Recipe: Quinoa Balls-delicious, Easy and Healthy!Fitness Gear & Equipment
Quinoa is a popular, health food, it is a grain which contains 12-18% protein making it a great food for vegetarians. It also is high in fiber, contains many essential minerals and is gluten-free. Quinoa is most often served as a substitute for rice, pasta or potatoes, simply boiled in salted water. Here is another way of preparing Quinoa which may make it more palatable to those who aren't crazy about Quinoa's taste. The finished Quinoa balls resemble falafel balls, and taste crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. To my surprise my kids gobbled up the whole lot and asked for more Quinoa balls the next day to take to school!
To make Quinoa balls you will need:
2 cup Quinoa
Salt and pepper
1 cup bread crumbs (half will go in the mixture and half is for coating the Quinoa balls)
1 baby marrow (zucchini)
Oil for frying
There are many options once you get the hang of making these Quinoa balls. You can add into the mix grated onion, chopped herbs (parsley, dill, mint, basil or coriander) and various combinations of spices (curry, paprika, cumin etc).
Method for Quinoa balls:
Rinse the Quinoa then add it to a pot of water on the stove. The ratio of Quinoa to water should be one cup of Quinoa to every two cups of water. Boil the Quinoa for about 10 minutes, until it is still firm and slightly crunchy but not hard or over cooked and slushy.
Remove the Quinoa from the stove and rinse it through with cold water. This is to cool down the Quinoa before it is added to the rest of the ingredients. Alternatively leave the Quinoa to cool.
Make sure you have squeezed out as much water as possible from the Quinoa then put it in a bowl and add salt and pepper, two eggs, half a cup of bread crumbs, grated carrot and grated baby marrow. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands if the mixture is not binding add more bread crumbs and if it is too dry add another egg.
In a frying pan heat up just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
Using your hands mold the Quinoa into balls the size of golf balls and place them in the oil. Keep turning the Quinoa balls until they are slightly brown on all sides then remove from the heat and place on kitchen paper towel.
Once the Quinoa balls are ready you can serve them either on their own or with any kind of sauce or dip, for example:
1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/3 cup soya sauce, 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 clove of crushed garlic..
To make this recipe gluten-free the bread crumbs would have to be replaced - perhaps with sesame seeds - and to make it fit for vegans the eggs would have to be replaced.