Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs with Warm Yogurt Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

///Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs with Warm Yogurt Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs with Warm Yogurt Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Lately I’ve been making meatballs with about 50/50 meat and quinoa. It cuts out some fat without cutting out protein, and tastes delicious. I was worried that the squash would add too much sweetness to the dish, but we were pleasantly surprised by the result.

For the Spaghetti Squash:

  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash

Cut the squash in half length-wise and place face down in a foil-lined baking pan with a little water at the bottom. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes. Allow to cool, then using a fork, scrape squash out in spaghetti style threads. Reheat in a sauce pan if needed, and top with lamb meatballs and warm yogurt sauce with a few sprinkles of dried red pepper.

For the meatballs:

  • 1 diced white onion
  • 1/2 lb lamb
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix the lamb, lemon zest, spices, parsley and onion in a large bowl, and season. Using your hands, mix until well combined, then shape into walnut-sized balls. Bake on a foil-lined, lightly greased baking sheet in a 400 oven for about 20 minutes.

For the warm yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup full fat or 2% greek yogurt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • tablespoon of dried or fresh mint
  • pinch of salt and pepper
    pinch of red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients except the red pepper flakes and pulse in a blender or food processor until well combined. Once meatballs are done and the spaghetti squash is ready, heat in a small sauce pan on low until warm enough to serve. Do not boil. Drizzle over meatballs and serve.

By |2015-03-24T22:03:49+00:00March 24th, 2015|Food, Greek Food|0 Comments

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Charity Meinhart
Charity Meinhart is a graphic designer, videographer, and photographer born and raised on the Western Slope of Colorado. She specializes in graphics of all kinds—from presentations to advertisements to infographs—as well as short films, documentaries, and all types of professional photography. When she's not creating behind a large screen, she is either cooking something weird or exploring remote parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming on with her husband Brian and furry children Ender and Kaiser.

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