Spinach & Artichoke Mini Quiches {Guest Post by Queen of Quinoa}

Today’s Clean Eating Cocktail Party recipe comes from Alyssa, a sweetheart I met at Nourished Food Blogger Conference last spring. This girl loves her quinoa so much, she has declared herself the Queen of Quinoa. Given that I strongly considered changing my blog name to The Pumpkin Princess, one might say we are equally passionate about our favorite foods! Some of her stellar quinoa recipes include Sweet Potato & Pineapple Quinoa Waffles, Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, and Vegan “Peanut Butter” Chocolate Quinoa Cake (bonus: this recipe even tells you how to make your own quinoa flour!) But as much of a powerhouse as it is, one cannot survive on quinoa alone, and today Alyssa is sharing a protein-packed, easy recipe for your holiday parties.

Alyssa is the quinoa-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog Queen of Quinoa and the newly launched e-cookbook, Baking with Quinoa. Connect with Alyssa on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+ & Instagram!

Hi guys, I’m Alyssa from Queen of Quinoa and I’m so excited to be part of Cara’s Clean Eating Cocktail Party! Whole, organic foods have been part of my diet since I was a child and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cooking and baking with clean foods not only makes your recipes taste better, but it gives your body nourishment and makes you feel better all around.

So when Cara invited me to join this Clean Eating Cocktail Party – I jumped at the opportunity. When I think of cocktail parties, my mind immediately jumps to mini food. Bite-sized morsels that are packed with flavor but are easy to just pop in your mouth. Most importantly, to me party food should be mess free. And that’s what I set out to make.

I distinctly remember a super bowl party I attended in college that had fabulous appetizers. The memorable spread included tangy barbecue and spicy buffalo wings, fresh veggies and homemade dip, and a fabulous fruit platter. But in the center of it all was this heaping plate of mini quiches. Packed with veggies and cheese, nestled in buttery crusts, the quiches were sensational. But I also knew they were wildly unhealthy.

With this recipe, I wanted to recreate that delicious appetizer into a healthy, clean snack for all to enjoy. Starting from the outside and working my way in, I opted for no crust to keep these naturally gluten-free and lower in carbs, I used no milk or cream with the egg batter to reduce the fat and keep them dairy-free, and I packed these bites full of the wondrous green, spinach. The result was a super healthy, green-filled, gluten-free, dairy-free, perfect cocktail party (or football party, or any party really!) appetizer that all of your guests will surely enjoy!

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Spinach & Artichoke Mini Quiches

Yield: 22 bites

Colorful spinach and tangy artichokes folded into bite-sized crustless quiches. An easy and healthy addition to the holiday hors d'ouvres spread!

Ingredients:

4 large, organic eggs
¾ cup frozen spinach, thawed
¾ cup chopped artichoke hearts
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat together the eggs in a mixing bowl, until frothy. Whisk in spinach and artichokes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture into each of the muffins tins until you’ve used all your batter.
Bake in the center of the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until the quiches are cooked through and the tops no longer jiggle.
Cool for five minutes and serve warm, or let cool completely and serve at room temperature.

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17 Responses to “Spinach & Artichoke Mini Quiches {Guest Post by Queen of Quinoa}”

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — November 30, 2012 @ 10:28 am Reply

    Oh man I totally forgot about little mini quiches, I used to love making them. These look amazing and are the perfect reminder, I need to make some ASAP!! Thanks ladies!!

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      Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa — November 30, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      Love, love, love mini quiches! I had a few of these for lunch today and they were perfect. Might just have to whip some more up for dinner tonight :)

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    Kristina — November 30, 2012 @ 10:53 am Reply

    Cara loves pumpkin, Alyssa loves quinoa, and I LOVE BOTH OF YOU!!
    these look amazing and I cannot wait to try them! I love quinoa, just recently made my own quinoa flour, look forward to getting to know Alyssa and her blog!

    Cheers, happy Friday!

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      Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa — November 30, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

      You can’t go wrong with quinoa or pumpkin in my humble opinion. Both ingredients I’m head-over-heels in love with :) Excited for you to check out my site and please let me know if you have questions along the way! Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Lindsay — November 30, 2012 @ 11:10 am Reply

    Hi- Do you think this would work with just egg whites?
    Thanks!

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      Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa — November 30, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      Hi Lindsay – I absolutely think this will work with egg whites! I would suggest just subbing the egg whites for the whole eggs. They might puff a little more, but who says puffy mini quiches aren’t just as tasty!? Would love to know how they turn out for you :) xo!

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    Bonnie K — November 30, 2012 @ 6:42 pm Reply

    This looks really good. I love recipes with very few ingredients.

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    Kate — December 1, 2012 @ 12:10 am Reply

    I would even stick quinoa in this quiche!

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      Sara — December 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      I make mini protein quiches w the addition of quinoa flakes quite frequently! They freeze well when individually wrapped & are great for breakfast on the go!

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    Heather's Creative Concoctions — December 2, 2012 @ 6:51 am Reply

    I love how easy this is, great inspiration for school lunches. And I’m ok if my quiches giggle and not jiggle ;)

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    Joanne — December 2, 2012 @ 8:57 am Reply

    These are definitely mini quiches for a new (healthy) age! Love em!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free — December 2, 2012 @ 9:14 am Reply

    These look so perfect! I’m pinning them right now and can’t wait to make them… maybe this afternoon! Thanks

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    Mel @ The cook's notebook — December 17, 2012 @ 6:41 am Reply

    yum! Conveniently I have a jar of opened artichoke hearts in the fridge. Might have to make these for lunch later this week. mmmmm
    I’m quite pleased I’ve just discovered your website!

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      Cara — December 17, 2012 @ 11:11 am

      aww, thanks! welcome!

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    Deb — January 14, 2013 @ 6:06 pm Reply

    Hi Cara, these are in the oven as I type this… great dinner when we both don’t know what to eat, thanks! Btw, I got a good chuckle out of the fact that you said to take out the quiche when they stop giggling…. so, when they stop laughing they are done? Hahaha. Should be “jiggling” right? So cute, thanks for the afternoon smile.

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      Cara — January 14, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      hehe, yup that sounds about right! Hope you enjoy them :)

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