Chicken & Quinoa Meatballs

This recipe is quick and easy to make and is naturally gluten free!  It’s a healthy and flavorful alternative to traditional meatballs made with ground beef and pork.

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Quinoa replaces breadcrumbs, which not only makes it gluten free, but adds a number of minerals and b-vitamins to the meal.  They can also be made in a slow cooker! Meatballs are versatile.  Eat them alone, as a sandwich, or on your spaghetti!

Ingredients:
1 lb Ground Chicken, extra lean
1 cup Quinoa, cooked
1/4 Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Egg
24-48 oz of your favorite Tomato Sauce (I like to use 48 because I love sauce – homemade fresh tomato sauce recipe coming soon)

Directions:

– Make sure quinoa is cooled before mixing.

  • Heat tomato sauce in a large pot until almost boiling, reduce to a simmer to avoid burning.
  • Combine chicken, onion, garlic, seasoning, and egg.  Mix until  completely blended.
  • Form meatballs into preferable size and drop into the sauce.
  • Simmer for 1 – 2 hours, stirring frequently.  If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 4-6 hours until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
  • Simmering for this length of time ensures that the flavors are bold in the sauce.  In reality, you could get away with 25-30 min as long as they are cooked through.
  • Enjoy!

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