Quinoa Cakes – Pizza Style

Just popping in to share this recipe with you right quick.

I’ve been quarantined in the apartment all weekend, bound and determined to ditch this cold. It’s left me a little stir crazy — so the cleaning has been in full force and some projects I’ve been meaning to get to, are finally getting the attention they deserve.

My Mamasita pinned some quinoa bites on Pinterest and then she did something that few pinners do… she made them! She told me about the recipe, then I fussed around with it — you should make these today.

Quinoa Cakes – Pizza Style 

adapted from So Very Blessed

These little nuggets would be pretty tasty with any combination of ingredients: buffalo chicken, taco flavors, lime chicken and black bean – all sorts of options. Perfect for football Sundays, appetizer parties, or just a light lunch. Dip them into a little pizza sauce, and if you’re smart, stash some away before your husband snags the last one. 🙂

1 cup cooked quinoa

½ cup (heaping) mozzarella cheese

½ cup pepperoni or ground Italian sausage

¼ cup onion, diced

¼ cup green pepper, diced

2 tablespoons pizza sauce

1 beaten egg

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 teaspoon Penzeys Pizza seasoning

Salt & pepper to taste

Olive oil to grease pan

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and grease mini muffin pan, greasing to the top of each cup. (this made 18 to-the-rim cakes – but try putting less in each and going for 24 mini cakes) Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl and combine well.

Using a cookie scoop (1 ½ tablespoon) or a spoon, fill each cup with mixture. For best results, do not overfill. Press down to pack mixture firmly into cups.

Bake for about 15 minutes, heating through. Cheese will start to bubble, creating a nice, crispy top. Allow to set in pan for at least 5-10 minutes, after removing from oven. Use a spoon to gently release from sides of cup.

Dig in!

We finally popped open our bottle of sparkling wine that was supposed to be used to celebrate Valentine’s Day — but with both of us feeling down and out, and me spending the entire week bed-ridden, the celebration was put on hold. So today, while I clean and work on some organizing projects, I’m doing it in style.

Cheers to a productive Sunday!

What are your Sundays reserved for — laundry, cleaning, shopping for the week, or do you combine cleaning with a beverage too? 

This post is part of Thank Goodness it’s Quinoa (TGIQ) over on The Queen of Quinoa, check out her site for all kind of quinoa goodness!

18 thoughts on “Quinoa Cakes – Pizza Style

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  2. Yumm these sound delicious!! I will definitely be making them this week. I’m thinking of adding little meatballs on top! You have to let me know if you try the other flavors – especially the Mexican flavored ones 🙂

      • I’m have my Tennis Board meeting tonite and am making these!
        I’ve been waiting for a reason to make them so I don’t eat them all myself.

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I never thought of using quinoa in any other way than a “salad” so to speak. Never thought of them holding together in this way….sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try them!

    • They were gone in no time! 🙂 Funny that even though they were pretty healthy, that that pizza flavor satisfied my pizza craving. I’m one of those people who could eat pizza everyday, so I have to get creative sometimes to keep the jeans fitting.

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