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Quick Quinoa Meatballs

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 24 (serving size: 1 meatball)
Editor's note: Since removing added salt from her diet, Jessica must use a creative variety of spices to boost flavor. If your diet allows, seasoning the recipe with 1/2 teaspoon salt adds just 40mg sodium per meatball.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup washed quinoa
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup diced shallot
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutrition Information

  • calories 70
  • fat 4.4 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 4.4 g
  • carbohydrate 3.2 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 29 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 19 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Put the quinoa and 1 cup water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once you have strong bubble action, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Check occasionally and stir to make sure no quinoa is burning at the bottom of the pan. Take the saucepan off the heat, transfer the quinoa to a medium mixing bowl, and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

  3. While the quinoa is cooling, add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Using your hands or a spoon, mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed and well combined.

  4. Shape the meat mixture into balls that are a little smaller than a golf ball. Place them in even rows on the lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven and cook the meatballs until they're slightly browned and crispy on top, 12 to 15 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, the safe internal temperature for pork is 165°.

Reprinted from Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook by Jessica Goldman Foung. Used with permission of the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.