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.
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Cheese and Tomato Quinoa Balls

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

Ingredients

  • 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) chopped tomatoes
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) chicken / vegetable stock
  • 60 g grated cheddar
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil leaves
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • mozzarella (optional)

Instructions

  • 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 rise 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.