All in One Meatballs

Wendy Schnitzer, the Fit Food Coach

Wendy Schnitzer, the Fit Food Coach

Looking for a way to get your veggies, whole grains and protein all wrapped up in one quick and easy meal then this recipe is for you….it is even gluten free.  It is one I developed and so there is no substitutions although I tweaked the recipe a bit as you will see below.

                         Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

Recipe By     : Wendy Schnitzer

                                 coconut or extra virgin olive oil
     1      lb                ground beef, buffalo, turkey or chicken
     3/4  cup           cooked quinoa
     1/4  cup           finely chopped onions
     1/4  cup           grated carrots
     1/4  cup           grated zucchini
      2      Tbs           ketchup
      1      Tbs           chopped garlic
      1      Tbs           tamari soy sauce
      1/2  tsp           freshly ground pepper
      1/2  tsp           sea salt
     1/4  tsp           dried oregano
     1/4  tsp           dried thyme
         1                    egg

1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Grease a large baking sheet with oil; set aside.

2. To cook quinoa, bring 1 cup water or broth 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

3. 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.  No need to flip them over.

4.Serve hot over pasta with tomato sauce, tucked in pita or on a sub roll with lots of lettuce or as a quick snack.  They taste great cold too!

I did not have any zucchini at home, but my husband was asking for meatballs and so I substituted chopped spinach for the zucchini.  I would recommend you use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Olive oil is not supposed to be heated above 350 degrees F.  Coconut oil is perfect for cooking at high heats and also burns fat, boosts your energy and supports your immune system!  To learn more, click here.

I doubled the recipe so we can have leftovers for a few days.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you like them!


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