Pizza Quinoa Two Ways

Growing up close to New York, great pizza had always been a staple in my diet. With Two Boots pizzeria opening up so close to my apartment, I have to be careful with how often I succumb to the delicious smells of freshly baked pizza. Luckily, I came up with a couple of ways to satisfy the craving.

Pizza Quinoa Bites

adapted from Fit for Success

Ingredients
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 egg
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 cup mozzarella (I used TJ’s vegan one)
Asst. spices: fresh or dried basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper

Directions
1. Cook your quinoa according to the directions on the package and preheat the oven to 350.
2. Combine the cooked quinoa with the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. Spray the mini muffin tin with cooking spray or olive oil, and fill them with a spoonful of the mixture in each spot.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
5. Serve them with marinara sauce for dipping (I used TJ’s Arrabiata Sauce).

pizza quinoa bites

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 Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients
2 portobello mushroom caps
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
TJ Arrabiata Sauce (or your choice marinara sauce)
1/2 cup vegan mozzarella
Asst. spices: fresh or dried basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper

Directions
1. Cook the quinoa with 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water and lots of fresh basil leaves.
2. Preheat oven to 400. Bake mushroom caps for 10 minutes.
3. When all the water has been absorbed from the quinoa pot, stir in the tomato sauce, cheese, and remainder of the spices.
4. Spoon half of the quinoa mixture onto one mushroom cap, and half on the other. Put a spoonful of more sauce and a sprinkle of additional cheese on each.
5. Broil for 3-5 minutes on high.

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Bonus: World’s Best Broccoli

This broccoli is a great snack or side dish for the recipes listed above.

Ingredients
1 bag pre-cut broccoli florets
~1 tbsp olive oil
Balsamic vinegar spray
Salt/pepper
Lemon

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. In a bowl combine the broccoli, oil, a few sprays of the balsamic, and salt/pepper until all the broccoli is coated.
3. Spread the broccoli out on a foil lined baking sheet.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
5. Squeeze lemon juice over broccoli and serve.

 world's best broccoli

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