Oct 232013

We’re just over a week away from Halloween.  Since we have a four day weekend starting tomorrow I had the brilliant idea that the kids and I would sit down and finalize plans for their costumes and then shop for supplies this afternoon.  We made a list and headed out to our first stop:  Wal-Mart.

Let’s just say it did not go so well.  Even though each kid has known what he wants to be for Halloween for a while now, today no one could commit to said costume choice.

Matthew, who wants to be Peter Pan suddenly decided he wanted to be… Candy Corn. A Peacock. Peter Pan. A Lego.

Zachary, who has been asking to be the Tick Tock Croc for months decided he wanted to be… Rock Paper Scissors.  (Seriously.)

Nicholas, who was willing to be Captain Hook to keep with the theme, changed his mind and wanted to be… A White Ninja.  Ninjago. Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I thought I might lose my mind.  I went so far as to turn the car around and head home because nobody would stop talking about what they wanted to be for Halloween.  It was bad.  Tears were involved, especially after they realized the car was heading towards home.   Eventually I turned back around and went to Wal-Mart but we came home empty handed.

The last thing I wanted to do when we got home was make dinner, but we had to eat.  So I dug around in the pantry and pulled out a bag of quinoa.  It’s become a staple in our house in the last couple of years and I knew I could pull together a quick meal with it.  I tried out a new recipe tonight, and here it is…

Quinoa Pizza

Quinoa Pizza

  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus more for topping
  • your favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, sausage, veggies, etc)
  • salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasonings, to taste


  1. Rinse quinoa well. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer and cook about 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare any toppings while quinoa is cooking.
  3. When quinoa is finished, add pasta sauce and toppings and stir to combine.  Then add shredded mozzarella. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasonings.
  4. To serve, spoon the quinoa mixture into bowls and top with more mozzarella cheese, if desired.

Quinoa Pizza takes all of 20 minutes to make and it was a big hit with two out of three boys. Dan liked it, too.  I consider that to be a success and it will go into rotation around here, especially on crazy baseball nights, or to follow disastrous afternoons like the one we had today.

Tomorrow is a new day, and will be filled with new adventures.  Say a prayer for us as we venture into the local craft stores and attempt to make Peter Pan, Tick Tock Croc and Captain Hook come to life!

Recipe inspiration found at Girl Makes Food.