Healthier Baked Jalapeno Popper Bites with Quinoa

I was lucky enough to grow up all over the world, so the thought of trying new foods has always appealed to me. And man, do I like spicy things, especially food with fresh jalapenos. What I like most about a mini baked jalapeno popper is how easy they are to make and then reheat.

It’s okay if you are a bit hesitant to try this, heck - I call myself a world traveler, and I didn’t start eating quinoa regularly until I was in my forties. For me, the key to quinoa is cooking it with bullion or broth instead of boiling it in water. I also like to eat quinoa with something. When it stands alone, the texture doesn’t appeal to me.

It’s so nice to be able to take what is considered a favorite party food and turn it into a healthier bite-sized finger food. A baked jalapeno popper quinoa cup may become one of your favorite appetizers or snacks, and there is no need to feel guilty about it. As adults, we like our healthy snacks too and this is a spicy, cheesy, energizing snack

Hand Portions for a baked Jalapeno Popper

Balanced Heakthstyles always includes the hand portion calculation in our recipes. Check them out toward the bottom of the page. Using the hand portion method is a simple way to ensure that you are eating portions of food that match your health goals. So what category do the ingredients in a baked jalapeno popper fall into if you were using hand portion size to track your food?

What's cool about using hand portions is that it allows people who don't want to spend too much effort planning, tracking, and measuring out their meals to follow it without having to worry about counting calories.

When you get the hang of looking to your hand for guidance on how many portions of protein (palm size), vegetable (fist size), carbs (cupped hand size) and fat (thumb size) you can start looking at mixed recipes to get a feel for where they will fall into your macros based on your hand size.

Decide how many baked jalapeno popper bites to eat using the hand portion method.

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A Few Bonus Notes

What to serve this with? Carrots, celery and a mocktail are great compliments to this spicy, bite-sized snack.

To reheat a baked jalapeno popper, I like to put it in the air fryer.

Mealtime conversation starters

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Baked Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites

Enjoy this favorite appetizer without any guilt! A baked jalapeno popper is spicy and cheesy.  Perfect for game day or an energizingly delicious snack.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time5 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 181
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

For quinoa

  • ¾ cup quinoa rinsed
  • cups water or broth, I added chicken bullion
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

For baked jalapeno poppers

  • 1 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup jalapeno peppers seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp low fat cream cheese or neufchâtel, cut into small pieces
  • cups cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack, (I added whatever cheese was open and needed using in the fridge)

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan, cook quinoa according to package directions. Let cool.
  • While quinoa is cooking, prepare baked jalaenpo popper ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, onion, peppers, garlic, cream cheese, cheese and cooled quinoa.
  • Put a heaping tablespoonful of quinoa mixture into muffin tins.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

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Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Baked Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites
Serving Size
 
3 popper bites
Amount per Serving
Calories
181
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.004
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
64
mg
21
%
Sodium
 
172
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
186
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
356
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
176
mg
18
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Fist: .25
Handful: .5
Thumb: 1

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