Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIAW: Quinoa Pizza Bites

Today, instead of talking about running adventures, I'm sharing my recent food adventure!

At the beginning of the month, mr. C and I went WHEAT FREE! I downloaded a copy of the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health and cleaned out the cabinets. We are doing this as an experiment. Neither one of us have a medical issue or health concern. We just want to see if we will really feel better by eliminating all wheat/gluten from our diets.

While tossing all of the food that had wheat in it, I was shocked to see how many bread products we were using at each meal. I was tossing out English muffins, bread, tortillas, buns, and pasta. Then I moved on to reading labels and tossing sauces, soups, cereal, and chips.

Soon, I was thinking, What are we going to eat? My meals have been so programmed to include some sort of wheat product, that I worried we would be starving!

I was wrong.

Over the past four weeks, I have been learning a lot about food and trying some new recipes. In my last WIAW post, I shared some of the smoothie recipes I've been making. Recently, I tried quinoa for the first time.

Lack of planning on my part forced me to modify the recipe I found online because I didn't have the exact ingredients, but I don't think it interfered with the end result at all.

When I make this again, I will definitely use mozzarella cheese and fresh basil as the original recipe lists and a little more pepperoni.

Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?

You can also find tons of great recipes at Jenn's WIAW link up!


  1. YUM! these quinoa pizza bites look phenomenal!

  2. They were so good and filling! I'll be making them again soon!

  3. I need to read this still. Ive been GF for 20 years and I want the husband to at least TRY :-)

  4. The quinoa pizza bites sound delicious, Amy! I need to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. It really isn't as hard to give up wheat as people think, but like you said- wheat is in everything! The perspective that you are giving is so awesome and these quinoa bites sound wonderful! :)

  6. I'm so glad that we tried...feeling really good!

  7. It HAS been easier than I glad that I tried!

  8. I am SO glad you posted this recipe! I have a bag of quinoa in my pantry and some leftover eggs in my fridge, and I haven't known what in the world to do with them! Problem solved, plus these look great!

  9. This looks awesome! I have been having tummy troubles so I recently cut out wheat, diary, and processed sugar. It made a world of difference

  10. Quinoa is a staple at our house. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. So versatile!

  11. I read wheat belly a few months ago. I felt like it took me forever to read. Don't get me wrong it was a great read, but I prefered the human stories over all the science-cy stuff.
    I've been wheat free this month because I've been doing whole30, and yes I have to agree with you Wheat (as well as soy) is in EVERYTHING. Everything I pick up (if it's in a package), I will read the label, doesn't matter if I will buy it or not. 99% of the time it goes back on the shelf.
    A lot of people are like "what's left to eat", food, the real stuff. And there are so many awesome recipes out there.
    I only tired Quinoa recently, didn't think much of it, don't get me wrong it was nice, but I can live without it.

  12. That looks soooo yummy! :) I have a bag of quinoa here sitting in my pantry. I don't know what to do with it! Good thing I found this recipe! SOunds delicious! I may have to try this! Thanks!!!

  13. Those look so tasty! I like to add quinoa to salads and soups. A little extra hit of protein!


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