Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

This recipe for chicken quinoa meatballs may seem a bit bizarre;  but, trust me they are beyond tasty, and loaded with healthy goodness.  Being that I am on a meatball kick, still, I have been mulling around this recipe for some time now.  It happened one day when I had leftover quinoa, and was stumped as to what I should do with it.  Normally I gently warm up leftover quinoa for breakfast, but, am bored with that idea.  Hence the birth of a new meatball recipe.

Chicken Quinoa Meatballs I have expressed my profound love of the meatball for some time now, and trust me it is not going to stop.  Last month we were gearing up for a heavy work load that would involve traveling.  Which in turn meant getting home late in the evening.  When we lived in San Francisco late night returns were easy as we’d stop by the grocery store near our house and pick up the usual “return home” dinner;  roasted chicken, endives, blue cheese, a baguette and a bottle of red.  Now we  are not near a market, so I need prepare in advance for these returns home.  The meatball is perfect as I can make up a batch, enjoy half of the recipe the same day as cooking and pop the others into the freezer.  All we need to do is warm up the little balls of goodness, and make some rice or pasta. Back to that leftover quinoa.  I had this idea as I was gathering ingredients to toss into the chicken meatball recipe I was working on that quinoa would be a welcome boost of protein as well I thought the texture would be a great addition to otherwise “slimy” ground chicken.  As I was grabbing ingredients out of the pantry, and chopping herbs and other savories, I noticed a sad carrot in the bottom of the veggie bin and in it went!  I have often thought, if we had kids, I’d get a kick out of hiding vegetables in their food and then doing the “nanny nanny nanny, you ate spinach” back at them! Chicken Quinoa Meatballs Since I was clearly leading down the path of making this recipe more on the healthy side, I decided to bake the meatballs, which ended up being a good decision.  Baking meatballs is not only easy, but the clean-up is almost void.  No greasy pans to contend with or splattered fat all over the stove.  Don’t worry baking meatballs still makes for a golden brown experience.  I place the meatballs on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment (easy clean-up) and let them do their thing.  The meatballs still get a golden brown outside while staying moist inside.  Perfect! We enjoyed half of this meatball recipe as they came out of the oven, simply by serving them with Tzatziki, a green salad and lavish.  When we arrived home after a long flight, I simmered the frozen meatballs in my favorite tikka masala sauce that I keep on hand, made some rice and had a lovely (and healthy) dinner at home. Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Love meatballs as well check these out:

Lamb Souvlaki Meatballs – Chez Us  

Asian Inspired Meatballs – Eat Boutique

Moroccan Meatballs – Baltic Maid

Lentil Ricotta Meatballs – In Jennie’s Kitchen

Spinach Balls – Chez Us

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Genius! I’ve been craving meatballs something fierce lately and these look PERFECT!

    PS – I totally don’t have any kids and still get to play the “nanny nanny” game with my boyfriend – “oh you hate spinach? GUESS WHAT YOU JUST ATE, SUCKER!” hahahhaha :)

  2. Oh wow, these look really delicious! I am so excited to try out this recipe :)

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