Quinoa Pizza Bits – Healthy Snack

quinoa pizza bites

I’m a HUGE snacker.

I like to graze throughout the day instead of eating 3 meals. I also prefer appetizers to actual main courses. A night watching my favorite TV is not complete with out something to munch on. This gets me in trouble as it sizes me out of my skinny jeans.

I’m always looking for healthy yet tasty and fun snacks. There is only so many carrots and celery a girl can eat. I also would like the snack to be filling and nutritional. How many of us have sat and gone through an entire bag of baked BBQ chips and end up still starving? Or is that just me?

That’s when I decided to mix up and bake these Quinoa Pizza Bites. They’re fun (pizza!), easy, and healthy!

You get all the powerful benefits of Quinoa. In case you didn’t know Quinoa is a SUPER food which:

1. Is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.

2. Is FILLED with Fiber – making you feel fuller longer with fewer calories.

3. Contains Iron – to help keep our red blood cells healthy as well as increases brain functionality, regulation of body temperature, and aids in aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Contains lysine – essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Is rich in magnesium to help with migraines, reduce Type 2 diabetes, detoxification, energy production and formation of healthy bones and teeth..

6. Contains a high content of manganese – a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent damage and protect red blood cells.

 Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 large egg
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. fat free shredded mozzarella
1 t. minced garlic
1 T. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
pinch of salt
pizza sauce for dipping
Directions:
1.  Boil the quinoa and 1c. water and cover. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes (until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender).
boil the quinoa
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of your ingredients (except the pizza sauce) in a mixing bowl until it is well mixed.
quinoa mixed
3. Lightly spray the bottom of a mini-muffin tin with olive oil spray. Scoop ~1T. into each muffin tin.
quinoa baked
4. Bake them for 15-20 and let cool. Serve them warm with pizza sauce to dip in!
I’ve also dipped them in ranch and honey mustard for a twist! They are very filling and just 2 or 3 will fill you up as a snack. Enjoy!

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite go to meal – Skinny Chicken Enchiladas! These are so tasty and easy!

Best part:1 enchilada only has 150 calories and 7 grams of fat! (for comparison, a regular chicken enchilada has around 320 calories and 13 grams of fat…) 

Ingredients:

Makes 8 Enchiladas

8  8-inch whole wheat tortillas

Enchilada Filling

  • 2.5 cups of cooked chicken breast, shredded (4-6 chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 whole green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Enchilada Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Salsa (I prefer the Mango Peach Salsa from Costco)
  • 1/4 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt (plain)

Additional ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Salsa (to place on the bottom of the dish)
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (to sprinkle on top of enchiladas before placing in the oven)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a  9x 13 pan with cooking spray
  3. Sautee onion and green pepper until onions are lightly brown
  4. In a large bowl, prepare the enchilada filling. Mix together cooked chicken breast, greek yogurt, onion, green pepper, cumin, and cheese
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of salsa on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place 1/4 cup of enchilada filling mixture in the center of each tortilla and wrap to create your enchilada. Place each enchilada in the pan with seam facing down.
  7. Create the enchilada sauce by mixing together the 3/4 cup of salsa and 1/4 greek yogurt.
  8. Pour the sauce on top of the enchiladas
  9. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the enchiladas.
  10. Place enchiladas in the oven and cook for 20-30 until cheese is melted.
  11. Serve enchiladas immediately with optional toppings

Try not to eat the whole pan in one serving!

YUM!

xoxo katie