Monday, May 17, 2010

Clean Eating Recipe of the Week: Quinoa Meatballs

I make these for my boys often. They love them with spaghetti or barbecue sauce. I also use them to make meatball sandwiches, yum! The added benefit of quinoa makes me happy I'm getting great grains in their diet. Enjoy : )


Makes 18 meatballs. Serving size 2 meatballs.
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (93%)
  • 1/2 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1-1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using your hands. Roll into balls and place in greased baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving):

Calories 262
Fat 8 grams
Protein 15 grams
Sodium 438mg
Carbohydrates 21 grams
Fiber 8 grams

Nicole

16 comments:

Yours in Fitness said...

Sounds delicious! I made regular old turkey meatballs yesterday, I will have to try this recipe next time. I have been looking for more ways to incorporate quinoa in my diet. Do you find that the 20 minute cook time is sufficient? Thanks.

Maria

TheFitnessFreak said...

I do find 20 minutes is enough Maria. I've overcooked it before and it gets mushy.

simpledaisy said...

Those look yummy!!
I wonder if you could do those with soy meat?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Just tried these and they were great! I only had ground turkey, but they were still good! I had to cook mine for 25 mins. I will be making these again. Thank you for the recipe.

Melonie said...

YUM! I want to start using turkey and quinoa more. Have you ever tried substituting bison for the beef? I'm wondering if the cook time would be shorter since bison is leaner....

TheFitnessFreak said...

SimpleDaisy, You could totally use a meat substitute. I'm guessing the cooking time would be quite different but just test it out. Let me know how it works.

Anonymous, I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Melonie, Yes, you could easily substitute bison and that's a great idea! The cooking time would be less because of the leanness of bison. Just play with it and let me know how they turn out : )

Nicole

Jennifer (Savor) said...

Love this - I am making a bison meatloaf tonday and think I need to incorporate some quinoa. Agree?

Mindy said...

YUMMY!!! I can't wait to try these!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Totally Jennifer : )

scrapwordsmom said...

These sound delicious. I love quinoa...so I would like these...thanks for sharing!

Leslie

Melonie said...

Thanks, Nicole - I'll give it a shot and let you know.

Hmmm, bison meatloaf sounds good too. YUMMY!

simple_happiness said...

Thanks for the recipe! These sound really good, I may try to make them this weekend for a Memorial Day party!

TheFitnessFreak said...

That's a great idea simple_happiness! I bet they'll be a hit : )

Nicole

Blogging Scribbles said...

This recipe looks awesome! I am going to have to try these. i just found a really good recipe for simple tomato sauce in my Eating Well magazine. These will be perfect for them!

Lydia said...

Thanks for the recipe. I tried it tonight, and although I was missing some of the spices, it was very tasty!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Glad you enjoyed them Lydia!

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