Kid Friendly Beef, Quinoa And Veggie Meatballs (Whole Foods Giveaway)

Whole Foods Market Quinoa and Veggie Meatballs Recipe

I made a similar recipe when La Jolla Girl was starting to eat solids, but wish I would have known to add quinoa for extra protein.  This is a recipe that kids will love and I’m telling you about it today because Whole Foods Market is having a 3 day sale from December 10-12.

Grass fed ground beef will be marked down to $4.99 per lb versus (from $7.99), along with other items throughout the store.  Also, if you’re in a pinch this holiday season, don’t forget you can order from their catering menu online.  Would a $10 gift card help?

Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

Sneak whole grains and veggies into crowd-pleasing meatballs with this easy recipe that will stretch your food dollar, too. Serve with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce or on a hoagie with cheese for a dynamite meatball sub sandwich.  Serves 6.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound (95-percent) lean ground beef
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup grated zucchini
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 egg

Method: Preheat oven to 500°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil then grease with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together beef, quinoa, onions, carrots, zucchini, ketchup, garlic, soy sauce, pepper, salt, oregano, thyme and egg until well combined. Shape beef mixture into 16 balls and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Roast until cooked through and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

(Note: To cook quinoa, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Pour in ½ cup quinoa, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside off of the heat for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.)

Nutrition: Per serving (about 4oz/113g-wt.): 150 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 470mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 17g protein

The link to the original recipe is here.  Some reviewers have substituted turkey with success.

Giveaway: Whole Foods Market is giving one lucky La Jolla Mom reader a $10 Gift Card. To enter:

Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing to buy at Whole Foods is.

Bonus Entries:
1. Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter or your local Whole Foods Store (in my case that’s @WFMLaJolla).
2. Follow me on Twitter: @lajollamom
3. Tweet about this giveaway. You can use the green Tweet Meme button at the bottom of the post or cut and paste this – Tell @lajollamom your favorite thing about @WholeFoods to enter to win $10 gift card
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Don’t forget to leave a separate comment for each bonus entry. And, if you already have done some of these things, it counts. Comments will be closed at 8pm PST on Thursday, December 16. The winner is chosen by so the more entries you have, the higher your chances of winning are.

Thank you Whole Foods!  As you know, I was a long time Whole Foods shopper prior to starting La Jolla Mom.  I feel healthier within seconds of walking in the store doors, and love all they do for our community and the world.

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