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Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan Bites

These Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan Bites are a delicious gluten-free appetizer that you will find yourself craving time and again!  Deliciously cheesy, this is one even the kids will love.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Gluten Free, Italian, Quinoa
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 150kcal
Author Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplan 1 ½ pounds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 eggs beaten or flax egg (2 tablespoons ground flax seeds + 6 tablespoons warm water)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • ½ cup Quinoa Flour
  • ¾ cup Quinoa Flakes
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 3 ounces shredded mozzarella or Daiya shreds
  • 1 ½ ounces Parmesan grated or vegan Parmesan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with olive oil.
  • Cut eggplant into ½ inch slices. Place slices in a paper towel lined colander and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Place egg and milk in a small bowl and whisk together. Combine quinoa flour, quinoa flakes, quinoa, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, sea salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until a powder is formed. (It will look like fine bread crumbs.)
  • Dredge eggplant in quinoa mixture (only a little will stick) and then dip in the egg mixture and recoat with the quinoa. Place on prepared baking sheet and spray will olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully turn and bake for 15 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven. Spoon pasta sauce on each slice and sprinkle with cheeses. Bake for 10 minutes longer, until cheese is lightly browned. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.7mg