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Quinoa “Meat” Balls

29 Mar

When I saw that Katie over at the Small Boston Kitchen post a recipe for Quinoa “Meat” balls I immediately added it to my MUST MAKE NOW list.

And almost two months later here we are (Ahem, that is quick for me).

Quinoa is very quickly becoming a favorite food of mine. Quinoa is one of the healthiest foods you can have, and it packs a TON of protein plus it tastes so damn good. Quinoa has pretty much replaced a lot of the grain type food that we eat (most commonly being couscous).

Quinoa is versatile, you can pretty much have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. I mean, you can’t really say that for a lot of foods. Except for maybe cookies….

One bite of these delicious quinoa “meat” balls and you might not EVER go back to actual meatballs.

Ok, maybe sometimes….

Just trust me on this one, make these babies AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Quinoa “Meat” Balls

Adapted from The Small Boston Kitchen

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I cooked it in my rice cooker, AMAZING I tell you!)
  • 6 crimini mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 bag fresh spinach
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 8-10 macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a saute pan, coat with olive oil and cook mushrooms, onion, and peppers until softened. Set aside and in the same pan cook the spinach until slightly wilted.

In a big bowl combine all the ingredients until they come together. Form into balls and place in a parchment lined baking sheet. Place into a 400 degree oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve with spaghetti, in a sandwich, or just eat them as a snack!

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Meatball Pizza

2 Oct

Remember those turkey meatballs I blogged about a few months back? I make them A LOT and I always forget to cut down the recipe so I end up with way too many meatballs I don’t even know what to do with them anymore. So I decided to make them into a pizza!

I mean, why settle for boring spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs when you can have meatball pizza? You really shouldn’t even think twice before making this pizza. I love making homemade pizza because it’s simple and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Meatball Pizza

  • 6-8 turkey pesto meatballs (or meatballs of your choosing), sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • your favorite pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • sliced mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder and oregano to taste

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Saute onions and peppers in saute pan on medium high heat and flavor with seasonings listed above. I like to bake my pizza crust for about 10 minutes before adding my toppings, it prevents and liquids from leaking and I think it makes the crust crunchier.

Ladle on your pizza sauce and then add sliced meatballs to the pizza.

Then add the peppers and onions.

And finally the sliced mozzarella.

Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until the mozzarella starts to brown.

Let pizza cool for a few minutes, cut, serve and consume immediately.

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