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!