Quinoa Pizza Balls with Ranch Sauce

Number of Servings: 10 (65 g)
Active Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
Quinoa Pizza Balls with Ranch Sauce

This is the kind of dish you’ll need to file under “peculiar but fun.” And flavorful. The hands-on messiness of forming the quinoa balls and the reliable kid-pleaser that is ranch dressing make these a great recipe to try with your kids.


  • Pizza Balls:

    • ½ cup quinoa
    • 1 (15.5 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    • ⅓ cup tomato paste
    • 1 tsp. minced garlic

    Ranch Sauce:

    • ¾ cup plain, low-fat yogurt
    • ½ tsp. dill
    • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp. onion powder
    • ¼ tsp. salt


  1. Mix all ranch sauce ingredients together and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. When the quinoa is finished cooking, transfer it to a medium bowl. Add the rest of the pizza ball ingredients and mash together to form a mixture that will stick to itself.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown, turning once (20-25 minutes).
  6. Serve warm with chilled ranch sauce.

Nutrition Facts

10 servings per container

Serving Size 65 g

Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 60.2mg 4%
Iron 1.2mg 6%
Potassium 260mg 6%
Vitamin A 16.8mcg 2%
Vitamin C 4.3mg 4%
Vitamin E 0.6mg 6%
Vitamin K 29.2mcg 25%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 1.4mg 6%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 27.6mcg 7%
Vitamin B12 0.1mcg 4%
Biotin 0.8mcg 4%
Chloride 69.5mg 4%
Pantothenate 0.2mg 0%
Phosphorus 106.5mg 8%
Iodine 6.5mcg 4%
Magnesium 32.6mg 8%
Zinc 0.7mg 10%
Selenium 2.3mcg 4%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.3mg 15%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 0.9mcg 2%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Red Kidney Beans (water, Red Kidney Beans, Sea Salt), Plain Lowfat Yogurt (cultured Pasteurized Lowfat Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Nonfat Milk Solids, And Whey), Tomato Paste, Whole Grain Quinoa, Parsley, Basil, Garlic, Italian Seasoning (marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Oregano, And Basil), Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dill.

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