Quinoa “Pizza” Crust

Healthy and easy - comfort food at its best

Healthy and easy – comfort food at its best

Summer time and blogging just do not seem to go together. I hardly seem to be home at the moment and when I do cook for myself, I just throw together something super quick.  But then last week I really needed one evening just vegging out on my couch with a movie. And what goes better with lounging around for an evening than pizza?!

But as I spent most my other nights that week at restaurants or dinner parties I really wanted to eat something healthy. A regular pizza can hardly be called a healthy. This pizza, on the other hand, is fabulously healthy: think bowl of quinoa with some veg and an (optional) sprinkle of cheese. I have experimented with quite  a few different bases, and this one is among my favourites.

And if this has not convinced you: this pizza is easier to get right and comes together much quicker than a regular pizza dough. Basically you whiz some pre-soaked quinoa in a food processor  voila your super-healthy pizza base is ready to be baked. Within no time you can sit on the couch, put your feet up and enjoy the comfort of a guilt-free pizza.

 

Ingredients
(Found on the blog ‘Deliciously Ella‘)
1 pizza

2/3 cup of quinoa (soaked for at least 8 hours)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp dried herbs (for example rosemary, basil, oregano)
optional: chili flakes
salt, pepper
oil

Recipe

  1. Soak the quinoa in plenty of water for at least 8 hours or over night.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (390F).
  3. Drain the quinoa.
  4. Place quinoa into the food processor adding the vinegar, herbs, chili (if using) and salt and pepper.
  5. Whiz the quinoa, scraping down the sides a few time until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Wipe a pizza dish with a little oil (do not skip this step).
  7. Pour the mix in the pizza dish and spread out evenly.
  8. Bake about 10 minutes.
  9. Add toppings of your choice and bake for about 10 minutes until hot.

Tips & Variations

Consider some of the following toppings

  • Tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, onion rings, tuna, (light) mozzarella cheese and a hanful of rocket once the pizza is cooked.
  • Tomato sauce cherry tomatoes, artisjoke, olives and a hanful of rocket once the pizza is cooked.


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13 comments
    • afracooking said:

      I really only discovered quinoa about two years ago and it is just unbelievable versatile it is. Pizza, rissotto, salads, fried patties. Fabulous!

  1. I don’t eat normal white flour anymore but do eat a lot of quinoa lately & I love it

    ! This is such a creative quinoa pizza crust so I made it 2 already! My husband Peter & I both loved it immensely! It was superb!!!!!!!!! Xxxxxx

    you are such a great Cook. X Waw!

    • afracooking said:

      It really is amazing how many healthy (and fabulous tasting) alternatives there are to regular flour! I am loving the wholesome recipes you post as well!

  2. what a fabulous recipe!!! thank you SO much for sharing!🙂

    • afracooking said:

      I got really excited when I discovered this recipe. So healthy, so tasty! Glad you like it as well!!!

  3. Liz said:

    This sounds unique and interesting and easy to make. I have to try this out one of these summer days. You are very right about summer and blogging though, it does get very tricky. My son recently turned vegetarian so the next time he visits I will whip out this quinoa pizza recipe, he loves eating quinoa. Thanks so much for sharing this and have a wonderful summer!!! Thanks for stopping by…

    • afracooking said:

      Cannot wait to hear what you thought of it! Curious to know what topping you think works best with it!

  4. Hey Afra! Where have you been?? Missing those weekly posts of yours!🙂

    • afracooking said:

      That is so sweet of you to say! Really touched me! I have no idea where the last few weeks have gone. Somehow summer days seem so much shorter😉

  5. That is an amazingly clever pizza base!!

  6. I was about making quinoa mix with rice and beans for dinner but my mind was changed after seeing this post. it is a very refreshing way to eat quinoa, thank you for sharing.

    • afracooking said:

      Glad you enjoyed the idea!

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