Think you can’t enjoy a delicious pizza whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Well, I have the answer to your prayers, which this amazingly simply Quinoa Pizza recipe.
Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-noa’ is a complete protein meaning that contains all of the essential amino acids that our body requires keeping functioning properly, looking after our muscles and overall health. This is such a versatile ingredient, so much so that I am going to be creating a few more recipes with it.
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy free (if you swap your cheese options mind!) and vegan friendly too, so everyone can have a slice or four. The entire pizza is for one person which is incredibly if you have a big appetite like me, and also if you don’t like sharing!
Makes two 10 inch pizzas
- 80g quinoa
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pink salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 50ml water
- 1/2 tube of tomato puree
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs
- 1/2 red onion
- 40g selected cheese
- Fresh spinach and rocket
- Extra toppings (optional)
- Cook quinoa for 20 minutes on a medium heat for 20 minutes, until soft and you start to see the little white curls coming out of it.
- Leave to cool down for around half an hour
- Once quinoa is cooled, pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 5
- Add quinoa to a food processor and add in oil, salt and baking powder and blend until fully combined. It should become a smooth batter
- Prepare a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then spread quinoa mixture into a circle evenly.
- Place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on it until is goes lightly golden and crispy.
- In the mean time, prepare your toppings, chopping finely if needed.
- Remove base from oven when it is cooked, and allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding tomato puree. Use the back of a spoon to spread.
- Then place your toppings over and cook for another 25 minutes, until the base and toppings are cooked well.
- Serve on a bed of fresh rocket and spinach and enjoy!
It is that easy to make your very own healthy pizza and the taste is unbelievably good! I think that the texture and flavour of this style of base, is very similar to the classic doughy bread, so you really don’t feel as though you are missing out.
Let me know what you think and what sort of toppings you have on your pizzas – my favourites are chicken, sweetcorn, and pineapple!
Remember to use the hashtag #thegrowingbutterfly and tag me in any social media posts if you give this a go.