Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Recipe inspired by @sneakymommies

  cup uncooked quinoa (makes about 2 cups cooked)
 1 (12 oz) package frozen riced cauliflower
 ½ cup breadcrumbs
 2 eggs, beaten
 ½ tsp paprika
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp oregano (we used fresh from our garden)
 ½ tsp basil (we used fresh from our garden)
 1 onion, chopped finely
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 Olive oil, for frying
 1 jar of marinara sauce (we love Rao's!)
 Pasta, for serving
 Parmesan cheese, for serving

1

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2

Steam cauliflower until fork-tender.

3

In a food processor, combine both quinoa and cauliflower rice until broken down. Transfer to a large bowl.

4

Add breadcrumbs, eggs. and spices to the bowl and mix well.

5

Heat a large skillet on medium-low flame. Add oil and saute onions until caramelized. Once golden, add in the garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.

6

Transfer onion-garlic mix to the large bowl and combine well with other ingredients.

7

Heat the same large skillet again and add oil. In batches, fry the "meatballs" on all sides until golden. Store on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat process with the remainder of the meatballs.

8

While frying, cook pasta in a separate saucepan.

9

Once all meatballs are finished, combine with drained pasta, add in marinara sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  cup uncooked quinoa (makes about 2 cups cooked)
 1 (12 oz) package frozen riced cauliflower
 ½ cup breadcrumbs
 2 eggs, beaten
 ½ tsp paprika
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp oregano (we used fresh from our garden)
 ½ tsp basil (we used fresh from our garden)
 1 onion, chopped finely
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 Olive oil, for frying
 1 jar of marinara sauce (we love Rao's!)
 Pasta, for serving
 Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

1

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2

Steam cauliflower until fork-tender.

3

In a food processor, combine both quinoa and cauliflower rice until broken down. Transfer to a large bowl.

4

Add breadcrumbs, eggs. and spices to the bowl and mix well.

5

Heat a large skillet on medium-low flame. Add oil and saute onions until caramelized. Once golden, add in the garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.

6

Transfer onion-garlic mix to the large bowl and combine well with other ingredients.

7

Heat the same large skillet again and add oil. In batches, fry the "meatballs" on all sides until golden. Store on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat process with the remainder of the meatballs.

8

While frying, cook pasta in a separate saucepan.

9

Once all meatballs are finished, combine with drained pasta, add in marinara sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

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