Superbowl is here and that usually means heavy, greasy food. I created a recipe that gives you the illusion of eating pizza but in a much healthier way. My delicious Quinoa Pizza Bites are gluten free so they are easily digested. Quinoa is also an excellent source of a complete plant protein. These bites are a great snack for the big game or on the go without the guilt. Your kids will love to eat these. Option to make with pepperoni’s or try vegetarian as well.
1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa (2 cups cooked)
½ tsp of olive oil
3/4 cup of marinara sauce (1/2 cup for dipping)
1 cup of shredded mozzarella (1/2 use in mixture and ½ used on top)
1 cup small pepperoni’s (optional)
1 tsp of garlic powder
2 tsp of Italian seasoning
1 tsp of oregano
2 tsp of hot sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped basil for garnish
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Toast quinoa in a heated pan with olive oil for 5 mins. Keep stirring as not to burn. This gives the quinoa a nuttiness flavour.
3.) Fill a pot with 1 cup of water and a dash of salt. Add in your toasted quinoa. Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with fork.
4.) In a large bowl, mix cooked quinoa, one whisked egg, ¼ cup marinara sauce, ½ mozzarella cheese, pepperoni’s, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, oregano and hot sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fill mixture in a greased 12 mini muffin tin pan or 9 x 3 baking pan. (you can also use parchment paper for easy cleanup)
5.) Place 1-2 spoonful in each muffin tin and pack tightly.
6.) Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Add remaining ½ cup cheese on top of mixture.
7.) Place in oven under Low-broil for additional 4-5 minutes. Keep an eye as not to burn.
8.) Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle basil on top and serve with remaining marinara sauce for dipping. Bon appetite!