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

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.

Ingredients:
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).
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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 http://bit.ly/dNUB1I
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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 Random.org 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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  1. December 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Subscribed to feed with google reader. Thanks.

  2. December 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I like to buy their pasta and their bulk grains. Thanks.

  3. Gianna
    December 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

  4. Gianna
    December 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    The fresh fruit.

  5. Melissa
    December 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I love everything at Whole Foods! My favorite baked goodie is the Vegan Oatmeal Date Scones.

  6. December 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I’m following Whole Foods Market on Twitter (I’m @LuckyJinxy).

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  8. December 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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  13. Sarah L
    December 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I like their bread & soups. Thanks for the contest.

  14. loni
    December 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I love getting yogurt there…

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  15. tallcapp
    December 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I like to buy the brussel sprouts on the stalk from Whole Foods.

  16. Erica C.
    December 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    They have amazing chocolate chip cookies.

  17. Melanie
    December 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm
  18. Erin T
    December 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I get almond flour there.

  19. dorothy
    December 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    the bakery items

  20. Diane Baum
    December 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    i love items from their bakery!

  21. Lynn
    December 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  22. Lynn
    December 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I love buying salad at Whole Foods!

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    December 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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    December 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I love to go to the bulk section and get oats, sunflower seeds, and ginger.

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  31. valancia
    December 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Their fish!

  32. Stefanie B.
    December 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    There isn’t good seafood in my city, so Whole Foods is the only place we shop when we want fish!

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    December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    i love to buy chicken at whole foods

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  40. Nancy Meyer
    December 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I like to buy their bakery items, they’re so good!

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  41. Stacy
    December 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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    December 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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  48. Jamie
    December 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I like buying gluten free goods there because they have so many choices! Before I discovered Whole foods I didn’t have a lot to choose from.

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    December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

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    December 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    My favorite thing to buy at Whole Foods is produce!

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  58. Viva
    December 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I love their bread and fish departments.

  59. Angela Winesburg
    December 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love their veggies, thanks!

  60. December 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

    We get our oranges there

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  67. Erica B.
    December 15, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I love going to Whole Foods for their cheese and frozen foods. The whole store is great, though!

  68. Martina
    December 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I love to get things from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, like organic rolled oats, or whole wheat couscous, or black beans…

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  75. MamaKat
    December 14, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I have a few items that I specifically go there for. I love their peanut butter, and I also like the Quinoa Cakes in the prepared food section.

  76. valerie mabrey
    December 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    love their fresh made cheese con queso

  77. jolene
    December 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    they have these gingersnaps that are super yum

  78. December 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I really like the local, high end coffee they carry. Thanks!

  79. Paul
    December 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I enjoy anything from their bakery…and just what IS quinoa, anyway?

  80. Claire
    December 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I like Amy’s Kitchens products, especially the frozen burritos!

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    December 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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  82. ohkeeka
    December 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I love buying ZenSoy pudding (chocolate!) from Whole Foods. And mimolette cheese! I love Whole Foods SO much! 😀

  83. Amelia
    December 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    My favorite thing to buy at Whole Foods is their fresh honey roasted peanut butter

  84. Katie
    December 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I always stock up on yogurt there.

  85. Kristen
    December 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

  86. Kristen
    December 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I love the prepared foods,especially the sandwiches and the pesto pizza.

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    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I like the salads in their deli

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    December 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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  94. Jennifer M
    December 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I like their store brand organic frozen fruit.

  95. Theron N. Willis
    December 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    It’s were I buy my Valarian root extract….

    Hope to win!

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    December 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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    December 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I like to go there for lunch and get items from the salad bar

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    December 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

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  100. Heather S
    December 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    They have good salads and other prepared foods

  101. December 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    My whole family loves quinoa. It’s such a great food and you can make anything and everything from it, salad, meatball you name it.
    You recipe rocks and I’m pretty sure I’ll give it a go.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Naomi

  102. Jessica
    December 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

    “healthy”chips and prepared meals. Can’t wait to get the turkey dinner for Christmas!

  103. Cathy
    December 10, 2010 at 7:46 am

    My favorite Whole Foods items are from the deli – they have a great pepperoni, although they just told me it’s out of stock until at least January. I love that their items are free of nitrates. Thank you for the giveaway!

  104. Sean
    December 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I love how fresh there food is and that that they are across the street from my work

  105. December 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    LOVE Whole Foods! Have been awaiting the opening of the one in Encinitas for what seems like forever! Totally agree – I feel like I went through detox by just stepping in the doors!

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  107. December 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I shop at Whole Foods every week to buy bulk quinoa.

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    December 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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    December 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I like to buy their apples.