Spaghetti and Meatballs

Today we have a guest post from my pal Wendy. Wendy Polisi shares her family’s favorite quinoa recipes online at . She is the author of the Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook, which has a section devoted specifically to kid friendly recipes using this super food. Today, she is sharing one of these recipes with us.

I don’t know about you, but getting my children to eat a healthy diet is a top priority for me. Still, my capacity to deal with complaining at meal time is limited. And honestly, I want my children to have a great relationship with food and enjoy what they eat. Because of this I’ve found that sometimes I have to be a little sneaky when I’m introducing something new. Quinoa is a perfect example of this! Although has been a key part of my diet for years, but my youngest son was slow to warm up to quinoa. Instead of drawing a line in the sand and just forcing him to eat it, (something I remember my mother doing with the dreaded butterbeans) I started putting it into foods that he already loved. This spaghetti and meatballs was a great starting point for us and today, I’m happy to say that he willingly eats all sorts of quinoa dishes.

One thing I especially appreciate about this recipe is that the meatballs can be made ahead and frozen. This means I’m never at a loss when it comes time to getting a quick dinner on the table! I’ve also used the meatballs to make meatball subs and in pasta dishes with a great response.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

1 pound organic lean ground beef
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt
8 ounces quinoa pasta (or pasta of your choice)
8 ounces Marinara Sauce

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, cooked quinoa, shredded carrots, ketchup, egg, garlic and sea salt. Form into small meatballs.
Place on the top of a broiler pan and bake for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
Serve pasta with meatballs and marinara sauce. Top with cheese if desired.

Serving Size 175 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 338
Total Fat: 8.3g
Saturated Fat: 2.4g
Trans Fat: 0.0g
Cholesterol: 99mg
Sodium: 535mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35.5g
Dietary Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 3.7g
Protein: 28.6g

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  1. Anita says:

    I love quinoa. I have never seen this recipe before. I actually love the versatility..Just had some fro breakfast with cinnamon, apple and raisins.
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  2. How funny! “Hiding” the good food within food children love to eat is brilliant. I remember adding fiber to the kid’s peanut butter sandwiches! LOL
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  3. Marie Leslie says:

    This is always a hit at our house. I will have to try your meatball recipe and see if they like that even better.

  4. How clever to use quinoa with spaghetti sauce!This is so much healthier than using pasta. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Solvita says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, it sounds great, and I’m sure tastes even better! Have a great day!:-D
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  6. Brenda Lynn says:

    This recipe sounds yummy and made me realize that I’ve missed lunch! Great post! Forwarding to my daughters.

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  7. I love a Mom who can sneak in a few great food ingredients. This will be on our menu plan for sure….your are Brilliant!

  8. Nisha says:

    You must have read my mind! I have this huge bag of quinoa, but the first time I cooked with it, I was underwhelmed. Lately I’ve been thinking I need to figure out how to use it in a way that we would enjoy, and I think this might be a great answer! Thank you – I’m going to try it soon!
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  9. Liz says:

    Oh my this is a favorite of my children and granddaughter. Thanks for sharing! I will have to try it this way!!!
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  10. david says:

    I’m a budding foodie and I feel a dinner date coming on! nice post! :laugh:

  11. Leigh says:

    I’ve always just used a store bought sauce and grated a cucumber or zucchini in to hide some fresh vegetables and because I’m a very lazy cook, but maybe this recipe will do the trick with all fresh ingredients.
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  12. Sally K Witt says:

    This sounds so good. I love the nutty flavor and texture of quinoa, and love to see it in more recipes.
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  13. David Allen says:

    Great that you have all the details in there about calories and everything else. Very useful to have recipes that include good information.
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  14. Seriously great idea. Instead of, “What they don’t know won’t hurt them” we’re saying “what they don’t know will HELP them!” Love it. There are a lot of healthy pastas on the market now, chock full of protein and lower in carbs. Although I basically eat whatever I want I just learn how to eat less to lose weight. Thanks for the info!
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