HAPPY HUMP DAY! Man, for being such a busy week, I feel like we are moving at a glacial pace. I’ll admit, I’ve been sneaking home from lab early this week to beat the cold (it has been 50 degrees in our building due to heating issues), but it has made for more time for recipe creations and pictures–which brings me to today’s recipe, Quinoa Pizza Bites!
I’ve been making these for quite some time now, but am just getting around to blogging about them. They are great for so many reasons. Pizza is one of my most frequent cravings—but I do not want to splurge on that many calories that often! These pizza bites satisfy my craving, are gluten free, AND can be adapted for a vegetarian diets…heck, with the base of quinoa, egg, and cheese, you could come up with a lot of creative combinations!
The other thing I love about these pizza bites is that they store well in the fridge and are great for grab-and-go lunches. Other than cooking the quinoa, these are super quick to whip up and they pack a lot of protein thanks to the quinoa as the “crust”!
Quinoa Pizza Bites
1 heaping cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella shredded cheese
1/3 cup chopped tomato (I used roma)
1/3 cup chopped onion (yellow or white, I’ve tried both)
1/2 cup cooked ground beef or turkey (can substitute mushrooms for the vegetarian folk!)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. pepper
1 beaten egg
Pizza sauce for dipping
Prepare quinoa according to directions on package preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, adding the egg last. Mix thoroughly, as the egg is what holds the bites together! Press a heaping spoonful (about 2 tbsp) into a greased muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes. This recipe usually makes 9-10 bites.
**Sometimes, I add in one egg + one egg white if I feel my mixture isn’t sticking together before I put them in the muffin pan.
**I despise mushrooms, but my friends who are vegetarians RAVED about these when I made a batch with mushrooms instead of beef. Veggie lovers, I think you could come up with some AWESOME combos!
And lastly, I’ll leave you with this embarrassing picture I took after I was trying to be creative with the pizza sauce. Pizza sauce does not drizzle as pretty as glaze! 🙂
Now you tell me…what would you put in YOUR pizza bites? And have you ever taken a food photography course?