Quinoa Pizza Bake

Apr 09 2012 by
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In the last few weeks I’ve been going through bags of quinoa at an alarming rate.  I can’t stop eating the Quinoa Lettuce Wraps!  After my husband caught me in the kitchen a few days ago making another batch he told me I needed to seek help for my addiction!  Ok, maybe I had gone a little overboard.  Maybe it was time I started eating other foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Of course I still had the batch of quinoa that was cooking on the stove that would need to be used.  I had planned on making pizza for dinner so I improvised a bit and came up with my newest addiction.  Enjoy!

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a 50/50 mixture of black and white quinoa but any variety will do)
  • 14 ounces no salt added tomato paste
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onions
  • heaping 1/2 cup Homemade Breadcrumbs *see notes (if you follow a gluten free diet make sure to use gluten free bread when making your breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Gold Oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese + additional for topping, optional (I used Daiya Mozzarella Shreds)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the tomato paste, garlic, onions, breadcrumbs and oil.  Mix well.
  3. Add in the cooked quinoa and cheese, if using, and stir well until throughly mixed.  Do a taste test and if necessary add a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between four 16 ounce ramekins or 1 large casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese if desired.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cheese is golden brown or until the quinoa on top is golden and crispy.
  6. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 main dish servings or 6-8 servings as a side dish.

Serving size 1 main dish serving.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 388.5, Cal. from Fat: 120.5, Total Fat: 14.5g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 56g, Fiber: 9g, Sugars: 10g, Protein: 10g, Sodium: 824mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

If you don’t have any Homemade Breadcrumbs on hand you can season your quinoa as follows:

  • 1/4 cup store bought or plain homemade breadcrumbs (you can easily throw a piece of toast in a blender and pulse until you have crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/16 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/16 tsp onion powder
  • 1/16 tsp garlic powder

Leftover quinoa bake can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

My son, who loves cheese, liked the quinoa pizza bake with the added cheese.  My daughter and I preferred it without.  My husband liked both ways.  Unless you’re a cheese lover I would try it first without or divide the quinoa pizza in half and add cheese to only have of it and bake in 2 separate containers.

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Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    Totally understand your obsession! Will try out this recipe!

  2. Shawn says:

    Made this the other night. I sauteed the garlic and onions first. It reminded me of spaghetti casserole. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Carrie Rouse says:

    Hi Sarah- this looks delicious! I have a question for you- is this something that you could make an extra one of and freeze?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Carrie,

      I’ve made this many times now and I never have leftovers last long enough to need to freeze them! LOL! You can easily freeze quinoa by itself and later thaw it to use in recipes and such. Once you freeze it though unless you thaw it completely the texture tends to change a bit in the microwave. If you do freeze the pizza bake I store it in a freezer safe container that is also oven proof. The quinoa will keep it textures much better if you reheat it in the oven.

      ~Sarah

  4. Liz says:

    This was delicious! I haven’t loved the flavor of quinoa and want to eat it but wind up not loving the recipes I make with it…This was the first time I was really impressed with a quinoa recipe…thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Liz,

      I’m glad to hear you liked it. Truth be told I’m not a fan of plain old quinoa. I could never just grab a spoon and dig in. But once you add some flavors and different textures I have no problem with it at all. This pizza bake and our Quinoa Lettuce Wraps are 2 of my favorite quinoa recipes ever!

      ~Sarah

  5. Natalie says:

    Wondering how to incorporate some kind of green – thoughts on throwing in some spinach or kale into the bake?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Natalie,

      You could definitely throw some spinach or kale into the mix. Broccoli would be a yummy addition as well. Let us know how it turns out!

      ~Sarah

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