Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quinoa Pepperoni Pizza Bites




2 cups cooked Quinoa
1 cup pepperoni, chopped finely
1/2  cup mozzarella, finely grated
1/4 cup Parmesan, finely grated
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 cup tomato sauce for dipping
Fresh minced parsley for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl place eggs and whisk until the yolks and whites are mixed.  Add in all the other ingredients and stir to combine evenly.  Grease a mini muffin tin lightly (recommend using butter or cold-pressed olive oil and use your fingers or a piece of wax paper to leave a light layer all around the bottoms and sides).  Spoon in quinoa mixture and press down on the tops so the filling is compact.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Use a butter knife to pop the bites out of the pan.  Serve warm with sauce for dipping.


Comments:  The key ingredient in this recipe is the Quinoa.  If you've not tried this tiny little seed, let me tell you a little about it and hopefully you'll give it a try too.  It is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorous.  Its rich in iron, calcium.  It contains all nine essential amino acids.  It's an excellent source of fiber and starch, low in calories and gluten free.  Now, how can something that healthy taste good?  Try this recipe and you'll find out!  I did make 2 changes in this recipe.  I didn't add the salt and I used Pizza sauce for dipping.  But I will tell you, to me, the sauce isn't needed.  This is delicious just as it is straight from the oven.  The original recipe came from Love From the Land so visit the site for more delicious recipes.
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