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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.

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).
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 http://bit.ly/dNUB1I
4. Like La Jolla Mom on Facebook.
5. Like Whole Foods Market (or your local Whole Foods page) on Facebook
6. Subscribe to La Jolla Mom via RSS or email

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.

118 Comments
  • Pamela S - December 16, 2010

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  • Pamela S - December 16, 2010

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

  • Gianna - December 16, 2010

    I’m an email subscriber.

  • Gianna - December 16, 2010

    The fresh fruit.

  • Melissa - December 16, 2010

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

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  • Erica C. - December 16, 2010

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    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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  • Jamie - December 15, 2010

    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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  • Angela Winesburg - December 15, 2010

    I love their veggies, thanks!

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    We get our oranges there

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  • MamaKat - December 14, 2010

    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.

  • valerie mabrey - December 13, 2010

    love their fresh made cheese con queso

  • jolene - December 13, 2010

    they have these gingersnaps that are super yum

  • Mike - December 13, 2010

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

  • Paul - December 12, 2010

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

  • Claire - December 12, 2010

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

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  • Amelia - December 11, 2010

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

  • Katie - December 11, 2010

    I always stock up on yogurt there.

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

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    They have good salads and other prepared foods

  • Quinoa Diet Tips - December 10, 2010

    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

  • Jessica - December 10, 2010

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

  • Cathy - December 10, 2010

    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!

  • Sean - December 10, 2010

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

  • Moosette - December 9, 2010

    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!

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

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