Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Muffins

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.

Photo of ingredients Mixed Together. I have to admit, they didn’t turn out quite as pretty as I had hoped and saw on Little Red Delish or So Very Blessed however, they sure did taste good. That’s what matters though right?

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.

I got 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.

Enjoy!

Mackenzy

Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

Adapted from: Little Red Delish & So Very Blessed

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.

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