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Friday, April 15, 2016

Baked Broccoli Quinoa Tater Tots

 
Baked Broccoli Quinoa Tater Tots
 

The ingredient of the Month (April) is Kickass Quinoa - a superfood in its own right.

It has been a while that I wanted to make Baked Broccoli Tater Tots, or you can just call them baked broccoli bites. 'Tater Tots' is just a fancy schmancy name given to grated  potatoes shaped into a cylinders and deep-fried to its crispy glory! Mine is a healthier version of it. Like way, way healthier version of it! It has broccoli and it has quinoa and it is baked. It is a wholesome meal in itself, packed with nutrients and very flavorful!
 
My 6.5 yo couldn't wait to dunk it in ketchup and pop one into his mouth!
 
 
Baked Broccoli Quinoa Tater Tots
 
 
Ingredients: (Yield: 12 to 14)
  • Steamed or blanched Broccoli - 2 Cups
  • Cooked Quinoa - 3/4 Cup (recipe here)
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/3 Cup
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese - 1/4 Cup
  • White onions - 1/4 Cup, finely chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/4 Cup, finely chopped and packed
  • Egg - 1, large
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Oil for brushing on the aluminum foil
 
Baked Broccoli Quinoa Tater Tots
 
 
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet with a aluminum foil and brush it generously with some oil. Set aside.
 
Blanch or steam the broccoli. Squeeze out the excess water and throw it into a food processor along with the cilantro. Pulse it 2 or 3 times till you get a grainy mix. Be careful not to blitz it into a paste. If you do not have a food, you can use your knife to give it a rough chop. Transfer to a bowl. Add the cooked quinoa, panko bread crumbs, grated cheese and finely chopped onions. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Using a fork, mix everything together gently. Taste and adjust seasoning. Now make a well in the middle of the mix and crack open an egg. Give it another quick whisk and let the mixture hang out for about 20 minutes.
 
Using a mini ice cream scoop or just eyeballing it, shape the mixture into your preferred shape. Lay the tater tots on the oiled and prepped cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 to 23 minutes. At the 15 minutes mark you can flip over the tater tots once.
 
Baked Broccoli Quinoa Tater Tots
 
 
Serve hot with ketchup. Enjoy!
 
Recipe inspiration from here!

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