Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Black Quinoa Cakes and PaperChef Giveaway

Featured Ingredient: Black Quinoa

To say that quinoa is hot is an understatement. A slew of cookbooks devoted to the South American grain have recently come out speaking to its popularity. Just a mere decade ago, only hard-core grain lovers had even heard of it. The good news is that quinoa is now increasing the nutritional value of more and more diets.

Billed as a superfood, quinoa is laced with fiber, vitamins and protein. You probably have seen the beige grain in grocers, but now red and black hues are popping up in more shops. It’s believed that these cheery versions of quinoa contain an extra dose of antioxidants courtesy of their colored pigments. And they can really add wow appeal to meals such as these individual frittata style cakes made with black quinoa.

The quinoa adds a very interesting texture (and visual appeal!), while the mushrooms and Parmesan cheese deliver some umami flavor. If I worked away from home, I’d definitely pack these for lunch.

I think that fanciful recipes such as this deserve to be wrapped up in a fancy package. That is why I made them using the excellent lotus cups from PaperChef. If you’re preparing a muffin tin creation for a soiree, potluck or your local book club, the PaperChef lotus cups are sure to elevate the presentation. Made from parchment paper, they are completely non-stick and biodegradable.

It’s time for another Muffin Tin Mania product giveaway. The kind folks over at PaperChef would like to award one of my readers with a some of their parchment lotus cups to help show off your made with love muffins or other treats.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “I want to be a chef using PaperChef” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday October 31st, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize. This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Congrats to Jenna Z who was randomly selected as the winner of the PaperChef contest. 

Quinoa Mushroom Cakes

2/3 cup quinoa, preferably black
6 large eggs
2 cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
3 tablespoons white wine (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place quinoa in a saucepan along with 1 1/2 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 12 minutes, or until tender and water has absorbed.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add in quinoa as well as the remaining ingredients and mix together.

Divide quinoa mixture among 12 standard sized paper lined or greased muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes, or until set. Let cool before unmolding.


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  2. Ooooh I love quinoa and trying to mix it into everything :) I love the idea of super foodifying quiche! (Yeah, that's a real word :) I think that is an awesome base idea and has so many flavor possibilities! Spicy cakes with black beans and green chilies... Mmmmm.

  3. I want to be a chef using PaperChef!!
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  6. oh these sound like a great idea! i want to be a chef using paperchef :)
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  7. “I want to be a chef using PaperChef” - I love making muffins!!


  8. “I want to be a chef using PaperChef” - I love making muffins!!

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  9. "I want to be a chef using PaperChef" as I absolutely love quinoa! My gluten intolerance has forced me to explore new nutritional pathways. Quinoa is loaded with protein and low in fat. It is a good food to eat!

  10. I want to be a chef using PaperChef -- so much! These are adorable and I haven't seen them anywhere.

    Crossing my fingers...

  11. I want to be a chef using PaperChef

  12. I want to be a chef using PaperChef. Your recipe looks delicious!

  13. I want to be a chef using PaperChef, because my baking daughter would fill these with delicious treats!

    Hungry Mom


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