These quinoa pizza bites are the perfect toddler quinoa bites or work well as quinoa appetizers. Filled with greens, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and cheese, these veggie quinoa bites are great for kid friendly gluten free meals.
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Have you ever been in the mood for a pizza snack recipe? Like not a full piece of pizza, but pizza flavor? Enter these pizza quinoa bites!
When figuring out what to name these healthy toddler quinoa bites, I figured quinoa pizza bites were perfect because they are like mini pizzas.
Healthy mini vegetarian pizzas for toddlers. Or call them quinoa meatballs if your child likes meatballs.
I’ve learned that how you name and describe things is very important in kids deciding if they will try them or not. Just my two cents for parenting.
That happens to me because quinoa can be so plain and I run out of ideas.
Think about this quinoa bite recipe!
Quinoa is a small and messy grain, I know, but quinoa recipes for kids are abundant. The key to making kid friendly quinoa recipes is making sure the quinoa holds together well, so toddlers and babies alike can grab it.
Like this pizza veggie bites recipe, for example. Quinoa patties are another great way to hold quinoa together for quinoa recipes for kids and make for a great quinoa appetizer.
Specifically, I think this makes for a great quinoa recipe for toddlers, though, because they can be so picky and off and on about food. At least in our house, if it tastes like pizza, it’s usually a go any night of the week.
Plus, these are essentially plant based meatballs if you’re trying to introduce your toddler or kids to more plant-based eating habits.
These are also an easy way to introduce veggies and gluten free pizza bites for baby, too. They hold together well so once baby can grab food, this can be a great option for baby led weaning.
I plan on writing more about baby led weaning once our second little one arrives and we do solids. It worked REALLY well for Camryn. I truly feel like it’s why she’s such a great eater, and we’re lucky she’s not a picky eater.
You really only need 6 key ingredients plus some spices to make this quinoa appetizer or quinoa snack recipe. If you don’t like kale in these kale and quinoa bites, leave it out or try spinach.
Of course, feel free to add in any additional add in’s! Diced zucchini or shredded carrot would also be delicious.
The red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and mozzarella cheese help give these quinoa bites the best pizza flavor.
To make these mini pizza bites with quinoa, decide what veggies you want to include. You can customize these mini pizza baby led weaning bites how you’d like.
We like to shred up some spinach or kale, and add some canned tomatoes to make them juicier.
First, you’ll cook your recipe and let it cool.
You only need 1 cup of cooked quinoa, so we tend to make a bunch of quinoa at once, and double the recipe so we can toss quinoa bites on pasta, salads or just have as a snack!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the ingredients for the meatball and quinoa recipe in a bowl and roll into small quinoa meatballs shape.
Put them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then you just bake them for 13-16 minutes.
These pizza quinoa balls are super quick and easy and are one of my tried and true gluten free dinners for kids.
Yes, we actually plan on freezing a bunch before the new baby arrives next month.
To freeze after baking, just let them completely cool. Then, store them in a freezer-friendly ziplock bag (we love these reusable ones).
Then, just reheat in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them. I know when life is busy, Camryn will be thankful we made these toddler quinoa bites in bulk ahead of time.
Checkout some of my other kid friendly quinoa recipes:
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What’s your favorite way to use quinoa?