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I love being gluten and dairy-free. I feel so much better since switching to this lifestyle. But…sometimes, I really miss pizza. It’s the one food when friends want to meet for dinner that is off the table. For the most part, it seems impossible to find a great slice that is not loaded with pure junk! That’s why my family and I were SO excited when I created this Quinoa Pizza Bowl Recipe…
Life without pizza just isn’t worth living! Am I right?!
Here’s how this recipe came to life….
It was a busy weeknight in the Schollaert household and the fridge was virtually empty. We had eaten down most of our food because we were headed out for a trip the following morning. I had leftover quinoa, two Italian sausages, a random vegetable selection, and a divine blend of raw goat/sheep feta certain to waste away while we were gone. I remember wishing I could just have a pizza delivered. We’ve all been there, right?
I resisted the temptation or maybe realized how awful I would end up feeling if I had succumbed to the temptation. I’m not sure which it was!
I rolled up my sleeves and got to cooking and chopping. I honestly didn’t even realize combining these ingredients would result in tasting like the pizza I had been craving! After one bite, I grabbed the cheese and crushed red pepper and our Quinoa Pizza Bowl Recipe was brought to life.
I just love when simple recipes end up tasting great. Major bonus when I feel like I’m eating something I once loved but now rarely indulge in. The best part about this recipe is it all fits in one pan and is ready in about 20 minutes. Like the advice in this time-saving post, it would also be easy to double or triple and have leftovers for lunch the next day.
Now for the recipe!
Quinoa Pizza Bowl Recipe
- 2 pasture raised Italian sausages, sliced (get clean meats here)
- 2 cups cooked sprouted quinoa
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 2 cups chopped pizza vegetables (tomatoes, olives, peppers, spinach, zucchini)
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 T fresh basil, chopped for garnish
- Optional ingredients:
- 1/4 tsp crushed red peppers, if you like it spicy
- Goat or sheep feta cheese to taste (about 1 T)
- In a medium skillet, over medium heat, add 1 T olive oil with garlic and onion. Cook about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add Italian sausage slices, stirring every 2 minutes until thoroughly cooked. Depending on your sausages, you may need to drain excess grease before the next step.
- Next, add remaining vegetables of choice with Italian seasoning and crushed red peppers. Saute until cooked, but not mushy. Cooking time will vary based on the vegetable selection. Another 2-4 minutes should be ideal for most vegetables.
- Divide cooked quinoa into 2 bowls. Top with sausage and vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil and add other desired toppings.
Are there childhood or ‘junk food’ recipes you’ve re-created or would love to? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!
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