Rosemary Garlic Sea Salt Quinoa Crostini

Looking for some good snacks for game day or when you have company? Cheese and crackers or chips and salsa are an easy go-to for most, but this super simple homemade version of crostini will make you think twice before picking up those Ritz Crackers at the store!

This is one of those recipes that is so basic, literally anyone can make it. It just takes about 10 minutes of prep. Mix the ingredients, spread on a baking sheet, bake, cut and voila - the healthiest, whole food crostini you’ll ever come across. No ingredients you can't pronounce on this label!

These crostini are made from ingredients compliments of @chosenfoods. I cooked their white quinoa, soaked their pre-washed chia seeds and finished the recipe off with their avocado oil and avocado oil spray for a nicely browned crispy cracker. They're loaded with fiber, plant protein, whole grains, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats and vampire-fighting levels of heart-healthy garlic. Nothing wrong with that! 

Give it a try and let me know what you think! My snacks-during-football loving husband couldn’t get enough of these! Granted, I don’t think he fully appreciated the pretty lox, tzatziki, rosemary presentation, but he used the rest of the crostini to just dip in the tzatziki on their own. 

These crispy, textured, vessels hold up really well to dip or can be topped individually for some beautiful appetizers. Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

 

Rosemary Garlic Sea Salt Quinoa Crostini

 Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds, soaked in 1 cup of water at least 5 minutes or until gel forms
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (you can also buy pre-minced garlic to save some prep time here - 8 cloves is ~2 Tbsp minced garlic)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 1/2 Tbsp dried)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp Chosen Foods avocado oil (Tip: you can buy this in bulk at Costco!)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mixture should be a bit sticky and clump together a bit. 
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  4. Pour mixture into baking sheet and spread out into even layer - about 1/8 inch thick. This should cover most of the baking sheet.The thinner you spread the mixture, the lower the cooking time and the more crispy the crackers will be. 
  5. Spray top of mixture with avocado oil spray to help with browning.
  6. Bake in oven at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cut crostini into desired shape. I tried both diamond shaped and plain old square. Both worked very well! 
  7. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. If the crackers have not browned after 20 minutes, you can flip them upside down and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until they reach your desired level of crispness. 
  8. Pair with dip or toppings of your choice! (Pictured: Lox with Tzatziki sauce) Other suggestions: Hummus, figs, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, coleslaw, guacamole, this list could go on and on... ;)