Quinoa? Quinoa. It sounds kind of like a foreign country, right?! Well, fortunately for our sake, it’s not a far-off, mystical land. Instead, quinoa is a nutrient-rich, fast-cooking, whole grain that serves as the star in today’s yummy, kid-friendly pizza bites recipe. Bound together by creamy, calcium-rich cheese, this fun and nutritious finger food is perfect for the whole family, especially when it’s dipped in your favorite pizza sauce.
Our team of dietitians enjoys getting a little Italian flavor from leaner, turkey pepperoni in our bites. However, feel free to swap in other favorite pizza ingredients, like turkey sausage crumbles or diced veggies, to make this dish something your entire family is going to love!
Quinoa Pizza Bites
1 cup cooked (certified gluten free) quinoa
3 large eggs
1 cup shredded mozzarella (or Daiya Mozzarella-Style Shreds for dairy free)
⅓ cup turkey pepperoni, cut into small pieces
¼ tsp. salt
Pizza sauce (for dipping)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 18 mini muffin tins with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients and transfer to mini muffin tins.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until browned. Immediately transfer to cooling rack. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
Yield: 6 servings
*Per Serving: Calories 150, Total Fat 8g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 115mg, Sodium 440mg, Total Carbohydrate 8g (Dietary Fiber 1g), Protein 12g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 15%, Iron 6%
*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.
Emily Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods.