October 8, 2012

Quinoa Pizza Bites

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I'm always looking for fun, new ways to use quinoa. When I came across a recipe from So Very Blessed for quinoa pizza bites, as a lover of all things pizza, I knew I had to bring these cute little bites to my kitchen! They're such a yummy, unique way to eat this amazing superfood. Instead of pepperoni, I veggetized it by subbing in tomatoes. Next time I'll play around with some other of our favorite pizza toppings.


Makes 24 mini muffin bites

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup fresh basil (or 1 Tbsp. dried)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
Pizza sauce for dipping

Directions
Rinse quinoa and place with 2 cups water in a covered pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together the cooked quinoa with all ingredients (except pizza sauce) in a medium bowl.
Distribute mixture into a lightly sprayed muffin tin, pressing down gently to compact.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, then cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.

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16 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I have a whole bag of quinoa and I am never sure how to cook it besides traditionally! Great photos!

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  2. Do you think it would do okay without the cheese???

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    1. I've never tried that but you could certainly give it a go! The cheese probably plays a part in holding the bites together, but they should do okay with just the egg. Would love to hear how it goes if you try it! :)

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  3. No way! Never would have thought of this recipe; I can't wait to try it!! We love quinoa but it sure does get old making the same ol' black-beans-and-quinoa variations :)

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    1. I never would have thought of this either! So creative. The idea came from another blog called So Very Blessed. Hope you like it and find it's a fun new way to shake up your quinoa routine ;) I've got several other quinoa recipes on the site if you're interested in checking them out. Take care!

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  4. Oven roasting your tomato will give you the illusion/flavor of the pepperoni.

    Preheat oven to 400°
    Romas sliced in 5-6 slices, season each side with salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, basil, & oregano. Place on baking racks and cook for 30 minutes on each side.
    Let cool.

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    1. Sorry I wasn't sure how to post my own question but could I replace the mozzarella with sharp cheddar perhaps?

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    2. Certainly! Any cheese that melts well will work. I only use mozzarella because that's the most common cheese I associate pizza with :) Good luck and enjoy! Would love to hear how it is with cheddar!

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  5. I don't have the mini muffin tins. Have you tried this or anything similar in regular size? Just wondering how to adjust the time or give me an idea of what to look for for doneness! I'm relatively new to quinoa and excited to try these out on my family!

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    1. Hi Molly! I have made these in regular size muffin tins before. They don't hold together quite as well as the minis but it still definitely works! I baked mine an extra 10 minutes or so. Hope your family enjoys them! Lots of quinoa recipes here if you need more ideas :) Take care!

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  6. Do you think there's a good egg replacement? Or does it need the egg itself? My kids hate quinoa, maybe i can convince them with this! LOL

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    1. Hi Tiffany! Excellent question. I haven't tried it myself yet, but a flax egg is worth a shot! (Whisk 1 Tbsp. flax + 3 Tbsp. water.) It might also be fine to leave it out completely. Would love to hear if you try it! Hope the kiddos gobble it up! :)

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