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Saucy Mama take two

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, I received an awesome collection of Saucy Mama mustard to come up with a few healthy recipes.  The tarragon lemon salmon loaf I created on Monday was a big hit. I was even more surprised when it tasted just as good, if not better, when I had it again for supper on Tuesday.  It left me wishing I had made more of it.  Or at least bigger servings.

Since I received so many different mustard flavors, I decided to play around with a new flavor.  Smoky garlic seemed like it would be right up my ally.  In case you didn’t know, I tend to be a little heavy with the garlic. Many a days I come back to the office after lunch reeking of garlic because I spent my lunch break chopping.  Jealous you aren’t one of my coworkers? I thought so.

When I tried the smoky garlic mustard, I decided that it would pair well with a breakfast/brunchy kind of meal. Who doesn’t love garlic first thing in the morning?  I opted to create mini quiche like muffins since I have been on a healthy muffin kick lately and haven’t posted any this week.

It should be noted that I did actually make a healthy muffin option this week. Blueberry Zucchini with a hint of orange. Prior to baking the muffins, I realized I was completely out of non-stick spray and thought my “non-stick” pan would be able to handle it. Wrong. The muffins came out absolutely terrible looking and broken apart. They still tasted great, but had I photographed them and posted them you would have thought I was crazy. So, they will hopefully be making their debut next week.

Back to the quiche… on hand I had quinoa, egg whites, and a plethora of veggies.  With a little chopping and flavor sampling along the way, I ended up with a mini quiche I am quite happy with.  Do let me know if you try it.

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Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic Quinoa Quiche
yields 30 mini-quiche
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water
1 zucchini, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup egg whites
3 tbsp Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic Mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
Dash of garlic salt
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare quinoa. Bring two cups of water to a boil, pour in quinoa, bring to a boil again, then let simmer.  When all the liquid has absorbed, the quinoa will be finished.

In a large bowl add chopped zucchini, tomatoes, green onions, red onions, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic salt, egg whites and mustard. Stir to combine. Add cooked quinoa. Stir again and sprinkle in cheese.  Pour batter into mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with Pam.  Bake for about 25 minutes or until the tops are golden and set.

Not only are they quite tasty, they are pretty cute. You could easily serve these at a shower or luncheon and your guests would be absolutely tickled. And going with the Saucy Mama healthy recipe theme, they are failry guilt free. Each mini quiche has 40 calories, 1 g fat, 5 g carbs, and 3g of protein.

Top these off with little slices of avocado and I would be in heaven. They would be dreamy with sun dried tomatoes in them as well. Or some jalepenos to spice them up. Toss in some sliced ham and a mimosa on the side you’d have a pretty serious brunch on your hands.

Thank you Saucy Mama for sending your awesome product. I’ve had so much fun coming up with new recipe ideas. Saucy Mama is offering a giveaway, which I mentioned in a prior post, if you are interested in a chance in winning a Saucy Mama mustard pack, leave a comment here or on my entries on the Saucy mama facebook page. And if you like this recipe, you can vote for me here! My honeymoon fund would really appreciate winning this one.

February 24, 2012 - 4:42 pm

TeenyLittleSuperChef - Oh wow, these sound delicious. I love the addition of quinoa to up the protein content and act as the binder. I’m always looking for fun ways of using quinoa, especially in this type of way where you probably don’t even taste it. My husband loathes quinoa but has never noticed when I’ve snuck it into a dish so I think he’ll really like this one. I hope to win some of that Saucy Mama. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the recipe

February 24, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Lacy - Since switching to a gluten free diet, I have come to discover the awesomeness of quinoa. I am always looking for new ways to use it, so I am excited to try this!

February 24, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Linds - Quinoa is one of my favorite things to toss into so many dishes. I use it ALL the time. Glad you are enjoying it!

February 24, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Linds - Thank you! I don’t think you can taste the quinoa in it that much. I am lucky because my fiance loves the stuff. And there haven’t been many entries for the giveaway so your chances are good!

February 24, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Stephanie - I bought some quinoa for the first time last week and can’t wait to try this recipe!! Sounds SO good and super healthy, which is always a plus!!

February 24, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Linds - Definitely give it a try! There is a lot of flavor for so few calories. And you can change up the spices to your liking. Hope you like the quinoa. It is one of my favorite things to experiment with.

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