Saturday, August 31, 2013

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs over Pasta

It's been a while, since my last post, I have a bit more time on my hands these days since my daughter has left the nest and is off at college. It's so quiet and a little bit sad in my house. So its time to distract myself and cook!!

 I've been thinking that I really want to go vegetarian but my love of fish holds me back. Quinoa is a great source of protein. In fact quinoa is complete protein containing all nine essential amino sources. Its high in iron, fiber, and lysine. Along with riboflavin, and magnesium
which is a powerful antioxidant. Here is a recipe that just came to mind while thinking of other non meat protein sources.

Ingredients for Meatballs 

1 pound of lean ground turkey
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
1/2 cup of fresh pesto
2 cups of cooked quinoa


Cook quinoa according to package, mix with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Hand roll each meat ball and place in a medium high heat pan and let brown on each side of ball until throughly cooked. No oil is needed in pan due to the pesto in the meat mixture. When the meatballs are throughly cooked place them on folded paper towels to let the oil drain off of them. Serve the meatballs over pasta with red sauce, top with parmesan and fresh basil.



  1. This looks so delicious, Laura! I've been looking for more ways to use quinoa and I just made a bunch of fresh basil pesto, so I'll definitely be trying this recipe out soon!!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you're doing great!


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