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Baked Chicken Quinoa Spinach Meatballs

I was totally inspired by Baked Turkey Quinoa Spinach Meatballs recipe.  Unfortunately I only had ground chicken and adjusted the seasonings and quantities according.  I was also tight on time so I stuffed the meat into my small muffin pan to make a larger meatball/loaf/muffin.

To me the flavor was great, although I believe it needed a bit more moisture.  Serving it with ketchup was better.  The leftovers are going into some spaghetti which will work better.  By adding an extra egg or a bit of applesauce would probably solve this problem.  If you are serving in a sauce this recipe is probably fine as it is.  Kids both enjoyed these healthy meatballs.

After preparing my spaghetti sauce in the crock pot which cooks all day along with the leftover meatballs it was amazing.  I didn’t feel the need to eat any noodles with it.  We all just had a yummy bowl of meatballs with a tomato sauce which included fresh tomatoes out of our garden.  With a bit of green beans and potatoes on the side we had a well-balanced meal.

Chicken Quinoa Spinach Meatballs:chicken quinoa spinach meatballs

  •  20 oz. ground chicken
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (all I had was quinoa and wild rice mix)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 Tbs ground flaxseed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2 Tbs Parmesan cheese
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • dash sriracha or hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with your hands.  Mix until consistent throughout.

Chicken quinoa spinach meatballs

Either roll into meatballs and place on a foil lined sheet pan or press into muffin tins for mini meatloaf.

chicken quinoa spinach meatballs

Bake at 450 degrees for about 20-30 minutes depending on size of meatball.

Enjoy plain or with sauce!!!

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Meatball Subs

At my favorite sub shop meatball subs are my favorite.  Mr.Picky dislikes marinara sauce and was not excited to see that I was making meatball subs with a red sauce.  Next thing I know he is going up for a second sandwich.  The end results for dinner was those were pretty good, I guess you can make them again.  Turns out I know what a good sandwich is, and we have a new dinner to add to the list.

I am going to let you know now that I cheated and used frozen Italian meatballs, but by all means feel free to make your own.  I had a package in the freezer and have been working hard to empty my freezer.

Meatball SubsMeatball Subs:

Meatballs and Sauce:

  • 25-30 meatballs, frozen or cooked
  • 1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar

Sandwiches:

  • 5-6 french hoagie rolls or rolls of your choice
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • meatballs and sauce ( I slice my meatballs in half to make a more manageable sandwich)

Place meatballs and sauce ingredients in a small 1 quart slow cooker.  Cook on keep warm for about 4 hours, I believe this is key in order to make the sauce amazing.

To assemble sandwiches open up rolls on a sheet pan.  Place mozzarella cheese on the top half and sliced meatballs on the bottom half.  Spoon a bit of sauce onto meatballs and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Broil assembled sandwiches open until bubbly, remove and fold sandwich in half.

Party Meatballs

Party Meatballs

I love meatballs, and when I am too lazy to make them I do use frozen.  In this case these are the best recipe to use with frozen meatballs.  They take no time to throw together and heat rather quickly.  I would see this recipes similar often and thought it sounded terrible.  One reason was because I don’t care for grape jelly, but I love BBQ sauce it was a conflict of interest.  I had never bought grape jelly in my life, so I went out and purchased some and took the risk.  Well take my word for it, it was a risk worth taking   After making these the first time, I made them again a few days later and then my sister went home and made them again.  They are my new go to for a picnic or potluck when a hot dish is required.

Party Meatballs:

  • 2-3 lbs. frozen meatballs or homemade (you make the choice, beef or turkey)
  • 18 oz. bottle of BBQ sauce (again your favorite sauce)
  • 3/4 cup of grape jelly

Place all the ingredients in a 3-4 quart slow cooker.  Cook on low 3-4 hours, stirring every hour or so.

*After the first hour or so once the sauces have come together, taste the sauce.  Add more jelly to make it sweeter or more BBQ to add a smoky flavor.  I like mine with more BBQ flavor so that is how I have written the recipe.

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