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Mini Quinoa Pizzas: For all the Family

Posted June 19, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn

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Quinoa is such a healthy and delicious food that is so versatile – you can put it with most things. On this occasion, I have used it to make these yummy mini pizzas and adapted the recipe for both vegetarians and non.

The main mini pizzas use pepperoni (or without for vegetarians), tomatoes, mozerella and onion and lots of lovely spices and herbs. I’ve also tried versions with salmon and another with feta cheese and peas.  All of them were yummy.  They make great healthy snacks, lunchbox additions, party appetisers and kids love them! In fact, these are popular with all my family – even my husband who didn’t think he liked quinoa. He did indeed ask me to make another batch.

Continue reading for the easy peasy recipe and watch the video which makes it even easier and shows you step by step how it’s done.

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Adapted from Popsugar.co.uk – makes 12 muffin-sized bites at only 96 calories each.

INGREDIENTS

  • 175 grams uncooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 mozzarella balls or approx 15 little ones – shredded
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 22.5 grams fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
  • 15 plum / cherry tomatoes, diced (use as many as you like depending on tastes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the quinoa and 470ml of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

TIP: It’s worth keeping an eye on the quinoa since, in a covered pan, the water can absorb really quickly.  If this happens and you end up with no water, add little by little to keep it simmering but don’t over do it.  You don’t want soggy quinoa.

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 4/ 180 degrees
  • Mix together all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Distribute mixture into a greased 12-muffin tin, filling each cup to the top and press down gently to compact.

TIP: Ensure there are new chunks of tomatoes, onion and such like at the edges since this will make the cooked pizza fall apart.  The video shows you how to do it correctly.

  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping, with salad and fries or just on their own.

Done!

I made them fun for my toddler to eat by arranging a variation of snacks in a food tray which proved successful.  I think the fruit yoghurt smiley face had something to do with it.  The things we do eh?

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If you like this recipe, there are loads more in the Modern Mum and Living sections, plus you might want to come back and see the kitchen gadgets review for creative food ideas for fussy toddlers next week.

If you try this recipe please leave a comment to let me know how you got on or tweet me your ideas, images and questions @BethanieLunn #FoodieFriday

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