quinoa spaghetti and turkey meatballs
March 30, 2015 § 63 Comments
We’ve shifted our diet around a bit. I am strictly buying organic foods now and we have cut out a few things. One being gluten. Although we don’t consider ourselves gluten intolerant (thank goodness) we decided to eliminate it for two weeks just to see what would happen. And boy were we were surprised. Our energy level came up significantly, that feeling of fullness disappeared, we are sleeping better and have dropped a few inches from our waistline.
At this point we are not completely gluten free, but we are making different choices when buying foods that contain gluten. You can imagine while deciding to minimize the amount of gluten in our food the first thing that crossed my mind was pasta. I can remove all kinds of things from my diet but pasta was going to be a huge challenge. Semolina pasta is my comfort food. Then lo and behold while shopping at the co-op the other day I stumbled upon a little box of quinoa pasta. The spaghetti we usually purchase is available in 16 ounce (one pound) boxes. This little box was only 8 ounces. I paid for it and couldn’t wait to get home to start the meatballs.
We were pleasantly surprised with the chewy “al dente” texture of the quinoa pasta and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gluten free spaghetti option. And I must say it felt right cooking that little 8 ounce box rather than a whole pound of spaghetti. We were completely satiated.
Served with a sprinkling of parmesan.
I n g r e d i e n t s
- 1 pound ground organic free range ground turkey
- 1/2 purple onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 – 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- handful parsley, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
M e t h o d
Sauce. Using a large pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the crushed garlic cloves and cook until fragrant. Do not brown. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and lower the heat to low. Add salt and allow to simmer.
Meatballs. Place all ingredients in a bowl, remove your rings and mix well with your hands. Create golf ball sized meatballs and dropped them evenly into your tomato sauce as you go. Do not stir. You may break up the meatballs. Instead, take the pot by the handles and swirl the meatballs around a bit to evenly coat with sauce. Cover and continue to simmer giving it a swirl every now and then.
Pesto. Before you prepare the pesto, place a large pot of water on high heat. For a quick and efficient method you may place all the pesto ingredients in a food processor and whizz. Otherwise, chopped and mince your ingredients and place them all in a bowl and stir. When the water is boiling cook your pasta according to the package instructions.
When pasta is done, drain and return to the pot. Toss the pasta with the pesto. Add a few large spoonfuls of tomato sauce and toss. Serve with a little more sauce, meatballs and parmesan.
Serves 3 with leftover meatballs.