Friday, June 22, 2012

Food For You: Quinoa Pizza Bites

Since it was a million degrees here in New York yesterday, I decided to stay in the nice air conditioning and make some tasty bites to snack on. These quinoa pizza bites are super easy to make and quite delicious. They're perfect for entertaining or as a snack for kids. Plus, they're relatively healthy (compared to regular frozen pizza bites) at 175 calories per serving (5 bites).

You'll need:

-2 cups of cooked quinoa
-2 eggs
-1 cup chopped onion
-1 cup shredded mozzarella
-2 cloves of minced garlic
-1/2 cup fresh, chopped basil
-1 cup chopped pepperoni (or leave it out if you're vegetarian!)
-1/2 tsp seasoning salt (I substituted with salt, pepper and powdered garlic)
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp dried, crushed oregano
-Your choice of sauce (i.e. marinara, tomato and basil sauce...)

First, cook your quinoa by package directions. About 1 cup of dried quinoa makes 2 cups cooked. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
Next, prepare all other ingredients in a bowl. A food processor makes your life much easier when chopping the onion, garlic, basil and pepperoni.

Mix all of your ingredients together (except dipping sauce) and plop tablespoon fulls of mixture into greased mini muffin tins.

Bake these little babies for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven. When done, let cool for a few minutes before taking them out. Serve with your sauce and tada! Time to chow down!

Told ya it was easy! Enjoy!

Recipe from here.

Photos: Myself

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