Rating: 4.57 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

You can make this lean and delicious recipe with your choice of ground turkey or chicken. The mix can also be baked in meatball form: Simply roll it into 30 meatballs and bake 20 to 25 minutes, turning the meatballs once.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Place onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large skillet. Add carrot and celery to the food processor, and pulse until chopped. Add spinach and pulse a few times more. Add to the skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring until vegetables release liquid. Continue cooking until liquid evaporates and vegetables begin to brown, about 8 minutes; add water a tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to keep vegetables from sticking. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Add egg, ground meat, quinoa, soy sauce and black pepper to the bowl, and mix gently with your hands. Scrape mixture onto the baking sheet and form into a loaf approximately 4 inches wide and 10 inches long; wet your hands if the mixture is very sticky. Spread top of loaf with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake until cooked through and browned, about 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before slicing.

Note:

For the egg, you can substitute 1 tablespoon chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; protein 27.8g; carbohydrates 22.9g; fat 2.8g; cholesterol 81.9mg; sodium 353.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2017
Made this for my diabetic Step-Dad. He & Mom both said it was the best they'd ever had. Used ground turkey used slightly less quinoa a little over a cup & added an extra 7 minutes cooking time. Super moist & delicious. A fantastic way to incorporate veggies for anti-veggie folks. Will make this many times in the future. Can't give this one enough stars! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2020
Will make again with some adjustments: needs more flavor will use less quinoa or add a second egg for better texture since it crumbled when cut. Read More
(1)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2017
Made this for my diabetic Step-Dad. He & Mom both said it was the best they'd ever had. Used ground turkey used slightly less quinoa a little over a cup & added an extra 7 minutes cooking time. Super moist & delicious. A fantastic way to incorporate veggies for anti-veggie folks. Will make this many times in the future. Can't give this one enough stars! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2018
I made this as close to the recipe as I could with the ingredients I had access to and my diet requirements - I used rice instead of quinoa and green pepper instead of spinach and I omitted the soy sauce and used low sodium tomato soup instead of ketchup or BBQ sauce on top since I need to eat lower sodium and sugar. I wasn't sure how it would turn out since the raw mixture was so wet and kind of a sloppy mud-like consistency but it turned out perfect moist delicious and amazing! This has gone straight into my favourite recipes box. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2020
Will make again with some adjustments: needs more flavor will use less quinoa or add a second egg for better texture since it crumbled when cut. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/12/2019
I followed the recipe to a T and this did not turn out well. There was too much quinoa it was crumbly and it lacked flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2017
It was excellent Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2018
Wonderful recipe for a healthier version of meatloaf. I added peas along with the carrots and spinach. My boyfriend ate it for leftovers with no complaints. I accidentally used too much quinoa but the texture was still good and held together when sliced. I'm planning to use an altered version of this recipe for meatballs tonight! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2019
Having a stalk of celery in this recipe appears too much celery...Please clarify how many ribs of celery should be in the recipe? one rib? or a group of many ribs that are attached to 1 stalk? I'm looking forward to cooking this healthy recipe. thanks Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2017
Really good but took about 10 minutes longer to cook! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2017
Wonderful recipe that is easy to modify for individual tastes! Read More