Meatless Vegetarian Entree with Quinoa
Who says you have to give up meatballs if you become a vegetarian? Quinoa-encrusted sweet potatoes make for a unique alternative to greasy and fatty ground beef. These healthier “meatballs” are delicious, and go perfectly on a nice bed of greens for dinner.
Vegetarian dishes get an unwarranted bad rap when it comes to protein. One cup of quinoa, with 24g of protein, is equivalent to one chicken breast or a fillet of salmon. Healthy protein is vital to the diet, as it provides energy that lasts, and keeps you away from the snack drawer. And don’t discount sweet potatoes. These sweet veggies are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, and magnesium.
You don’t have to sacrifice meatballs just because you’re trying to eat more vegetarian dishes. Quinoa and sweet potato “meatballs” pack in flavor while sneaking in a healthy dose of nutrients.
|*||1 cup prepared quinoa|
|*||2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked|
|*||1 tablespoon butter|
|*||1 onion, chopped|
|*||2 cloves garlic, minced|
|*||10 crimini mushrooms, chopped finely|
|*||1 tsp. ground cinnamon|
|*||Sea salt and pepper to taste|
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside.
-Brown the butter at medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened.
-Add mushrooms to saucepan and cook for 2 minutes; allow to cool.
-Add prepared quinoa, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, sea salt and pepper in a separate mixing bowl.
-Add the egg into the bowl and combine all the ingredients evenly with a handheld or stand mixer.
-Add the onion and garlic mixture, once it has cooled, to the sweet potato mixture.
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores).
-Form the mixture into meatballs and place on baking sheet.
-Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Mix up your standard weekday meal with something with a bit of a twist. These quinoa-encrusted sweet potatoes are easy to cook, and include a healthy, meatless dose of protein. So go out there and reclaim meatballs! And enjoy your new found increase in energy along with it.
Serving Size: 1 meatball
Total fat: 2.7g
Saturated fat: 1.2g
Total carbohydrate: 12.9g
Dietary fiber: 2g