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!

21 comments:

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

Oh my this looks good. Did you use a metal cake pan? That's one thing I don't own, but I guess I could use either a cast-iron skillet or a glass pie pan with the same results.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Wow, it looks fantastic, Iris! Those last two pictures have me drooling here. ;-) Love the simplicity factor and quinoa is so healthy for you. :-) I'm working on a new grain-free, dairy-free pizza myself. Everyone loves pizza!

xo,
Shirley

Iris said...

Valerie, I used a metal cake pan, but I think a cast-iron skillet would work well.

Thanks Shirley! Can't wait to see your crust when you debut it!

Angel7 said...

We love pizza in our household, and I love quinoa! So, the two together are a perfect combo!

Thanks for telling us about it!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

J3nn said...

That looks really doughy and delicious!

The Stoner Gourmand said...

oooooooooh. I just polished off a bowl of quinoa pilaf with goat cheese. I've never thought to use it for pizza. Very intriguing, cant' wait to try!

hunterslyonesse said...

That's my kind of pizza crust! 4 ingredients like Amy's and endless possibilities! :D

The Gluten-free 'Dish' said...

I am really glad you posted and shared this recipe. Like you, I am wanting to adapt my pizza crust to be starchless! That's not a word, I guess, unless you are trying to eat grain-free, hehe! Love the pics they are amazing, Iris!

lizschau.com said...

Looks delicious! I will definitely link this one to my clients on gluten-free and grain-free diets. Thanks so much for sharing!

Maggie said...

Okay, this looks and sounds fantastic. I'm heading over to check it out. Thanks for sharing Iris!

selene @veganlicious said...

yes! thank you! this looks so good and i am so so in need of pizza pizza pizza.

Ricki said...

Oooh, sounds so good! I think I can start soaking right now for tomorrow's breakfast. . .

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing Iris! This looks so simple and delicious. I will definitely be giving it a try.

Emilie said...

I made this last night and it was, indeed, delicious. (I only soaked the quinoa for 4 hours and it worked, but a longer soak would have probably been easier). Mini-sized it would be fantastic for hors d'oeuvres.
Thank you for posting!

Iris said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Emilie! And I love the idea of making mini ones for hors d'oeuvres.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Ooh, I could soak quinoa on my way out the door tomorrow morning, and come home after my soccer game tomorrow and make this for a quick dinner. (I was planning on eating random leftovers, but I like this better!) I am excited - I love the idea of socca, but chickpeas hate me. Quinoa, however, does not!

Iris said...

I hope you enjoy it, Alta!

Charity Dasenbrock said...

Hi Iris, I am just now coming here and look at your post. Lots of yummy comments as well. Thanks for the mention. :) I, too, love the idea of mini ones.

I made this again not long ago and had leftovers for breakfast with a fried egg. I try hard to do proper food combining and so not have grains and protein together but I do have to say, it was so yummy!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Omg iris. Thank you for sharing this. Made it tonight using a cast iron skillet and it was so so good! Definitely my pizza crust from now on!

Iris said...

You're welcome, Alta dearest! Such a wonderful recipe and I'm so glad to be sharing it with you all!

withoutadornment said...

Thanks for sharing your pizza links with me, Iris! I am especially impressed by this recipe. Once my pizza crust mix is finished, I think the next time I make pizza I am going to try this crust because I love how easy it is!

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