Rachael Ray: Kelsey Nixon
Kelsey Nixon visited Rachael Ray to help make some healthy meals you can feel good about. She shared the simple secrets to cooking with Quinoa and then she showed how to do it with a recipe for Pork and Apple Meatballs.
Rachael Ray: Cooking with Quinoa
Contrary to popular misconception, Quinoa is not a grain but a germ. The superfood is “a complete protein” that cooks in a similar way to rice. You need a two-to-one ratio of Quinoa to water. Rinse the quinoa first before cooking it (like you would with canned beans).
“If you wanted to cook with quinoa throughout the week, I suggest making a big batch, storing it in the refrigerator,” Nixon said. Rachael agreed that it is an affordable, family-friendly option.
Rachael Ray: Kelsey Nixon Pork and Apple Quinoa Meatballs Recipe Ingredients
Did you know you could even make meatballs with Quinoa? Kelsey used pork, but you can substitute turkey or beef if you prefer. Apple helps to make the meatballs sweet and savory.
This is a high protein option that will also make your meatballs stretch. Pairing them with egg noodles will help you come in under budget on this dinner, and even kids will go wild over this meal.
- 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1 peeled, grated Tart Apple
- 1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
- 1 Egg
- 1 lb ground Pork
- 1/2 grated White Onion
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Kelsey Nixon: Rachael Ray Pork and Apple Meatballs with Quinoa Recipe Directions
- Preheat the broiler on low and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Do not overwork.
- Portion into meatballs the size of golf balls. Arrange on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about nine minutes in the oven, or until golden brown.
- Garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve over egg noodles.