Buffalo Quinoa Bites

This recipe was surprisingly fantastic! Usually we don’t go for a ton of vegetarian dishes but this one is so freaking delicious and has lots of flavour! If you like buffalo sauce I suggest skipping the meat and giving this a try!

Time: 1 hour & 15 min prep + 25 min baking = 1 hour 40 minutes total

Yield: 6 servings

Calories/Serving: ~356 (bites only)

Ingredients:

Quinoa Bites

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (~439 gram) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s)

For Serving

  • Blue cheese dressing or ranch*
  • 4 pieces of naan
  • romaine lettuce
  • shredded carrots
  • celery, chopped
  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado, sliced

*I don’t like blue cheese so I used Ranch dressing

I got this recipe from Half Baked Harvests cookbook but a similar recipe can be found HERE.

Directions:

  1. Combined first 6 ingredients in food processor.
  2. Using hand, roll mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and bake 20-25 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly and then toss in buffalo sauce.
  4. Assemble with naan, dressing and veggies. Enjoy!

Equipment Required:

  • Food processor
  • Can opener
  • Stove pot
  • Mixing spoons/cups
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MODERATE

  • Steps: 4
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 1 hour 15 minutes of prep (the extra time is due to cooking the quinoa, if this is prepped ahead of time you can cut down on prep)
    • Rating: Difficult
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 8 – 15 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy – Moderate

Cranberry Orange Scones

This review is brought to you by Taste of Home. This delicious weekend treat is so refreshing! If this scone was a season I feel like it would be called when winter meets spring. I usually associate cranberries with fall and winter but the orange is so refreshing and bright with the promise that spring and summer days are to come. And the glaze is a decadent sweet touch to this delicious scone! Even my husband who doesn’t like cranberries thought this scone was fantastic!

Time: 45 min prep + 15 min to bake = 1 hour

Yield: 10 scones

Calories/Scone: ~331

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 7 teaspoons sugar, orange zest, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, orange juice, cream and egg.
  3. Add to flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  4. On a floured surface, gently knead 6-8 times. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 10 wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  5. Bake at 400° until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  6. Combine glaze ingredients if desired; drizzle over scones.

Equipment Required:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • Grater
  • Measuring spoons/cups
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MODERATE

  • Steps: 6
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Involvement
    • 45 min of prep (40 min to prep scones + 5 min to prep and glaze scones)
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 13 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Moderate