Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites Recipe

Yields: 24 mini pizza bites
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (from about ½ cup uncooked)
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

Your favorite pizza toppings (finely chopped or diced)

  • Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Black olives
  • Italian sausage (pre-cooked and crumbled)
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

Instructions

1. Prep

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin generously with cooking spray.
  • Cook quinoa according to package directions – for fluffier quinoa, use a 2:1 water-to-quinoa ratio. Let cool slightly.

2. Make the mixture

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, eggs, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Gently fold in your favorite pizza toppings.

3. Bake

  • Divide the mixture evenly among the cups of the prepared muffin tin. Press down gently to compact.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the bites are golden brown and set.

4. Cool and serve

  • Let the pizza bites cool slightly in the pan for 5-10 minutes before removing (this helps them keep their shape).
  • Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

Tips

Rinse your quinoa: Rinse the uncooked quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove any bitterness.

Flavor variations: Experiment with different spices or herbs to customize the flavor. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little kick.

Cheese matters: For the best melted cheese effect, use freshly shredded mozzarella.

Storage: Leftover pizza bites can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven for the best texture.

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