I promised I’d be back soon with a new recipe, and here I am! Thank you all for your outpouring of support during this rough time. You guys are the best. 🙂
For the past few months, I’ve been trapped in a weird cooking cycle. Thanks to the nearly non-existent winter evening light, I’ve been cooking and photographing all my recipes for the week on the weekends. Which means that every Saturday and Sunday since October, has been crazypants. I’ll be testing and tasting in the kitchen from 7am to 7pm each day and absolutely exhausted by the time the weekend is through.
Wait, what? Weekends are supposed to be relaxing, you say? Lies. Trust me, I am counting the seconds until Daylight Savings Time kicks in and I can have my weekends back.
Since I use up all my cooking energy on the weekend, I have to be dragged into the kitchen during the week. More often than not, Babyface fixes us grilled cheeses or breakfast for dinner or I take five minutes and throw together some leftovers from the weekend. If we’re really lucky, I’ve planned ahead enough to throw something into the slow cooker, but even that doesn’t happen too often. Our weeknight dinners are pretty sad.
That’s why it was particularly surprising when one of my random weeknight leftover dinners turned into a pretty rockin’ new recipe. We had some leftover cooked millet in the fridge and I decided to throw in some goat cheese, spices and eggs and bake them in our mini muffin tin. The end result was a heck of a lot more delicious than I expected! And it sparked a bunch of ideas of other kinds of grain/egg cups. This recipe using Tex-Mex flavors was the one the bubbled to the top. It uses quinoa, a delicious grain that also happens to be a complete protein and packs in a ton of flavor thanks to fresh jalapeno, salsa and fresh cilantro.
These little guys work beautifully as a healthy, flavorful appetizer, a well-balanced snack or even as a main dish for dinner. I love how versatile they are! After eating a handful or two of them, we quickly put the rest into freezer bags and have them safely stored in our deep freeze. We can pull out a few and nuke them for lunch, or take a whole bag to our next potluck.