 350f / gas 4
  • In a bowl soak the quinoa in water.
  • Heat oil (or butter) in a pan and gently sauté the onions and garlic until the onions become translucent.
  • As the onions are cooking, thoroughly rinse the quinoa.
  • To the onions and garlic, add the tomatoes, stock, quinoa and stir.
  • Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 15 mins.
  • Turn the heat off and leave the quinoa to sit covered for a further 5 mins
  • Stir in the cheddar cheese & basil.
  • Allow to cool and then stir in the beaten egg.
  • Form heaped tablespoon sized balls.
  • (Optional) break each ball in half, add a small ball of mozzarella and re form the balls making sure the mozzarella is fully covered.
  • Cook in the oven for 25 mins or until golden.