Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites

Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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This is a recipe from my baby blogging days that I’ve reworked and updated over the years. It’s made with a lot of pantry staples and shelf-stable ingredients you may have in your cabinet right now!Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites -

The basic formula is: 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa, 1 to 1 ½ cups diced mix-ins/veggies, 2 eggs, 1 cup mozzarella and seasonings.  Customize with whatever favorite pizza toppings you have on hand!

Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites


  • 1 ½ cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup diced canned tomatoes rinsed and chopped again to make smaller pieces
  • ½ cup marinara


Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Saute onions and garlic in 1 teaspoon oil until translucent and tender, about 3 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

Mix together all ingredients except pizza sauce.

Grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray or your preferred oil. Then spoon one heaping tablespoon of mixture into each cup. Push down with the back of a spoon so that the top of each muffin is flat.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then use a butter knife to run the knife around the edges and pop out the bites.

Heat the marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!

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Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD, is a Phoenix-based registered dietitian, personal trainer, nutrition counselor and communications specialist. Read her blog, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.