Quinoa is a great option if you are watching your carb intake or wanting a gluten free diet. Though it looks like a grain, it is actually a seed. It provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber and is much healthier for you. We now use this as a substitute for rice in our diet. It is very versatile and you can do so much with it. It can be eaten on its own or added to soup, salads, your main dish and even desserts.

To make, cook quinoa according to package directions.

For the meatballs, place 1 lb ground beef in a bowl and add the following : 2 garlic cloves finely minced, 1 egg, 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until well combined and shape into balls. Place meatballs in a foil lined baking tray. I was able to make 1 dozen pieces from these. Bake in a 400F oven until brown or for about 20 – 25 minutes.

To serve, scoop some quinoa onto your plate, add some greens, your meatballs and one fried egg. Drizzle your favorite sauce on your meatballs -teriyaki, wasabi mayo etc. For this recipe I just mixed some Japanese mayo and sweet chili sauce.