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Quinoa Pizza Crust
Blissful Quinoa Pizza Crust with Carrot Ribbons and Shallots {from my New Cookbook, Eating Clean}
Prep Time
1 d
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 d 30 mins
Free of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs and sugar. Vegan, Vegetarian.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: quinoa, pizza crust, carrot, shallots
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 838 kcal
Author: Amie Valpone
  • 1 cup quinoa soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed (see note)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup Heirloom Tomato Sauce page 318
  • 2 large carrots peeled and cut into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Dairy-Free Creamy Cashew Cheese page 308
  1. Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the quinoa in a food processor with the broth, chili powder, salt, and pepper and process until smooth.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet in the oven for 5 minutes. Add the oil and swirl to coat the skillet, then heat for another 5 minutes. Add the quinoa mixture to the skillet and press it evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the crust over and bake until golden brown, another 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Spread the Heirloom Tomato Sauce on top of the crust and cover with the carrots, basil, and shallot. Bake for an additional 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the Dairy-Free Creamy Cashew Cheese, a drizzle of oil, and, if desired, a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Even though the grain chart in this book says soaking isn’t needed for quinoa, it is needed for this recipe; it will not work if the quinoa is not soaked overnight. If you want to prepare the crust in advance, remove it from the oven before adding any toppings and let cool. When ready to serve, preheat the oven, add toppings, and bake as instructed.

Nutrition Facts
Blissful Quinoa Pizza Crust with Carrot Ribbons and Shallots {from my New Cookbook, Eating Clean}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 838 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 629mg27%
Potassium 1243mg36%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 10671IU213%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.