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Vegetarian Quinoa Meatballs and Patty Pan Pasta

These Vegetarian Quinoa Meatballs are loaded with quinoa, eggplant, spinach, and almond meal - bursting with flavor, you won't even miss the meat!!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Kaylee Pauley

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa cooked according to packet instructions
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 cup eggplant peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs chopped (parsley, chives, oregano)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° degree and spray pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Heat coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in red pepper and onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add in the eggplant and sauté another 3-5 minutes. Lastly, add in baby spinach and continue to sauté until spinach is wilted. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  • Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add in sautéed veggies and gently stir.
  • In small bowl, mix almond meal, garlic powder, onion powder and dried oregano.
  • Add in the fresh herbs, almond mixture, parmesan, salt and pepper to quinoa and veggies, stir to evenly distribute. Lastly, add in the egg and gently mix until just combined.
  • Take heaping spoonful of mixture into your hand and roll into “meatball” form and place on baking sheet. Continue to do this until all meatballs have been formed.
  • Bake the meatballs for 25 to 30 minutes or until slightly golden.
  • Serve as appetizers, with your favorite marinara and pasta, spaghetti squash or as a meatball sandwich!
  • Store leftovers in fridge.

Notes

*If you don't have eggplant, try substituting with mushrooms!
*When forming the "meatballs", the mixture will seem very sticky, this keeps them moist, they will firm up once baked, don't worry about the stickiness!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.1g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 13.1mg | Sodium: 47.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.8g