Today I have a fun recipe to share with you. It’s a quinoa casserole that tastes like your favorite pepperoni pizza! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a whole grain that is high in fiber AND protein. A mere one half-cup (cooked) provides 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
Quinoa is one of the few grains considered a “complete” protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs to function properly. Most complete proteins come in the form of animal products (meat and dairy). On the other hand, most other grains (rice, oats, bread, etc.) are classified as “incomplete” proteins. This means they must be paired with other foods in order to get all the amino acids our body needs. Thus, quinoa is a great protein source for vegetarians and those who do not consume much meat or dairy.
Ok, done with the nutrition lesson for the day! Make this recipe the next time your in the mood for pizza. You’ll save yourself money and calories without sacrificing taste.
Pepperoni Pizza Quinoa
1 C quinoa, uncooked
1 C water
1-24 oz. jar marinara sauce
½ C onion, diced
½ bell pepper, diced
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped
1 ¼ C shredded mozzarella cheese
18 turkey pepperonis
½ C black olives, diced
Preheat oven to 3750 F and spray an 8X8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine quinoa, water, 1 C pizza sauce, onion, pepper and mushrooms. Add to casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with mozzarella cheese, pepperonis and olives. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Top with extra marinara sauce if a more “saucy” pizza is desired and enjoy!