Monday, February 8, 2010

Quinoa Meatballs

Yeah, we ate these without the noodles of course. I got the recipe off the whole foods website. I get most of my recipes there now. I went to whole foods to troll for new ideas in the food department. I decided to try ground buffalo meat in this recipe. The kids LOVED these, loved them just as much as regular meatballs if not more. The Quinoa adds fiber and protein to the dish, instead of nothing. Usual meatballs just feature breadcrumbs, which offer nothing but empty calories.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound (95-percent) lean ground beef
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup grated zucchini
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 egg


Preheat oven to 500°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil then grease with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together beef, quinoa, onions, carrots, zucchini, ketchup, garlic, soy sauce, pepper, salt, oregano, thyme and egg until well combined. Shape beef mixture into 16 balls and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Roast until cooked through and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

(Note: To cook quinoa, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Pour in ½ cup quinoa, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside off of the heat for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.)

1 comment:

Sienna said...

I usually use couscous in place of the bread crumbs, but I made stuffed peppers last night and used quinoa and they were fantastic, I don't think I will ever go back!