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Chicken, bacon and ranch quinoa pizza cups

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

Healthier recipe for pizza night

Quinoa isn't exactly a substitute for pizza, we know. But we also know those pounds aren't just going to drip off themselves. To help keep our weight in check and still indulge in our favorite chicken, bacon, ranch pizza, we made these lighter quinoa cups!

Chicken bacon and ranch quinoa pizza cups

Each little cup has all of the flavors you love in pizza, just with fewer carbs and a few added healthy benefits too, like high fiber and lots of antioxidants. Put a few of these on your menu for "pizza" night, they may get some funny looks at first, but they'll be gobbled up when you turn your head!

Chicken, bacon and ranch quinoa pizza cups

Yields about 16 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped or shredded chicken breast
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the quinoa, egg, onion, Parmesan, ranch dressing, bacon, chicken, basil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.
  3. Press the mixture into the muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Serve with additional ranch and enjoy!

More fun quinoa recipes

Healthy nibbles: Quinoa pizza bites
Quinoa peanut butter banana bread
Cinnamon breakfast quinoa with berries & nuts

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