Quinoa Pizza Bites

by Kristine on April 7, 2015

in Appetizers, Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Pizza, Recipes, Sides & Salads

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Pizza in any way, shape or form is welcomed by me, and most kids. Anything that reminds me of pizza makes me very happy. That’s why I love these quinoa pizza bites. I’ve seen some variations on Pinterest and wanted to come up with my own version. I love that these are gluten-free (just be sure the pepperoni you use is gluten-free…its usually on the label), and I also made it lactose-free, by using a lactose-free mozzarella cheese. (In Canada I get the L’Ancêtre brand at my local grocery store).

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As I mentioned recently in my Chocolate Quinoa Muffins recipe (which I totally recommend you also make if you’re cooking up a batch of quinoa), I’ve gotten more into using my rice cooker. I’ve been cooking grains other than rice in it. Quinoa works fabulous in it, and I love that I just put in the water and quinoa, push the button, and it automatically switches to warm when its done. I don’t have to worry about burning it on the stove anymore. Quinoa isn’t exactly cheap anymore as its become so wildly popular, so burning a batch would be heart wrenching!

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This recipe makes 1 tray  (24 mini quinoa pizzas) so its no fuss. If you need to feed a crowd, I recommend doubling the batch as they will go pretty darn fast! The marinara dipping sauce is also a must in my book. I used a store bought one, as I wanted the easy route, but you could totally make your own if you prefer.

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Don’t like turkey pepperoni? No problem! You could do a ham and pineapple version, or really put whatever you like on your pizza in here. You might just need to cook it a bit longer if you’re using something that releases a bit of water when it cooks (like veggies and fruit like pineapple).

Happy pizza(ish) baking!


Quinoa Pizza Bites
 
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Recipe type: Main
Yield: 24 mini pizza bites
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry should yield about 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup packed (65g) shredded mozza cheese (I used a lactose-free cheese)
  • ½ cup turkey pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
For the Garnish:
  • Marinara sauce (I used Newman's Own Marinara). Could also make your own with crushed tomato and your favorite spices.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled quinoa and all the other ingredients except the marinara sauce.
  3. Lightly spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  4. Using a tablespoon, put 1 spoonful of the mixture into each mini muffin tin.
  5. Firmly pack the quinoa mixture into the muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or so until firm and lightly golden around the edges.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 mini pizza bite Calories: 32 Fat: 1.3 g Saturated fat: 0.4 g Unsaturated fat: 0.3 g Carbs: 2.7 g Sugar: 0 g Sodium: 45 mg Fiber: 0.3 g Protein: 2.4 g Cholesterol: 19 mg

Recipe adapted from Creative Juice

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • Heather Ghodsian

    Do you know if these freeze well?

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