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Vegetarian Quinoa Meatballs

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These Vegetarian Quinoa Meatballs are loaded with quinoa, eggplant, spinach, and almond meal - bursting with flavor, you won't even miss the meat!!
50MIN
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Ingredients

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Servings:
6
Serves 6
1/2 cup
cooked according to package directions
1/2 Tbsp
Coconut Oil
1/2
Sweet Onion
1 cup
Chopped  Eggplants
peeled
3 cups
Chopped  Fresh Baby Spinach
2 Tbsp
Chopped  Fresh Herbs
1/2 cup
Almond Meal
1/2 tsp
Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp
Onion Powder
1/4 cup
1
1/2 tsp

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
155
FAT
8.0 g
PROTEIN
7.0 g
CARBS
14.9 g

Author's Notes

If you don't have eggplant, try substituting with mushrooms. When forming the "meatballs", the mixture will seem very sticky, this keeps them moist, they will firm up once baked, don't worry about the stickiness!

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Step 2
Cook the Quinoa (1/2 cup) per package's instructions. Finely dice the Red Bell Pepper (1/2) and Sweet Onion (1/2). Peel and chop the Eggplant (1 cup). Grate the Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup).
Step 3
Spray large nonstick skillet with Coconut Oil (1/2 tablespoon). Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and sauté diced pepper and onion for 5-7 minutes.
Step 4
Add in the peeled and chopped eggplant and sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Lastly, add in Fresh Baby Spinach (3 cup) and continue to sauté until spinach is wilted. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
Step 5
Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add in sautéed veggies and gently stir. In small bowl, mix Almond Meal (1/2 cup), Garlic Powder (1/2 teaspoon), Onion Powder (1/2 teaspoon) and Dried Oregano (1/2 teaspoon).
Step 6
Add in the Fresh Herbs (2 tablespoon), almond mixture, parmesan, Sea Salt (1/2 teaspoon) and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) to quinoa and veggies. Stir to evenly distribute. Lastly, add in the Egg (1) and gently mix until combined.
Step 7
Take heaping spoonful of mixture into your hand and roll into “meatball” form and place on a greased baking sheet. Continue to do this until all meatballs have been formed. Bake the meatballs for 25 to 30 minutes, or until slightly golden.
Step 8
Enjoy as an appetizer, with your favorite marinara and pasta, spaghetti squash or as a meatball sandwich!

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
155
% Daily Value*
Fat
8.0 g
10%
Saturated Fat
2.2 g
11%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
32.9 mg
11%
Carbohydrates
14.9 g
5%
Fiber
3.2 g
11%
Sugars
2.2 g
--
Protein
7.0 g
14%
Sodium
203.8 mg
9%
Vitamin D
0.2 µg
1%
Calcium
93.7 mg
7%
Iron
1.6 mg
9%
Potassium
252.5 mg
5%
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