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190
Calories 
26g
Carbs 
7g
Fat 
8g
Protein 
5
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(5 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

Whenever I make a vegetarian version of a recipe, or vegetarian recipe for that matter, I have a mental (and moral) battle about whether or not I should tell the boyfriend. Tell him and there is the chance that he won’t even take a bite. Don’t tell him and well, I am either outright lying or lying by omission. And my often given rationale about unbiased “recipe testing” usually isn’t much of a consolation.

However lucky for me, this time he scooped one up before I had the chance to tell him. The results? A hint of shock and a smile of approval. For a quinoa zucchini meatball in my home, this is the culinary equivalent of hitting a home run. Quinoa meatballs: 1. Meat loving boyfriend: 0.

Prep Time

Quinoa Zucchini Meatballs

4
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 

Ingredients

4
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 U egg
  • 1 U egg white
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
4 meatballs (142g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 47mg
16%
Sodium 304mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes until fragrant and softened.
  3. Add the zucchini, oregano, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes until zucchini softens. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  4. Add to a bowl with the quinoa and stir to combine. Add the eggs, whole wheat bread crumbs, and salt/pepper if needed.
  5. Roll into 4 meatballs per serving, about 1 rounded tablespoon each, and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes on the first side. Flip over and bake for 10 more minutes.
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