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Quinoa Jalapeno Poppers

A healthy, tasty treat with quinoa.

By MaryRose Rudzinski

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Quinoa Jalapeno Poppers

A healthy, tasty treat with quinoa.
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: cream cheese, goat cheese, jalapeno, jalapeno poppers, quinoa
Author: MaryRose Rudzinski


  • 2 jalapenos, halved and seeded
  • 1 olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Toss jalapenos with olive oil, and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 8 minutes. When cool, dice jalapenos into confetti-like pieces.
  • In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, honey and roasted jalapeno. Set aside, and lower oven to 350°.
  • Rinse and cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let it cool slightly; then mix in eggs, spices, salt and pepper.

  • Place a small amount of the quinoa mixture in a 1-inch cookie scoop and press it into a thin layer along the inside of the scoop. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture in the scoop; then cover it with more quinoa. Place the scoop on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Spray with cooking spray and bake for 18–20 minutes or until golden and the poppers hold together.
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