Quinoa Beef Meatballs Recipe – Baby Finger Food


Meatballs are such an easy picky eater pleaser 🙂 Here you are four reasons why I love them

1 – They are super versatile: you can really add anything you want and hide tons of veggies inside!!

2 – They are Super Easy to prepare. The concept is very basic: trow all the ingredients in a bowl + mix + create tiny balls with your hands + bake. And even if the balls are not perfectly round…that’s fine 🙂
Quinoa Beef Meatballs

3 – They freeze perfectly. I usually double the quantities of the recipe, prepare the meatballs on two trays, bake one and freeze the other. Once frozen (after 2/3 hours) I remove the meatballs from the tray and place them in a freezer plastic bag or container as it takes less room. When I’m in a hurry for dinner (or I do not want to cook – yes, it happenes to me too!!!!), I simply place them back on a baking sheet, drizzle some Olive oil on top and bake them directly from frozen just adding 6/8 more minutes to the usual baking time.

4 – They are a wonderful leftover. The next day they are a perfect school lunch idea or they can be mixed with some fresh marinara sauce and be a lovely dressing for a pasta (aka Pasta with meatballs)

Now you know why I love meatballs and I keep sharing with you new recipes how to make them 🙂


Today I wanted to try a different texture and flavor. I added quinoa (super healthy super food, naturally gluten free) and few spices. I also added an unusual ingredient for meatballs: grated apple. The apple keeps the meatballs moist and balances the spices flavor.


Considering the ingredients and the texture, this is a wonderful toddler recipe (or a baby recipe starting from 10 months due to the grainy texture of the meatballs).


  • 16 oz. Organic ground beef (500gr.)
  • 3 Cups cooked quinoa (900gr.)
  • 1 large Fuji apple, grated
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste (no salt)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


      1. Preheat the oven at 350F/180C
      2. Place all the ingredients in a big bowl in the sequence you prefer

      1. Mix everything
      2. Place one tablespoon of mix in your hands and roll it forming a small ball

      1. Place the meatballs on a parchment paper on a baking sheet

      1. Drizzle some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top of the meatballs

      1. Bake for 30 minutes
      2. Enjoy!


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