Quinoa Spinach Meatballs

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198 CALORIES 26g CARBS 7g FAT 9g PROTEIN
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When I make meatless meatballs, quinoa is usually one of my favorite substitutes. I like the hearty texture and nutty flavor it adds and it does hurt that it has some natural protein. For these veggie meatballs, the quinoa is pared with spinach and just enough eggs and breadcrumbs to hold everything together. You could definitely add Parmesan cheese as well, which would be delicious.
The Recipe

Quinoa Spinach Meatballs

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 35 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. frozen spinach, defrosted and completed drained of moisture
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 U egg
  • 1 U egg white
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

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Instructions

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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 spinach, oregano, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes. 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 (16 meatballs for 4 people) about 1 rounded tablespoon each, and place on the baking sheet. This is 20 meatballs total.

6

Bake for 12 minutes on the first side. Flip over and bake for 10 more minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 47mg
16%
Sodium 343mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 4g
18%
Sugars 3g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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February 1, 2016 - 16:56
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Really good! Love the flavor and combo of veg! Definitely making again!
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