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I am always looking for new ways to load up our meals with veggies. These Carrot Quinoa Meatballs are not only veggie-packed, but also dairy-free and vegan!
My husband recently had some stomach issues, which resulted in trips to an amazing plant-based gastrointestinal doctor named Dr. Angie Sadeghi. She recommend he try going dairy free to see if that help clear up some issues. After following her on social media, we began to learn more about the effect of meat and animal products on the gut so he decided to go vegan for a few weeks.
We are about 4 days into his vegan endeavor and so far he has seen improvement in the way he is feeling, so this might be the answer we were looking for! Preparing vegan meals for him and our family has really opened my eyes up to new ways to incorporate plants into our diet. I’m even purchasing vegetables that I previously wouldn’t have and testing out new preparations. It’s actually pretty exciting!
Health Benefits of Carrots
I decided to create these meatballs with carrots because we always have a large bag on hand! I like buying the 10lb bag of organic carrots from Costco for under $6! Carrots and quinoa are both included in my Ultimate Costco Shopping Guide for Healthy Family Meals.
Food Storage Tip: Store carrots in a container with water loosely covered. Change the water every few days when it starts to get slightly murky. This will make them last for a few weeks in the refrigerator!
Carrots contain beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, biotin and antioxidants. They have also been linked to lower cholesterol levels, improved eye health, and a reduced risk of cancer. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Health Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It is high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and antioxidants. This makes it a perfect choice for plant-based protein for vegetarian and vegan diets.
One cup of cooked quinoa contains approximately:
- 8 grams of protein
- 5 grams of fiber
- 58% of the recommended daily allowance of Manganese
- 222 calories
Carrot Quinoa Meatballs Recipe
I keep quinoa cooked and stored in my fridge to add to any meal. It is delicious served warm or cold, you can even mix it into salads! You will want to cook the quinoa according to directions on package and give it time to cool prior to starting the recipe.
For the carrots, you can use pre-shredded carrots from the store, however you will need to chop them up more finely so they can be formed into meatballs. I use my Oxo Grater Set to finely grate the carrots so they are softer and easy to mold.
I served these Carrot Quinoa “Meatballs” with some whole wheat spaghetti and marinara. They would also be great in veggie bowls or cut up and served to a baby as a finger food!
Carrot Quinoa Meatballs
- 1 cup quinoa cooked and cooled
- 2 cups carrots shredded
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (choose gluten free if needed)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Cook quinoa according to instructions. Allow to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash, peel, and finely shred carrots using a food grater. Pre-shredded carrots can work too, just chop them up more finely.
- In a bowl combine, quinoa, carrots, tomato paste, breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, sea salt, and pepper.
- With your hands, form 16 medium sized meatballs and place on lined baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes.
- Serve with pasta and marinara or any other favorite dish. Enjoy!
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Healthline (2018). 11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa.