Kid Chef Quinoa Sliders

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Kid Chefs can make these delicious sliders that will be the hit of the party. Kids in Peru have been eating quinoa for thousands of years. Gluten free and a complete protein, quinoa is a seed that can be cooked like a grain or ground into flour, and contains all the essential amino acids. The leaves of the quinoa plant taste like spinach or chard and can be cooked or eaten raw in a salad. Rinse ½ cup of organic quinoa seeds well, bring to a boil with 1 cup of water, and simmer for 15 minutes. Steam ½ finely chopped organic red onion, 8 oz chopped organic mushrooms, and 2 minced organic garlic cloves. In a large bowl, mix½ cup organic whole wheat bread crumbs, ¼ cup organic whole wheat pastry flour, 1 tsp cumin, 1 ½ tsp sea salt, and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper. Pour the cooked quinoa, steamed veggies, and 2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil into the bowl and mix well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form the mixture into twenty or so 1 ½ inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cut organic whole wheat (or gluten free) dinner rolls in half and toast with olive oil. Add tomato pasta sauce on each side of the roll, place the quinoa ball on one half and baby greens on the other half. Kids can have tasty, healthy party treats anytime as these balls will store in the refrigerator for a week.

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