|Healthy kiddo snacks||
Cheesy quinoa crackers
If you haven't tried quinoa yet, your missing out. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a protein laden grain; in fact it has more protein that any other grain and a near perfect balance of essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). It also has phosphorous, riboflavin and iron. For those kids with gluten allergies, it is also gluten-free. So if you haven't added it to your kids diets, you should try it out. It's readily available at natural food stores and cooks relatively quickly without much work.
Here's a recipe to kick off that quinoa introduction, or a new take for those of you that are quinoa experts. And it's got some great cheese flavor, thus making a cheese cracker your kids can enjoy while they get some great minerals and protein in return.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Pre-heat oven to 375F. Grease a baking sheet. Make sure to use plenty of oil, the cheese can make the crackers stick.
1/2 cup quinoa
In a clean coffee grinder or mini-blender, grind quinoa until it is a flour-like consistency.
In a medium bowl combine quinoa flour with:
1/2 cup finely grated white cheddar cheese (use a microplane to grate)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Mix with a fork, then add
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup warm water
Stir with a fork until combined. Dump out mixture onto a baking sheet. With a rolling pin, roll into a thin rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, slice into 3/4" squares. Using either a skewer or a toothpick, punch four holes into each square.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven then re-press scores with a spatula to insure separation. Remove crackers with a spatula, then cool completely. Makes ~28 crackers.