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National Meatball Day: Baked Quinoa Meatballs

Happy National Meatball Day!!  I realized that I haven’t made meatballs with red meat, so today I am doing just that.  I forgot how much I liked red meat meatballs!  You can substitute ground turkey or chicken in these if you want.  I love them because they are an easy, no frill meatball, but I’ve added a touch of quinoa.  I did this because I think they stick together just a bit better.  Try this recipe out and let me know your thoughts!

1 pound lean ground beef (you can substitute ground turkey or chicken)

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 egg

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped parsley, more for garnish if desired

1 teaspoon Italian herb spices or 1/2 teaspoon each of basil & oregano

2 cups Italian tomato sauce

Cheese to garnish

Baked Quinoa Meatballs

Baked Quinoa Meatballs

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil & spray

In a large bowl add ground turkey, quinoa, garlic, onion, parsley, egg and spices

Mix well, using your hands

Meat Mixture

Meat Mixture

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls

Make sure you use damp hands, as the mixture will be sticky

Place balls on prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until meatballs are firm and cooked through

Cooked Meatballs

Cooked Meatballs

While meatballs are baking, heat the tomato sauce in a large saucepan.

Transfer the cooked meatballs to the sauce

Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, zoodles (zucchini/squash/beet/carrot/veggie spiralized noodles) or a green vegetable

Garnish with parsley and cheese

Baked Quinoa Meatballs over zoodles!

Baked Quinoa Meatballs over zoodles!

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Baked Quinoa Meatballs
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Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound lean ground beef (you can substitute ground turkey or chicken)
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup diced onion
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 cup chopped parsley, more for garnish if desired
  10. 1 teaspoon Italian herb spices or 1/2 teaspoon each of basil & oregano
  11. 2 cups Italian tomato sauce
  12. Cheese to garnish
Instructions
  1. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil & spray
  2. In a large bowl add ground turkey, quinoa, garlic, onion, parsley, egg and spices
  3. Mix well, using your hands
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  6. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls
  7. Make sure you use damp hands, as the mixture will be sticky
  8. Place balls on prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly
  9. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until meatballs are firm and cooked through
  10. While meatballs are baking, heat the tomato sauce in a large saucepan.
  11. Transfer the cooked meatballs to the sauce
  12. Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, zoodles (zucchini/squash/beet/carrot/veggie spiralized noodles) or a green vegetable
  13. Garnish with parsley and cheese
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