Rainbow pizza!

Make your own quinoa pizza base for a nutritious twist!

Aprons on? Let‘s Cook!

30 mins
30-40 mins

This pizza is made with a quinoa base which is much quicker and easier to make than traditional pizza dough (and a lot healthier too!). Ask your children to help choose what vegetables to use to make the colours of a rainbow and to help decorate it!

Ingredients

Ingredients for the pizza base:

  • 1 cup of quinoa, uncooked – 120g
  • 1/3 cup of water – 80ml
  • 1 large tablespoon of olive oil – 10ml
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Ingredients – toppings:

  • 1 cup of passata
  • 1 cup of grated cheese e.g. cheddar or parmesan
  • Chopped vegetables to make a rainbow – here are some ideas:
    • Red – cherry tomatoes, red pepper
    • Orange – orange pepper, carrot
    • Yellow – sweetcorn, yellow pepper, pineapple
    • Green – broccoli, spinach, basil, peas
    • Purple/blue – red onion, red cabbage, beetroot

Equipment

  • Food processor/blender
  • Sieve
  • Bowl for soaking quinoa
  • Spatula
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray
  • Spoon

Allergens

Dairy

Directions

1 Soak your quinoa in bowl of water for a few hours (overnight is best if you remember!)
2 Preheat your oven to 180c (200c non-fan assisted)
3 Rinse your soaked quinoa in a sieve, then add it to a food processor or blender with all of the other crust ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy (this can take a few minutes). It should resemble a thick pancake batter - if it looks too thick just add a little more water and whizz again in the blender
4 Pour your pizza dough mixture onto the middle of the baking tray lined with parchment and use a spatula to shape it into your pizza base. NOTE: this shouldn't be too thick, about 0.5cm, just like a pizza! You can either make one large pizza or two medium sized pizzas
5 Cook in the oven for around 15 mins until slightly browned and then carefully flip it over and cook for another 10 mins on the other side until golden. If it doesn't come away from the parchment easily then let it cook for another few mins before flipping over
6 While your pizza base is cooking chop all the vegetables you have chosen to create your rainbow topping
7 Remove your pizza base from the oven and top first with passata, then with grated cheese and then the really fun part - build your rainbow!
8 Cook for a further 8 - 10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Don’t forget to take a picture of your masterpiece so you can show all of your friends and family what you created

Fun fact! Quinoa has been consumed for thousands of years in South America – they believed it to be sacred food!  It is one of the few plants foods to contain all essential amino acids (the ones your body can’t make on its own) also known as a ‘complete protein’.

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