Do I even need to say it? Pizza is ALWAYS a good idea. I’ve gotten into the habit of getting pizza about every other week, but these pizza balls make it so much healthier (not to mention cheaper). They also make a fun little appetizer for parties… I don’t think I really need to convince you of pizza’s other merits, so let’s get to it!

Baked quinoa pizza balls

What you need (makes 8-10 pizza balls):

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup canned or cooked pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dry basil (or about 4 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar of choice
  • About 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (or vegan option to make the whole recipe vegan)
    • A block works best, but you can get by with shredded

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet (or cover in foil and spray lightly with cooking spray). Set aside.
  2. Mash the beans completely in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Taste to see if you need more sweetener.
  4. Roll into balls, push cheese into the center, and roll back up.
  5. Place the balls on the baking sheet and cook 30 minutes. Let broil for a minute at the end for a crispy outer shell

Quinoa pizza ball dough. Quinoa pizza ball with cheese

Nutrition Information (per 5 pizza balls): 336 calories, 3.7 g fat, 6.7 mg cholesterol, 144.1 mg sodium, 1,121.2 mg potassium, 75.5 g carbs, 24.2 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 22.5 g protein