Tuesday, January 17, 2012

quinoa spinach bites // gingered orange honey dipping sauce

game day snacks
i am pretty sure that has a different meaning to justin and i, than to everyone else
see- we are not huge sports fans <gasp!>
from new england and not drooling over tom brady every sunday, how can that be?

our game day consists of scrabble or battleship, card games (naughty minds anyone?) or PlayStation 3d move games - yes, we like to live outside the box, dare to be different

so, i thought i would share with you one of our game day snacks from this past sunday

quinoa spinach bites with a gingered orange honey dipping sauce

quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
quinoa, spinach & garlic
a trio of healthy goodness

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these simple ingredients are made into little poppable bites
perfect for game day snacking
quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
raw orange blossom honey, orange zest & segments along with ginger and a wee bit of sugar make a lovely dipping sauce

my honey surprised me with a few jars of beautiful honey from bee raw
- he knows the way straight to my heart

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quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
flax eggs are added to the quinoa mixture to get the binding action going
rounded packed tablespoons of the mix are rolled in chickpea flour 

quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
i wanted to give you 2 different cooking options
fried - 'cause who doesn't love them some fried food
baked - because there are still some us of trying to squeeze into our skinny jeans

both methods work equally well
baking makes for an easier clean up and a cleaner stove top

quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce

fried or baked - you really can't go wrong either way

quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping saucequinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce
the perfect game day snack
poppable & tasty
quinoa spinach bites  // gingered orange honey dipping sauce

quinoa spinach  bites  - gingered orange honey dipping sauce
makes 12 bites

you will need:

for the quinoa bites:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 flax eggs: 2 tbsp flax meal & 6 tbsp warm water
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • olive oil drizzle for baking

for the gingered orange honey dipping sauce:
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice & orange segments from 1/2 a large orange
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • in a small sauce pan bring 1 cup of water to a boil
  • salt & add quinoa
  • turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorb and the quinoa "rings" are visible
  • place quinoa in a medium bowl, in the same pan over medium, heat oil
  • add spinach, garlic & mustard - cook until spinach has wilted
  • add quinoa back to the pan and stir until well combined - place mixture back into the medium bowl and refrigerate until cool (or place in freezer for a more rapid cooling)
  • while the quinoa is cooling, make the sauce
  • rinse out the pan you used for the quinoa, over medium heat add  all ingredients for the sauce - cook over medium heat frequently stirring. cook for approximately 6 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken - the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools- refrigerate until ready to use
  • once the quinoa has fully cooled, make your flax egg by combining flax meal & warm water - whisk until frothy. add flax egg to quinoa mixture and mix well
  • place your chickpea flour in a bowl - with a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, scoop quinoa and pack well - drop in chickpea flour and roll until completely coated
  • if frying set the coated bite on a plate - if baking line a baking sheet with parchment and set the bites until all the quinoa mixture is rolled and coated
  • if baking pre-heat oven to 425* - drizzle bites with olive oil or vegetable oil. bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
  • if frying - heat oil in a deep frying pan and add oil- fry each side for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown on each side. remove from pan onto a paper towel lined plate
  • serve immediately with dipping sauce - these also go well with marinara sauce in place of the gingered orange honey sauce
  • if not serving immediately- keep warmed in a 200* oven until ready to serve

P.s. Don't forget about the Great Valentines Bake Off over at Fork & Beans!



  1. these look delicious and i love that you used chickpea flour! i can't get enough of that stuff ;)

    1. I am pretty sure I saw Chickpea flour on your site and immediately went out to get some - I love the stuff!

  2. Fantastic pictures!!! We play a lot of board games in this house especially with our son. We're a touch competitive so it gets out of hand lol. We also play a lot of video games lol. But we do watch football as well. :) These sound delicious and I would eat them for any type of game day :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by & for your comment- I love your blog by the way!

  3. Quinoa is getting real popular these days and I have seen a lot of recipes popping up. However, yours here is probably the most unique recipe I have seen that makes use of it! I can see that these little bites would not last long at this house. The dipping sauce is a delicious touch too. Have a great day.

    1. Thanks for coming over to SMBP Tina - it is amazing how popular Quinoa is becoming, it is becoming mainstream which is such a great thing!

  4. I like the sounds of your game days...especially if they include these quinoa bites! Cute presentation too in those individual little cups!

    1. Thank you Genevieve - I knew those little cups would come in handy sooner or later!

  5. These look delicious! I've never used chickpea flour before, but I'll have to try it out! And that is definitely my kind of game day...

    1. I love discovering new flours- this one i saw over at the vegan chickpea, it has been so much fun cooking with - love your new life motto , eat well- travel often:-)

  6. Okay, anyone who makes fancy quinoa bakes for Game Day that consists of Scrabble is MY KIND OF GAL!!! Loving you even more now...

    1. Fancy Quinoa - you are so funny, move to NH and I will make you Fancy Quinoa any time of day....hmmm though I am pretty sure you won't be giving up year round sun for negative temps & long johns anytime soon:-)

  7. Awesome pics! Now I can't wait to go buy chickpea flour.... I recently made spinach tofu balls from the Moosewood cookbook, which were good and everyone loved. But I had to laugh bc it was for an evening, poorly lit party, so everyone kept grabbing them thinking they were meatballs. Hehehehe. I am an evil vegan. ;-) Can't wait to try these ones out on them!

    1. That is awesome - I love being a sneaky vegan too! I recently discovered chickpea flour, it has been fun to experiment with; thanks for becoming a follower & for the comment!

  8. i am digging that gingered orange sauce.. perfect with those nutritious bites of spinach and quinoa! chickpea flour is bought in bulk every month at my house!:)

    1. I am officially hooked on Chickpea Flour - these were so fun to make, a little messy but worth it. The dipping sauce definitely took these to the next level of goodness :-)

  9. Oh, the blasphemy!! :) I'm actually trying to come up with ideas for tomorrow's game (during which I WILL be drooling over Tom and Wes!), and these look perfect!

    1. I have to agree that Tom is nice to look at - and I heard from all the Facebook chatter we made it to the Super Bowl!!!

  10. I found this recipe from this link: http://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/vegan-appetizers/
    can I just say, that honey isn't vegan, I'm disgusted! Not at you (obviously) but to the people promting this recipe as vegan! Anyone else notice this too?


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