Sunday, April 3, 2011
Quinoa Pizza Heaven
This was my breakfast. Let me clarify. This was one fourth of my breakfast. (The photo you're seeing is on an appetizer plate...I didn't eat 4 dinner plates worth of pizza!) I had my own little personal pizza, and I was in gluten-free, low-amine heaven. Unless I'm reviewing another blogger for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, I generally don't post recipes unless they're my own. But this quinoa pizza was such a revelation that I had to share it with you all. Of course I'm not going to actually post the recipe since it's not mine. That credit goes to Charity of For Life! Personal Chef. I found her recipe when I was searching for a way to adapt my pizza crust to eliminate the starch. While I have yet to figure that out, I came upon Charity's quinoa pizza, and I have to say, it's so good it might just replace my own recipe for my go-to pizza crust.
This pizza requires only 4 ingredients: quinoa, water, olive oil, and salt. Of course, with such a basic recipe, the possibilities for adding spices and herbs are endless. I added fresh parsley to the crust, then topped it with homemade pesto and leftover chicken and broccoli from my dinner last night. The olive oil lent a sinful crisp to the outside, while the inside had the comforting chewiness of pizza crust.
And the best thing? The actual prep for this recipe takes about 5 minutes. You have to know you're making it ahead of time so you can soak the quinoa. But once that's done, all you have to do is blend the quinoa with water and salt, and you've got your batter. Then just bake and you're done! The only thing I did differently than the recipe called for was to add my toppings before putting the crust in for the last ten minutes of baking, rather than adding them after. Aside from that, I followed the recipe exactly.
Click here for Charity's quinoa pizza, and if you start soaking your quinoa now, you can make this for a late dinner, as I just convinced my mom to do!