Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

Beef and Quinoa Meatballs
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
¼ cup quinoa
½ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 medium onion, grated
1 tsp ground coriander
sea salt to taste
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 28 oz. diced tomatoes or 3 cups peeled, diced fresh tomatoes
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook the quinoa with ½ cup of water in a small saucepan, let it cool.

Preheat the oven to 425F; line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, quinoa, parsley, onion and the seasonings, form into meatballs and place on the baking sheet, bake until they are cooked and browned, almost charred around the edges. While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce; finely chop the onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan, sauté the vegetables until tender and start to take on a light colour, add the tomatoes and the bay leaf, season with salt and pepper and let it simmer over low heat until thickened. Serve the meatballs with the dipping sauce on the side or add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for a few minutes or so right before serving.


About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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