Quinoa Zucchini Meatballs

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190 CALORIES 26g CARBS 7g FAT 8g PROTEIN
5
Freestyle™ SmartPoints™ New!
(5 Old SmartPoints™)
(5 PointsPlus®)
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.

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The Recipe

Quinoa Zucchini Meatballs

PREP TIME: 20 Min
COOK TIME: 25 Min
TOTAL TIME: 45 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 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

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Instructions

  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.
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

* 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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