I love quinoa, the mother grain! In case you aren't familiar with it, quinoa is a wonderful small cous-cous-esque whole grain with a delicious nutty flavor. In addition to fiber and essential amino acids, this healthy whole grain is packed with protein, a whopping 8 grams per serving!
This recipe was designed as a side dish but packs enough punch to serve as an entree. Often I will have it for dinner with a simple italian side salad. It's fast, easy, kid-friendly and satisfies that notorious pizza craving in a much healthier way!
A one cup serving of Quinoa contains:
220 calories (70 percent carbs, 15 percent fat, 15 percent protein)
40 grams of carbohydrates (13 percent daily value)
8 grams of protein (16 percent daily value)
3.5 grams of fat (with no saturated fat)
A glycemic load (blood sugar spike) of only 18 out of 2505 grams of fiber
20 percent of daily value of Folate (various forms of Vitamin B)
30 percent of Magnesium daily value (beneficial for people with migraine headaches)
28 percent daily value of Phosphorous
Iron (15 percent)
Copper (18 percent)
Manganese (approximately 60 percent)
Quinoa is loaded with life-sustaining nutrients, including all eight essential amino acids. The Incas reverently called quinoa "chisaya mama", mother of all grains. :)
Easy-Cheesy Margherita Pizza Quinoa
1 cup Quinoa
1/4 cup chopped Fresh Basil
1/4 cup Shredded Vegan Mozzarella
1/4 Sundried Tomatoes, julienned (oil packed or rehydrated)
1/2 cube Vegetable Boullion (optional)
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 large diced Roma Tomato
1 tsp Olive Oil (or other oil)
Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste
Cook quinoa according to package directions, with or without added half vegetable boullion cube.
*Careful not to overcook.
Cool for a few minutes, add all other ingredients, save diced tomato and some of the basil. Season to taste.
Serve quinoa hot and garnish with the fresh diced tomatoes and reserved chopped basil.
There you have it; easy-cheesy Margherita Pizza Quinoa! Enjoy! :)
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*Statistical information consolidated and edited based on content found at www.mnn.com