This Italian Quinoa Bake is like your favorite pizza order in one healthy dish, ready in 10 minutes and full of healthy protein and fiber. You know I am the clean eating recipe queen, but I still loves pizza. This healthy quinoa bake is a great alternative to my kale pizza crust and much quicker to make.
If I ask my 4 years old girl what she wants for dinner she always says pizza. It is weird because she never eat pizza crust. That is why I usually make super thin pizza crust – she would eat my low carb Almond flour pizza crust for sure. But, mainly what she likes the most is the tomato sauce and toppings. That is how I came up with the idea of making healthy pizza quinoa bake. It is basically a one dish dinner that taste like pizza with no crust.
We did many quinoa bake recipes lately using different grains and vegetables – mostly vegetarian quinoa bake like this broccoli quinoa bake. Surprisingly, the italian Quinoa Bake had the highest success. I was surprised because I am usually the only one who loves quinoa in this house. Quinoa is such a nutrition gem, full of fiber, plant based protein and it is gluten free. I meant to tell you, over the weekend I removed gluten from my diet and I felt a huge difference.
Can you believe that I am now eating vegan and gluten free. Argh! Who is going to invite me with this diet ! Anyway, I don’t care, it makes me feel so good. Oh, yes the cheese I used in this recipe is vegan cheese, a combo of vegan mozzarella and vegan cheddar from angel food brand. There cheese is made of pea and maize starch and incredibly melt like regular cheese. Plus, kids loves it. I always do small pizza bake for kids, much more fun to eat.
Back to this Italian Quinoa Bake. It is pretty simple to make. All you need is 5 ingredients and a bunch of pizza toppings you like. If you are not into quinoa you can try millet, brown rice, amaranth. Anything works. As you can see below I used a combo of red rice, quinoa and brown rice.
Enjoy this simple 30-minute Italian quinoa bake recipe and thanks for reading the blog. I will have few weeks break from now as I am flying to France to met my family. It has been 3 years that I did not see my mum, dad and sister. My two kids will meet there cousin for the first time as well. I am very excited to go and I can’t wait to be in summer to enjoy more healthy zucchini recipes.
Talk to you soon.
Nutrition Panel is for one serving using vegan cheese. This recipe serve 6 people.