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Veggieful Meatball and Quinoa Bowls


I honestly try to get all my veggie and fruit servings in throughout the day, but let's be honest y'all...some days that is just hard! That's why I am never above sneaking in as many veggies into a single meal as possible. This strategy also bodes well when you have a picky toddler. Even if they look at this quinoa and notice the bits of green (which you can always omit), they'll NEVER know these tender, juicy meatballs are packed with extra veggie goodness. Now I'm going to make a bold statement, these are the best chicken meatballs I have ever made! It makes extra so freeze half then pull them out for some sneaky veggies in your next bowl of spaghetti.


Veggieful Meatball and Quinoa Bowls


Serves:

Quinoa- 2

Meatballs- 3-4


Ingredients

Quinoa Bowls

  • ½ cup quinoa

  • 1 cup chicken bone broth

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Veggieful Meatballs

  • 1 lbs ground turkey or chicken

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 tsp rosemary

  • ¼ cup panko breading

  • ¼ cup frozen riced cauliflower (thawed)

  • 2 tbsp sweet potato puree (love Serenity Kids sweet potato & parsnip puree pouch- shop here for 15% off your first SK order) *affiliate link

Instructions

Veggieful Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

  2. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl then form into roughly 10-12 meatballs.

  3. Arrange on parchment paper covered baking sheet with 1-2 in space between.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Turn meatballs.

  6. Continue baking for 10 more minutes or until internal temp is 165 F.

Quinoa (make while meatballs bake)

  1. Combine bone broth and quinoa in medium nonstick pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to simmer.

  3. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.

  4. Stir in spinach and cranberries.

Serve meatballs over quinoa for a toddler approved, veggieful lunch or dinner!

Tips

  1. Freeze extra meatballs in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.

  2. This recipe is also perfect for meal prep so cook it all up on a Sunday then store in individual portions in airtight containers in the fridge. Enjoy over 3-4 days.

  3. If you don't have time to make the meatballs, cook then quinoa then serve with some pulled store-bought rotisserie chicken...boom 10 minute meal.


Whether you're whipping these up for your work week lunches or to sneak some veggies in for picky toddlers, I hope you enjoy this nutritious, satisfying meal as much as I do!

-Lauren




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