Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clean Eating Quinoa Pizza Bites

One of the most important parts of making clean eating a lifestyle versus a temporary change is learning to make your favorite foods clean. One thing I'm totally obsessing over lately is clean pizza and cauliflower pizza, and now I have another clean pizza recipe to throw in the mix! These quinoa pizza bites are great because they give me a way to incorporate quinoa into my diet which I really need to start doing more often. Quinoa is one of those super foods with an endless list of benefits but for some reason it's never been a staple in my kitchen. This easy recipe incorporates all the flavors of pizza we all love with none of the fat or grease! 


Ingredients
1 cup dry quinoa
1 egg 1 egg white
1/3 cup cottage cheese
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian spices
1 tsp paprika
Turkey pepperoni cut into quarters (you can use as many as you'd like)
Clean marinara sauce for dipping (I like Monte Bene)
Optional: low fat mozzarella cheese for topping



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place quinoa along with 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn down to simmer until water has cooked off. 
3. Allow quinoa to cool for a few minutes so that the eggs don't cook when you combine ingredients. 
4. Combine all ingredients except marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. 
5. Placed into a prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. 
6. If adding mozzarella, add to top and place back in oven for 2-3 minutes. 
7. Serve warm with warm marinara for dipping. 

17 comments:

  1. I LOVE quinoa!! I tried making a pizza crust one time by adapting a recipe I saw but it was an epic failure!! I will definitely have to try this! LOOKS GREAT!! Thank you!

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  2. How many of these would you eat per serving?

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  3. I love the fact that these are easy to grab and go! I think I'd even throw some on top of a salad:)

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  4. Just made these with a little bit of salsa instead of meat, they are amazing, I love your recipes x

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  5. What could i replace the cottage cheese with? :)

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  6. Which brand of turkey pepperoni do you use? All the ones I have found have BHT and other preservatives. :(

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  7. mmm those look yummy! I am always trying to find easier and healthier ways to make anything with the word pizza in it! (:

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  8. So I didn't have quinoa or enough turkey pepperoni, so I combine this with your clean pizza. I did 1 cup oats instead of quinoa and 1 turkey sausage instead of pepperoni. YUM! Thanks for the idea.

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  9. These look so good! Can't wait to try them!

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  10. I would have never thought about combining these ingredients! Thanks. I'll have to try these!

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  11. Sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it!!

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  12. We made these this week and they were great! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. Yay! I looooove so many of recipes! I just made a batch of quinoa and wasn't sure what to do with it. Problem solved! I'm like you- I've never had it as a staple. I tried it once a couple years ago in a soup and it was a disaster, I think I was a bit scarred! I finally took the plunge again though and I'm convinced my experience will be much better this time around, especially thanks to your recipe! =)

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  14. Sounds yummy. I am vegan and love finding ways to make a clean pizza. My favorite is using a nice big portabello mushrooms and loading it with sauce, veggies and sprinkling it with nutritional yeast (gives it a cheezy flavor).

    I love quinoa. My favorite way to eat it is in the morning like oatmeal w/ cinnamon, almond milk and a piece of banana for sweetness.

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  15. Just made this for dinner and these bites are AMAZING! SO delicious ! Thank you!

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  16. Hi! I made these and followed the recipe however the when I tried to take them out of the cupcake tray they fell apart... any advice??

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