Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an energy packed grain that is full of fibre, rich in protein and amino acids and is also gluten free. It also is a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. Quinoa is also the least allergenic of grains which probably explains why you will see it on a lot of healthy food menus. I came across black quinoa while shopping a few months back and I have been so excited to try it. It tastes a bit crunchier than normal quinoa but other than that has an incomparable taste. If you cannot find black quinoa then don’t panic and just use the regular kind.
Oscar is teething at the moment and as a result he’s eating a little less and fussing a LOT more. The idea for these came after reading so much good stuff about quinoa and since he was only eating bitesized meals I knew I have to find a way of getting some of that much needed quinoa goodness into my child.
I am so happy at how this recipe turned out and it has inspired me to cook lots more fish with quinoa as they go really well together. These little bites are soft and so easy to manage and they taste pretty delicious. If you are vegetarian you can leave out the fish (they are still good!). I’m working on an egg free version and will post it as soon as I get it right 🙂