Monday, August 13, 2012

Meatless Monday: Quinoa Pizza Bites

When I ran across this recipe for Quinoa Pizza Bites on Pinterest, I wanted to try them out immediately. I am always on the look out for new things to do with Quinoa, since it is an excellent protein source and also happens to be delicious in a nutty sort of way. The recipe was a piece of cake to make vegetarian, I simply substituted vegetarian pepperoni for the real thing. You could also just leave it out, which is what I'll do next time, because it turns out fake pepperoni doesn't do much for me. This recipe yielded 3 dozen "bites" and I enjoyed it both for a snack and for lunch along with some fresh veggies.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 Cups cooked Quinoa
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 package vegetarian pepperoni, finely diced
  • 1 cup veggies of your choice, finely diced (I used onion and bell pepper, but any veggies you like on pizza would work well!)
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
What You'll Do:

Mix all the ingredients together. Spoon mixture into greased mini-muffin tin, filling cups to the top. Lightly smoosh them down a bit so they stay together well. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool and serve with pizza sauce. These also freeze well! Next time I'll make a double batch and stock my freezer up!

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