EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS HEALTHY RECIPE

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Everyone seems to be obsessed with anything that’s served in a bowl lately, and I’ll admit I’m no exception.  There’s something about digging a spoon into a big bowl of deliciousness that is oh-so-comforting.  (And as a food stylist, I’ll also add in that bowls are oh-so-pretty!)
So when I was craving pizza the other day, I randomly decided to try tossing all of my favorite pizza ingredients into a new set of ramekins I just bought.  (<–That’s an affiliate link, for anyone in the ramekin market.  I totally recommend them!)  I’m a big fan of pepperoni (always), green pepers, red onions, mushrooms, mozz, and Parm.  In lieu of crust, though, I just cooked up a quick batch of quinoa, stirred it together with my favorite pizza sauce, and then added that to the mix.
EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS HEALTHY RECIPE
EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS HEALTHY RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (dry) quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite pizza toppings (I used pepperonis, diced green peppers, diced button mushrooms, and thinly-sliced red onions, but see other ideas below*)
  • optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cook quinoa in the chicken or vegetable stock according to package instructions.  (Or you can use this tutorial for how to cook quinoa.)
  3. When the quinoa has finished cooking, fluff the quinoa with a fork.  Then stir about 1/2 cup pizza sauce into the quinoa until evenly combined.  Set aside.
  4. Lightly spray 6 large (10-ounce) oven-safe ramekins with cooking spray.  Place the ramekins on a large baking tray.
  5. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of pizza sauce evenly over the bottom of each ramekin.
  6. Layer each with about 1/4 cup of quinoa, and spread with a spoon to flatten.
  7. Layer each evenly with pinch of shredded Mozzarella.
  8. Layer each with a single layer of pizza toppings.
  9. Repeat by layering each with another layer of sauce, quinoa, Mozzarella, pizza toppings, followed by a final layer of Mozzarella.  The ramekins should be full but not overflowing.
  10. Transfer the baking sheet full of ramekins to the oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are heated through.  At this point, you can either remove the pizza bowls from the oven.  Or if you'd like to get the cheese extra golden on top, you can turn the oven to "broil".  Then -- keeping a close eye on the cheese so that it does not burn -- broil the pizza bowls until the cheese is golden on top.
  11. Remove and sprinkle each pizza bowl with a pinch of Parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers, if desired.  Serve immediately.
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