Thursday, February 28, 2013

Healthy Quinoa Pizza Bites

Hey loves!

As some of you may know, I've been on a huge health kick lately. (I think it may have something to do with bathing suit season coming up!) I've been going to classes at the YMCA near my house and making a conscious effort to cut out sugar and incorporate more whole foods into my diet.

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite healthy snacks of all time. These Quinoa Pizza Bites taste completely indulgent (seriously... JUST like pizza!) but they are really freakin' healthy. Each one has less than 50 calories!


Healthy Quinoa Pizza Bites

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (or a quinoa/brown rice blend)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup fat free shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup diced bell peppers
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Dash of salt

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine quinoa with one cup of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes (or until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed most of the water).

2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until well mixed.


3. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and using a spoon, divide mixture evenly among muffin tins.

4. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden on top.


5. Let cool and dig in - don't forget the pizza sauce for dipping!


Nutrition:
(One serving. This recipe makes two!)
Calories: 285 • Fat: 4.7 g • Protein: 19.5 g • Carb: 39.6 g • Fiber: 6.2 g

This recipe makes up 12 pizza bites, which is quite a lot. You can refrigerate them and eat them later as a snack or a light lunch, and they really are amazing. I LOVE pizza, but it's not exactly a bikini-friendly food. These pizza bites taste just like the real thing - without all the guilt! 

Love, Cait

27 comments:

  1. These look great! xx

    Amanda @ RhymeandRibbons.com

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  2. 1st of all we have the same name :) 2nd of all those look delicous and I NEED to make them!
    Caitlin www.o2befitmom.com

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  3. Awesome skinny snack idea! I've been on a health kick lately too. It's definitely because I know warm weather, pool days, and sundresses are right around the corner. I'm adding this to my list of skinny recipes to make. :)

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  4. You had me at quinoa! I am pinning these right now. My husband would love them too!

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  5. Girlfriend!!! I'm going to make these!!! And Caitlin Dunlevy is a friend of mine from when we lived in Blacksburg! She's incredible and super into health and fitness.

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  6. Interesting! I'm going to have to try these out. Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. LOL The words "healthy" and "pizza" in the same sentence is intriguing in it's self! :)
    Semirah from http://soundofcharm.blogspot.com/

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  8. These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

    AKB
    asouthernbrunette.blogspot.com

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  9. What a great idea! These look delicious. x

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  11. Looks and sounds delicious!! Yum.:)

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  12. I´ll try the quinoapizza one day, BUT I just love the plate with the blue pattern, where have you bought it?

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  13. These look amazing girlfrand! I am having the hardest time finding quinoa in Madrid. I'm having withdrawals...... ah.

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  14. You have to tell me about quinoa. I am too scared to try it! Is it just your everyday grain? Texture? Taste?!

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  15. My mouth is instantly watering. These look amazing.

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  16. these sound SO delicious and healthy

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  17. Hmmm I wonder if I could get my husband to try these? ;-)

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  18. i love this. as a vegetarian, quinoa is a staple in my meals. i am going to make these tonight! thanks for the recipe!

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  19. You got me thinking there! The board short season (for men) is fast approaching and I don't want a bulging belly on the beach! Maybe I should start eating some healthy food options like this. Now that people are wanting to be healthier, it's easier for us to grab what we need on the supermarket. There are more healthy variants on the shelves now than before. So, if you're really concerned about your health, then you have no excuses.

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  20. Glad you posted on these! I have seen them on Pinterest and have wanted to try them. I will def have to make them now. I do quinoa a lot, so these will be great! and keep sharing healthy recipes.. I am on a health kick too!

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  21. I might have to try these! Bryce and I tried quinoa last year and weren't impressed but actually just last night discussed the fact we should give another recipe with it a try!

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  22. This are smelling lovely in my oven! Can't wait to try them!

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  23. Sure, it's not “pizza” but it does the trick while adding extra nutrients to our dinner.

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