Pizza Quinoa Muffin Bites

Trying to avoid packaged foods in your children’s lunches?

Try this pizza alternative your kids are sure to love, featuring filling quinoa. The edible seed has been showing up in health-conscious diets in recent years. It’s filled with large amounts of flavonoids, as well as plant antioxidants that provide a variety of health benefits.

The best part about this recipe? You can cook up a batch of 12 at a time (even more if you want) to prepare in advance for future school lunches that week.

Photo credit: yoglimogli

Ingredients

·         2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled slightly or chilled (about 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa – be sure to rinse well before cooking)

·         2 whole eggs

·         2 egg whites

·         2 cups chopped pizza toppings (pepperoni, black olives, pineapple, ham, onions, sausage, peppers, etc.)

·         1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

·         1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

·         1 tsp. Italian seasoning

·         Pizza sauce, for dipping

Pizza Quinoa Muffin Bites

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a baking sheet with foil, then spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. Add all ingredients except pizza sauce to a large bowl then stir to combine. Fill mini muffin tin cups to the top with the mixture then place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from cups. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.
3. To freeze: Place baked muffins on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag. Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you're reheating.
4. For regular-sized muffin tins: Bake for 25-30 minutes (Note: I have not tried this myself, although several readers have left comments saying this works!)


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