Welcome to the February edition of healthy dinners!
This month we are featuring quinoa crust pizza. Full disclosure: this is not a pizza. If you have pizza purists in your family (my children insist that only Costco frozen pizza is real pizza), then call this dinner something else! I go with cheesy sausage pie for my family.
This is my new favorite pizza! Sure, the crust takes a little getting used to. But once you accept cauliflower as a substitute for rice, a pizza crust made out of leftover quinoa is not that much of a stretch. It doesn’t hurt that it happens to be tasty and full of protein and fiber, too!
Just like regular pizza, the toppings you choose have a huge impact on the nutrition. I am a fan of a little chicken sausage, a lot of veggies, and a modest amount of cheese. Mozzarella cheese works just fine, but try doing feta, Parmesan, or another stronger cheese. Boulder flavored cheeses let you put the less on the pizza without compromising on overall taste.
Here’s the recipe…
3 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup pesto
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice!
Serves 4-6 adults
Preheat your oven to 425° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the quinoa, eggs, pesto, and mozzarella.
Pour mixture onto parchment paper and use a nonstick spatula to spread it into an oval shape. It should be about ¼” to 1/3” thick. (The mixture will seem kind of wet.)
Bake this crust for 30 minutes.
Add your favorite toppings, and bake until the cheese is nice and melty. Enjoy!
A few notes…
- This is a great dinner to involve kids in the cooking! Mine like to crack the eggs, stir the crust, and add the toppings (heavily supervised, because the pan will be hot!)
- If you’re adding meat, try sautéing it with mushrooms before adding it to the pizza! The mushrooms absorb the flavors, so you can use a lot less meat.
- I use regular pizza sauce on this, but just a little. Too much sauce will make it soggy. Try diced sundried tomatoes instead. Such a pop of tomato flavor!
- My favorite combination is roasted garlic chicken sausage, sautéed mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and feta cheese. A serving of this combo is around 400 calories and 25 grams of protein. I didn’t break down all the nutrition, because it varies so much based on the toppings you choose.
Have fun cooking up a healthy pizza! Check back next month for another healthy, easy, family-friendly meal!