Monday, February 10, 2014

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Hey everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  Today was a busy day at work, and I'm already anticipating the day off next Monday for President's Day!

Last week for the Super Bowl, I was looking for something to make that would be healthy and tasty.  The Crock Pot Drumsticks from last year were a good choice, but I wanted something a little more portable and bite-sized.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found the perfect thing...
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Quinoa Pizza Bites!  After reading this post with the recipe, I knew I had to try them!  I doubled the recipe on that blog (which I will post below) and served the bites with some seasoned Prego sauce.

When I told Joe what I was making, he kind of teased me about it thanks to this Bud Light commercial that's been airing this football season.

Luckily, these looked (and tasted) a lot better than a loofa!!
Ready for the recipe?

Quinoa Pizza Bites (makes 36 mini-muffin sized pizza bites)

-1 cup uncooked quinoa
-2 large eggs
-1 cup chopped onion
-1 cup fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-2 tablespoons dried basil
-2 teaspoons dried oregano
-a pinch of salt

-Cook quinoa as directed on the package.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
-Spray the bottoms of a mini muffin tin with olive oil cooking spray (or other spray of your choice).
-Place about a tablespoon's worth of quinoa mixture in each muffin tin (should almost fill each tin).
-Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top.
-Let them cool before popping each bite out of the muffin tins.  Serve warm with marinara sauce to dip!

A few comments about this recipe:
-I would have liked them a little more cheesy!  I think adding another 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the mix.  
-I think a little bit more garlic, basil, and oregano would make these extra good, especially if you choose a plain marinara sauce.

These received a great reception at the Super Bowl party and are the perfect healthy appetizer to bring to a gathering!  These could also be served as part of a smaller, appetizer-type dinner.


Question for you: What'd you bring to your Super Bowl party this year?  Do you have a go-to healthy appetizer-type recipe?  I'd love to see them!


  1. Yummm, these look AMAZING!! I've never had anything quite like this, so I'm totally going to have to test these out at my next event!

    1. You should! They turned out really good, and everyone seemed to enjoy them!