Motherhood · Tastes + Treats

Toddler Friendly Quinoa Pizza Bites

Being the mom of a potty training toddler means that not only do I have to remember to put on my underwear each day (which has a 50% success rate), it means I also have to remember to check the status and presence of hers too. Lately, in the evenings, we have been playing outside with a tribe of our neighbors who all have kids around both of my girls’ ages (and sometimes in the presence of Solo cups of wine). Last week we were sipping and playing, and Nora Beth got into (instigated? Eh. Who knows.) a tussle with the oldest boy neighbor, fighting over a bouncing Thomas ball. While I like to encourage her to share, I was also pretty proud of her (the youngest and smallest big kid) for holding her ground and being assertive. Butttt then somehow the pair ended up on the ground together, and for a minute, I wasn’t sure whose lily white fanny was sticking straight up into the air. But then I remembered. It was my child. Commando in the cul-de-sac. I laughed and shook my head while rolling my eyes to the ground, where I spotted myself in the slippers I’d meant to take off. Apple. Tree.
Here are some quinoa pizza bites assembled and approved by my bare tooshy’d girl (ours are particularly green since she dumped about 1/2 c. of basil in them).
Quinoa Pizza Bites
1 c. cooked quinoa
1 large egg
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella (or choice of shredded cheese)
1 T. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
pinch of salt
8-10 pepperonis quartered (optional)
pizza sauce for dipping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of your ingredients (except the pizza sauce) in a mixing bowl until it is well mixed.
Lightly spray the bottom of a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each muffin tin (essentially filling the cup). Bake them for 15-20 and let cool. Serve them warm with pizza sauce to dip in!

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