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Quinoa Crust Pizza with Roasted Zucchini & Peppers

This Quinoa Crust Pizza with Roasted Zucchini & Peppers is truly worthy of any pizza competition.  The crust is hearty, has texture, is crispy on the bottom, and has amazing flavor.  Topped with sweet and meaty veggies and creamy mozzarella, this pizza is a gluten-free heavenly treat!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Quinoa Crust

  • 3/4 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Roasted Veggies

  • 1 Zucchini, medium
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

Other

  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cooking Spray (Coconut oil or Olive Oil)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Prepare Veggies for Roasting

  1. Cut the Zucchini in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/4 inch slices.  Slice the red pepper. 

  2. In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.

  3. Place the veggies on a sheet pan and lightly spray them with the oil spray.  Then sprinkle them with the seasoning mixture in the small bowl.  Turn the veggies over and do the same to the other side.

  4. These can roast in the oven at the same time as the crust for 10 minutes.  Or you can roast the veggies before cooking the crust.  

Make Quinoa Crust

  1. Rinse the Uncooked quinoa thoroughly in a strainer.  Place the quinoa in a bowl and cover with water to soak overnight.

  2. After the quinoa has soaked for 6+ hours or overnight, rinse it again.

  3. To a food processor, add the soaked/rinsed quinoa, baking powder, salt, water, and salt.  Pulse and then blend in the processor until fully combined and smooth.  Scrape down the sides as needed to ensure all is incorporated.

  4. The mixture will be like a thick batter vs. a pizza dough.

  5. Add the Oregano to the mixture and then pulse to combine.

  6. Pour the quinoa dough into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with a coating of Oil.  I like to use a spray oil for just a light coating.  Smooth the crust out with a spoon.  Finally, sprinkle a little fresh ground pepper.

  7. Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes.  Then remove it and flip it over.  The parchment makes pulling it out of the pan super easy.  

  8. Place it back in the pan and bake for another 5-10 minutes.  Then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack until ready to assemble the pizza.  You don't need to fully cool the crust, you just do not want it to steam and get soggy if it sits in the pan.

Assemble the Pizza!

  1. Place the crust on a sheet pan and layer on cheese, zucchini, and red peppers, then more cheese.

  2. Put back into the oven for another 10 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and starting to brown.

  3. cut, serve, and enjoy!