Have you ever noticed how versatile quinoa is? It’s an excellent substitute for rice, addition to breads, ingredient for a cold salad, filler for a quiche, element in a meatloaf, crispy bits for homemade chocolate, etc.
As a seed, quinoa is similar to a grain. It can be consumed as a seed or boiled for a softer texture. Most often people boil the seeds to get a rice-like result.
One of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy quinoa is in a quinoa pizza bite. First of all, who doesn’t love pizza?! These part muffin, part meatloaf bites are a healthy and tasty combination of the essential pizza flavors. When my mom reduced her carbohydrate intake, these quinoa pizza bites satisfied her just as much as real pizza!
Pepperoni (of course), plenty of cheese, and the typical pizza herbs: onions, garlic, basil, and oregano. Mix in a bit of season salt or cajun seasoning for an added depth of flavor. Combine those ingredients with a few eggs plus the cooked and cooled quinoa. Bake in muffin tins or a meatloaf pan. Then enjoy your healthy pizza substitute!
Did I mention that these freeze well? After baking, allow them to cool completely. Freeze in zippered bags or air tight containers. To thaw, allow to sit in the refrigerator overnight, or microwave over medium heat until thoroughly warmed.
Trust me, you will want to make a double batch of these goodies so you can eat some today and have the rest later! P.S. They are an excellent choice to throw in your lunch box too!
- 1 eggplant, diced
- 2 to matoes, diced
- ½ pound of ground beef
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- cooking cream, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Place ground beef in a pan with a dash of salt and pepper. Heat until the beef is no longer red. Set aside.
- In a separate pan, cook the eggplant, tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic until eggplant is fully cooked.
- Place the ingredients in a greased casserole dish layer by layer in this order: eggplant mixture, ground beef, then cheese on top.
- If you would like it to be more creamy, then you can add 4 tablespoons of cooking cream.
- Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g