food and fun

Pizza Quinoa Bites

This post is one I have been meaning to get to for quite some time.

Last year, we were lucky to host a farm concert and gathering of friends.

As with most gatherings, food was a part of the event.  I tell ya what, there are few things better than a potluck meal.  So many beautiful dishes and ingredients!  So many textures and tastes.  Potlucks are a fun way to sample the world of culinary delights.

The recipe I am posting today comes from a big supporter of PTHF, and I can attest to the deliciousness of these wonderful little pizza bites.

So, nearly a year later, I am introducing you to P.G.’s “Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites” as she shared with me.  Enjoy!

Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites – From Iowa Girl Eats  Iowagirleats.com

Makes 24 bites

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 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Pizza sauce, for dipping

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, then spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin VERY well 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 cups 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!)

I used Near East Quinoa blend of quinoa and brown rice (boxed) Roasted red pepper and basil flavored.

Chopping takes a long time so use the food processor.

Can be made a bit smaller and get 36 – 48.

 

Pico de gallo – salsa fresca

Tuesday was a super busy day with lots to harvest and prep for market. It’s that time of year when plants are really starting to produce…kinda all at once! Not a bad problem to have in a market garden. Nope. But when summer interns show up ( i.e. free labor) to help, it turns a busy day into a glorious day.

So, to celebrate, one really must EAT! With thanks to the hard working crew, who allowed me to have time for lunch, we made a fresh salsa (pico de gallo or salsa fresca).

I harvested 2 pints of yellow cherry tomatoes, our first ripe tomatoes from….a volunteer plant (year 2 for showing up and being wild…and the healthiest plant we have…as in the only one to survive last year’s blight). Anyway, I just quartered the tomatoes.

Next, some onion, garlic, a jalapeño and chopped cilantro.

20140723-182019-66019958.jpgThis dish is the main reason I grow cilantro.

20140723-182125-66085990.jpg A pinch of salt if ya like. (Some add a squeeze of lemon or lime…I forgot). Give it a good mix…

Grab some chips and watch it disappear.

All ingredients were from the garden. A great snack after working…in the garden! 🙂