Posted June 13, 2009 by Jill in Bonding

Quinoa Turkey Meatballs

So Quinoa Turkey Meatballs are our most popular dish at Munch Restaurant and it’s a great time-saver as you can make a large batch of meatballs ahead of time, freeze them and take them out each meal or snack time and add them to pasta, rice or veggies at dinner time or for a quick snack alongside cheese, crackers and fruit.  The meatballs are great for your kids to pitch in and help make.  They love the texture and rolling them into balls!

We add quinoa as its an ancient Incan grain that is packed with nutrition.  It has 20% more protein than other whole grains.  It is loaded with vitamins A,E and B, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. Wow!!

Try to use organic ingredients where possible.  It just tastes better and is better for you and your little ones!

Serves 4 adults, PREP TIME- 20mins, COOK TIME-15-20mins

1 lb (450g) organic ground turkey
1 large organic whole egg, beaten
1 cup (240ml) cooked quinoa
1 Tbsp crushed garlic
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp sage
2 tsp paprika
1/2-1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp sunflower seed oil for frying

COMBINE quinoa with all the spices and nutritional yeast
ADD ground turkey and beaten egg
MIX well
FORM balls (about 20 medium)
HEAT skillet with 2 tsp of oil
FRY at medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until meat temperature has reached 170F (80 C)

OPTION: Bake meatballs in a 350F (180C) for 30 minutes, or until done
Tomato Sauce-
1 large tin of crushed tomatoes
Handful of sweet cherry tomatoes
2 Tbsp of organic cane sugar
1 red pepper finely chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

HEAT the crushed tomatoes in a large saucepan
ADD the cherry tomatoes, sugar and red pepper
LEAVE to simmer and thicken for  10-12 minutes
STIR occasionally and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Brown Rice Pasta:

12 oz Brown Rice Fusilli (Spiral) Pasta
1 Tbsp of olive oil

COOK rice pasta in boiling water according to package instructions, rinse with cold water.  Drain and toss with olive oil back in saucepan.
Now add your tomato sauce and meatballs.
Serve with a nice crisp green salad for the perfect meal.

You can find brown rice pasta at your local grocery store.  Tinkyada is a brand that I use at home and is fantastic.  Here’s why you should switch to brown rice pasta.  It’s wheat-free, gluten-free, organic, NO corn, eggs, dairy, casein, meat, soy, nut or peanut.   Corn and Soy are the worst GMO foods (genetically modified).  Try to avoid these foods if not organic.
If your not sure that your kids will like it you can mix regular white pasta 50/50 and gradually switch them over.  Also a great way to switch your kids from white rice to brown rice.
Remember white rice, white pasta = white bread (or equivalent)
Brown rice, brown rice pasta = wholewheat bread (or equivalent)

Munch (formerly Babyeats) is a full-service restaurant where the little ones can have a blast playing with imagination and creativity-inspiring wooden toys.  Healthy gourmet-style dishes are served in a beautiful atmosphere in this sunny North Vancouver loccation.  www.munchmunch.ca.