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Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon

I have a confession to make. We’ve taught our daughter to say “cray cray.” As in, crazy? Cray cray? Yeah, we say that around here. It started out as ironic-only use and then it sort of creeped its way into our everyday lexicon.

I hope we aren’t as annoying and uncool as I just made us sound.

Anyway, our gal says “cay cay!” and it’s actually pretty darn cute. Much cuter than when middle-aged adults say it.

Speaking of, I’ve been utterly cray-cray (last time I write it, promise) for quinoa frittatas this summer.

Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon | Kitchen Treaty

With the double hit of protein from both the eggs and the quinoa, these things are so satisfying – the perfect power breakfast. And when you make them in individual sizes, you can customize them however you please. So mixed diet homes like ours are in business – bacon, ham, or sausage in some, maybe a few extra veggies in lieu of meat in others. A mini quinoa frittata for everyone!

Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon | Kitchen Treaty

I love freezing these, too. All it takes is a quick two-minute zap and you’re headed out the door with a warm, satisfying breakfast in hand.

This particular combo – sharp cheddar, sweet corn, smoky green chiles and bacon if you like – isn’t only great for breakfast. These are terrific alongside a simple green salad for a quick lunch or dinner, too.

I taste-tested these for all three meals, just for you, because I’m cray err, selfless like that.

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Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon

Sharp cheddar, sweet corn, and smoky green chiles combine with eggs and quinoa for a delicious and satisfying grab-and-go frittata that's equally great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. Just add bacon for the meat-eaters!

Yield: 12 mini frittatas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled (about 3/4 cup dried quinoa should result in about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 4-ounces can diced green chiles, drained (or roast, peel, and chop your own - poblanos would be fabulous)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or fresh cooked kernels cut from the cob)
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • If adding bacon to half
  • 3-4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
  • If adding bacon to all
  • 6-8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked, drained and chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line 12 standard-size muffin tins with paper cupcake liners and spray well with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add the quinoa, 1 cup cheddar cheese, chiles, corn, onion, salt, and pepper and mix.
  4. If adding bacon, stir that in now. If adding bacon to half, fill six of the muffin tins with the egg/quinoa then add the bacon to the bowl, stir, and fill the remaining muffin tins. Or, if you're skipping the bacon, forget what I just said and just fill the muffin tins to the top with the egg/quinoa mixture. I use an ice cream scoop - makes it easy!
  5. Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup cheddar over each.
  6. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
  7. These keep refrigerated for about 3 days in an airtight container, or freeze for up to several months.

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6 Responses to “Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon”

  1. Alexis @ Hummusapien posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

    How cute are these! You can’t go wrong with cheddar and corn in muffin form :)

  2. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    These sound awesome and would make for the perfect breakfast and/or snack!

  3. Alyssa B posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

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  4. Alyssa B posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

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  5. Alyssa B posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’m glad to see you have another quinoa frittata recipe! I really loved the last ones and look forward to trying these guys out.

  6. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on September 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Mm this looks so delicious!! What a scrumptious flavor combo.

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