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Quinoa Wrapped Meatballs

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Updated Jul 18, 2017
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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of lime zest (1/2 lime)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of bread, soaked in water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Tomato sauce (optional)


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Fry the onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes, or until it's very tender.
  • 3
    Transfer to a bowl with the ground beef. Season with salt, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon powder and grated lime zest. Combine well.
  • 4
    Add an egg, the previously soaked and well-drained bread and the Worcestershire sauce. Combine well until you have a very homogeneous mixture.
  • 5
    Form small, walnut-sized balls and insert a cheese cube into the center of each ball.
  • 6
    Dip the meatballs into the beaten egg and then roll in the cooked quinoa. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • 7
    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked and golden brown.
  • 8
    Serve the meatballs over salad, and sprinkle with some tomato sauce, if you wish.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    If you wish, you can fry the meatballs, but if you bake them in the oven, they won't be as greasy and will taste just as good.
  • tip 2
    Use white quinoa or combine it with red or black quinoa to add more color.
  • tip 3
    Substitute amaranth (kiwicha) for quinoa.

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More About This Recipe

  • Morena Cuadra My idea of watching what you eat is consuming all kinds of food, including meat and cereal, but in moderate portions. Here's a good example: meatballs wrapped in a thin layer of colorful quinoa. This dish allows for many variations, including stuffing the meatballs into pita bread to make a sandwich with lots of lettuce and tomato. I guarantee it's delicious, and you will feel full for a few hours. Quinoa is a seed that originated in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. Fortunately, it does not contain gluten, which makes it perfect for anyone who may have problems with wheat.
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