Quinoa Pizza Bites

I tried 2 recipes today that appeared in my inbox this morning.  The first was a Paleo Pumpkin bread that, apparently, Lauren Conrad loves.  Total waste of my time and money! I took a bite and literally spit it out.  That couldn’t be right, because the instagram photo looked so good. So, I tried a second bite. Same reaction. It was disgusting!  Gelatinous texture with weird after taste. That has not happened very often.  My 13-year-old daughter tried it and had the same reaction.  I told her to feed it to the chickens.  Would you believe that the chickens wouldn’t even eat it.  They ran over eagerly, took a few pecks and then said, uh, no thank you and walked away.

Don’t pity me yet!  My second recipe was for the quinoa pizza bites.  I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids and these are perfect for lunch boxes or snacks on the go.  My 13-year-old daughter said “you would never know these were quinoa, they are perfection.”  She has a flair for the dramatic.

My kids occasionally eat poultry and cheese so these will be a great option for them.  If you follow a plant-based or vegan diet, you can omit the pepperoni and substitute your favorite pizza toppings, like spinach, mushrooms or finely chopped broccoli  and vegan cheese. You can also substitute a flax egg.  Just let me know if you want a full recipe for a vegan substitute and I can work it out for you.

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So here is the recipe adapted from Live Well Bake Often.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 and ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup mini turkey pepperoni (i used applegate farms)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a mini muffin pan well with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until fully combined.
  3. Fill the muffin tins to the top  and gently press it down. You should end up with about 18-20.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and serve with marinara sauce (optional).
NOTES
Store leftover quinoa pizza bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Let come to room temperature or reheat before serving.
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