May 262014
 

Spaghetti & Quinoa Meatballs

Add this twist to your homemade meatballs and no one will know (except  you)

Meatballs

½ lb lean ground beef, or ground chicken or turkey (preferably grass fed)
½ cup cooked quinoa or quinoa flakes (can add without cooking first)
3 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground pepper
Any other herbs you like to add
You could also add grated carrots or zucchini

1)      Mix all ingredients together and form whatever size meatball that you like
2)      Cook at 400 for about 10-15 minutes – check to make sure cooked through.
3)      Add this to your favourite homemade tomato sauce and whatever noodles you like
4)      Serve with a great big salad and enjoy!

Meatballs freeze well so make lots.  My family did not taste anything different with the quinoa added and I found them yummy!

I also add sautéed onions, green pepper, spinach etc to my sauce and the kids with the spaghetti and meatballs with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots on the side.

Check out another great recipe to put quinoa in…Minestrone soup

What is Quinoa anyway? Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a supergrain–although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that’s distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of Protein, and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other “non-true” grains such as buckwheat and amaranth). The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that in milk. Quinoa offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).

Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acidlysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and arteriosclerosis.

What dishes do you make with quinoa???

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 Day Program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca

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