Taste The Rainbow Tomato Pizza With Quinoa Crust

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I think everyone’s favorite food is pizza. It is definitely in my top favorites food items. And, is consumed at least once a week. Life just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t have pizza at least once a week. I personally believe that a pizza is a complete and balanced meal. You have a grain, veggies, meat, and fat; all on one conveniently easy and delicious vehicle to consume. The toppings combinations are endless, and frankly, pizza NEVER gets boring.

There are many many types of crusts out there too. You can make them, or buy them ready made at the store. I have purchased and prepared several different kinds, but this one is too good not to share. Any meal that I can say is guilt-free and it tastes delicious is too good not to share!

Behold the quinoa pizza crust…

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I had some extra quinoa in my pantry. I combined it with eggs, a touch of cheese, and a few spices.

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Form your preferred curst shape on a piece of parchment paper.

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And, bake until golden brown. By baking the crust first it makes it crispy enough to hold all of the pizza toppings you going to load on top.

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After I look it out of the oven, I add big chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese, and thick slices of steak tomatoes. It is currently tomato season, and the grocery stores have so many varieties of tomatoes available. Once you bake these tomatoes in the oven, they become soft, slightly sweet and act as a quick roasted tomato sauce. 
IMG_1617IMG_6796 After my pizza was finished baking, I topped it off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You can find this pre-made in the oil and vinegar section at your grocery store, or you can easily make your own.

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Serving suggestions – You could serve this crust as it is when it comes out of the oven, with a side of marinara, cheese sauce, or garlic-butter. You could make this into cheesy bread sticks even. Or add any of your favorite toppings to make a pizza. Cut into small pieces and serve as an appetizer to snack on or just for a dinner. The possibilities are endless, as are pizza topping combinations!

Ingredients:

1/2cup Quinoa
1T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1cup Water
2 Large Eggs
1/2tsp. Pepper
1/4tsp Salt
1/4tsp Garlic powder
1tsp. Dried Basil (or any dried Italian herb-oregano, parsley, mixed herbs)
1/4cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

Toppings of your choice

Directions:

  1. Make the quinoa according to the packaging instructions. I toasted the quinoa with one tablespoon of oil first, then added the water and cooked.
  2. When the the quinoa is finished cooking, take it off the heat and place in a bowl. Allow it to cool enough that you can touch it.
  3. In another bowl, mix the eggs, cheese and all of the spices you wish to add.
  4. When the quinoa has cooled enough add in the egg mix and stir to combine.
  5. On a baking sheet spread out your “dough” in the shape that you like.
  6. Bake until it becomes slightly crispy and golden brown.
  7. Then add your favorite toppings and bake again until the desired doneness of your toppings. About 10 minutes.
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Roasted katamata olives, basil and garlic with a side marinara dipping sauce.

 

 

 

 

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And, this is what you get when you let your bf ‘decorate’ his own pizza. 75% marinara, ham, pineapple and cheese. A lox corner. And, just a touch of fig and goat cheese. Perfection.

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