Oh my gosh. This meal is one of my new favorites. It is getting warm here in Connecticut, but I can imagine how this is going to be such a comfort food meal as the days start to turn cooler again in the Fall. These ‘meat’balls have that great hearty taste, curtsy of the mushrooms, without being heavy. I saw the original idea for these on Aida Mollenkamp’s blog. I followed her recipe, however, made a few changes so as to make them gluten-free and to use the herbs that we had in our garden.
Cut two spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them flesh side down on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 F oven for about 45 minutes. They are done when a fork pokes through the skin with ease. Remove and let sit to cool. When ready, with a fork, scrape out spaghetti like flesh. Set aside.
Gluten-free Quinoa & Mushroom Meatballs:
- 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1 Tbls finely chopped thyme leaves
- Kosher salt to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 12 ounces small Portobello mushrooms, stems off and finely chopped (or whatever mushrooms you can find)
- 2 Tbls tomato paste
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup raw certified gluten-free oats pulsed in a blender/ cuisinart
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- good handful of fresh chopped basil and Italian parsley
Cook quinoa according to package, usually 1:2 quinoa to water ratio and cook for 15 minutes. Put a small pinch of salt in the water. When done, fluff and set aside in mixing bowl.
In frying pan over medium heat, put in glug of olive oil. Add onion, salt and pepper and cook until soft. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook for about 30 seconds. Put in mushrooms and cook until they are brown. Add tomato paste and cook for about a minute. Remove and place in mixing bowl with quinoa. Wait for about 5 minutes to let it all cool down.
Mix in eggs, oatmeal crumbs, cheese, and chopped basil and parsley. Mix well.
Dampen your hands (this really helps) and make meatballs about 1 inch in diameter. Place on lined cookie sheet. Place in 375 F oven for about 20 minutes. They should be warmed through and slightly browned.
When ready, plate the meatballs on top of the spaghetti squash and enjoy!!!