National Meatball Day | Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” for #SundaySupper – The Foodie Patootie

National Meatball Day | Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” for #SundaySupper

First, I rarely make meatless meals. Everything usually comes with beef or more often, chicken. Since I’m part Cuban, you can imagine that I love me some pork also. This Sunday Supper meatless theme almost threw me for a loop. Today is both National Meatball Day and National Crabmeat Day. “Meat” is in both of these! I thought I wouldn’t be able to participate, but then I thought a little harder. Who says I can’t make meatless meatballs? Nobody, that’s who. The Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” that I’m featuring today will do just fine.

Teriyaki Quinoa Meatballs via | #asian #recipe #foodholiday #vegetarianI had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Donatella Arpaia yesterday, a chef known for her meatballs. While they are most definitely not meatless, being in her presence made me excited all over again for my quinoa meatballs. As an Italian, meatballs are a way of life. At each Sunday pasta dinner at my grandfather’s house you can find a very large pot of homemade sauce with homemade meatballs, Italian sausage and hardboiled eggs. He makes those meatballs small enough to where we all play go fish with the spoon to find them. After dinner, while we all rest up in the living room before dessert, I’ve been known to sneak away to make an open-faced meatball sandwich topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano.

Needless to say, the quinoa meatballs are totally different than what I’m used to, but the sentiments behind the meatball remain the same. Any mention of meatball, any at all, and I’m instantly transported to pasta dinner at the Buggica house where we all form a line around the kitchen island and yell at the person at the front to hurry and find their toppings so we can get on with dinner, followed by loving ridicule of the chef (my grandfather). It’s how the Italians define family fun. 🙂

Teriyaki Quinoa Meatballs via | #asian #recipe #foodholiday #vegetarianThis is also only my second time eating quinoa. Can you believe that?? I’ve never cooked it before, and I don’t tend to order it when I’m out and see it on a menu. I was happy to be able to form a meatball that didn’t completely fall apart, and absorbed the teriyaki glaze very well! These are perfect with a meal, as an appetizer, or even as a snack.

National Meatball Day | Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” for #SundaySupper
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: The Foodie Patootie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 16 meatballs
  • [b]Quinoa “Meatballs”[/b]
  • 4.7 ounce box of quinoa (I used Nature’s Earthly Choice, Mushroom and Vegetable Medley)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, or more
  • Pinch each of: black pepper, paprika, chili powder, dried oregano, dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
[b]Quinoa “Meatballs”[/b]
  1. Preheat oven to 450*F. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl and let cool almost to room temperature. Add all ingredients to the bowl and mix well. You might need to add more breadcrumbs for the right consistency and to be able to roll a “meatball”.
  3. Shape the mixture into balls and placed them on a lightly sprayed baking sheet. Cook for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with teriyaki glaze. Return to the oven and continue to cook for 4-7 minutes, or until the meatballs are crispy.
[b]Teriyaki Sauce[/b]
  1. Whisk teriyaki sauce and brown sugar together. Brush over meatballs at the 8 minute cooking time.

Also today: National Crabmeat Day

Tomorrow: National Blueberry Popover Day

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57 Responses to “National Meatball Day | Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” for #SundaySupper”

  1. Manu — March 9, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I think I win… I have never eaten quinoa… not yet!!! But these “meat”balls look so good! I would LOVE to try them!

    • Jennifer — March 12th, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

      Quinoa is one of my new favorite things. 🙂

  2. Shaina — March 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That’s funny that today is National Meatball Day and #SundaySupper is going meatless…oh the irony. Great idea to use quinoa, you should definitely eat it more often 🙂

    • Jennifer — March 12th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

      I plan on eating quinoa more often! I really enjoy the texture and there is so much you can do flavor-wise.

  3. Melanie — March 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

    So intrigued by these – they sound delicious!

  4. I have to try this! I love the idea of using quinoa for meatballs. So creative!

  5. Liz — March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Your quinoa balls look terrific, Jennifer!!!

  6. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — March 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    what a fabulous spin in meatless!!! love the addition of the quinoa!

  7. How clever are THOSE!

  8. MealDiva — March 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    These look fantastic!!!

  9. Hezzi-D — March 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve been looking for more quinoa recipes…I love that these “meatballs” are flavored with teriyaki. YUM!

  10. Shannon R — March 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    What a cool way to use quinoa! These look fantastic.

    • Jennifer — March 10th, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

      Thanks, Shannon!

  11. Mmm, I would love these over a salad at lunch!

  12. Renee — March 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I enjoy quinoa very much and it’s nice to see how well it works for “meat”balls. This is something I’d like to try one day.

    • Jennifer — March 10th, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

      I’m definitely going to start incorporating quinoa into my meals more.

  13. The Wimpy Vegetarian — March 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I just heard a little while ago that today is National Meatball Day! These are the perfect choice for today’s SundaySupper.

  14. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — March 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I have been wanting to try meatless burgers but these meatless meatballs are calling my name!

    • Jennifer — March 10th, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

      I love meatless burgers too! Maybe a little of both? lol

  15. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — March 10, 2014 at 4:47 am

    These we have got to try! I have a feeling teriyaki and quinoa were meant for each other!

    • Jennifer — March 10th, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

      I can tell you that your feeling is completely right!

  16. Sarah — March 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    How healthy, and delectable!

  17. Cindys Recipes and Writings — March 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    So pretty they almost look like candy!

    • Jennifer — March 10th, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

      Thank you, Cindy!

  18. Lane @ Supper for a Steal — March 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I like the idea of teriyaki quinoa. Sounds delicious. I was totally craving meatballs this weekend, but had the real thing 🙂

    • Jennifer — March 12th, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

      I crave meatballs all.the.time.

  19. Laura Hunter — March 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a great meatless meatball idea. I need to give this a try, I think my toddler would love it too.

    • Jennifer — March 12th, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

      Yeah! And it’s so simple, too!

  20. Anne @ Webicurean — March 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’ve been looking for something different to try with the quinoa–this looks like just the ticket!

  21. Tammi @ Momma's Meals — March 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I’m always looking for something different to do with quinoa, I can’t wait to try these!

  22. Tammi — April 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Ahhh! Epic fail

    • Jennifer — April 2nd, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

      Oh nooo! I’m sorry. 🙁 They can be finicky. I tried this recipe about 3 times.


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