Have you guy noticed on Pinterest that Quinoa seems to be all the rage right now?
Did you know what Quinoa was before the recent popluarity?
Do you kind of know what it is? Totally know what it is?
I had heard the word before, Quinoa…just kind of rolls off your tongue right…hahaha.
KEEN-WAH. At least that is how this west coaster says it. I could be totally wrong. TO-TA-LEE.
I was in the group of “curious”. I was kind of intrigued by this power house little grain that everyone swears by. It seemed like it was the answer come true for the Gluten free diet.
Again, super intrigued.
So I decided to peruse Pinterest, a favorite time-waisting explosion of ideas in gallery form that is really altogether quite wonderful.
I came across several ideas, but the Quinoa Pizza Bites seemed to offer just what this Momma needed. A way to present this new and interesting grain in a 100% kid friendly menu item.
What is more kid friendly than pizza? Or heck, what is more kid friendly than something in bite form?
At my house, not much.
So I made our family some Quinoa Pizza Bites.
These little health powerhouse Pizza Bites were a hit almost the whole house around. My smallest eater had me pick out the green bits. I maybe should have chopped the basil up smaller.
Paired up with some pizza sauce this made a kid-friendly meal that also filled the Momma’s healthy food quota.
So if you, like me, are intrigued by quinoa but haven’t been sure how to introduce it to your family, I recommend these for sure. If you, unlike me, already have cooked with quinoa, add these to your list of quinoa favorites.
They will be a hit, especially if tiny green bits aren’t your kid’s kryptonite.
Quinoa Pizza Bites
adapted from So Very Blessed
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 -7 0z bag of turkey pepperoni, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp dried oregano
pizza sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan (you can use a regular or mini pan)
Mix together everything but pizza sauce.
Evenly distribute into greased pan. If you use a regular pan, this will fill each cup about to the top( ABOUT 1/4 cup full). If you use a mini pan, it will make about double.
Bake for 20-25 minutes for regular pan and 15-20 for mini. They should be firm.
Let them set and cool slightly.
Serve with pizza sauce.
Feeling healthier already!