So you would think that living in North Bay for the majority of my life I would be used to this cold weather. However, that is not the truth, this so called “polar vortex” has made us house bound. So instead of sitting there like a bump on a log we decided to focus our energy into cooking.
Luckily, I was visiting with my best-friend (more like sister) Kate, we came across this unique recipe for Gluten-free Quinoa Pizza Muffins and began cooking.
These muffins were oh so satisfying. They offered the excitement of having a pizza but didn’t have the unhealthy aspect of eating a slice of pizza. The quinoa acted as dough and the chosen toppings acted as though they would on your favourite pizza. The bonus was using a homemade pizza sauce because it added that extra taste of home.
I knew these muffins were a perfect snack from the start; filled with protein, great flavour and in a bite-sized muffin.
so excited while cooking I completely forgot to take a picture once they were finished. Sadly (or not so sad) enough we devoured them rather quickly which left none for a picture. I promise next time I will remember to take photos so that you’re not left hanging.
Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
1/2 cup roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped (we forgot to add this)
1/2 cup black olives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (we didn’t think that they needed this)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pizza sauce for dipping, I used a homemade spaghetti sauce but you can use any pizza sauce that is your favourite.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl. Distribute mixture into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup to the top and press down gently to compact. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Broil on low for two more minutes.