Moroccan Meatball Bowls
with quinoa / roasted cauliflower
Juicy ground beef meatballs in a velvety tomato sauce are seasoned with a homemade Moroccan spice mix of coriander, paprika, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. Served over fluffy quinoa with roasted cauliflower on the side - this is comfort in a bowl!
Smarts:The egg in the meatballs acts as a binder to hold the ingredients together. If you find the meatball mixture to be too wet to form meatballs, add some breadcrumbs. To keep the meatballs tender, try not to overmix.
- Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Beef, ground - 2 lbs
- Eggs - 1
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Quinoa, uncooked - 2/3 cup
- Stock, any type - 1 1/3 cup
- Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
- Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
- Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
- Cumin - 1/2 tsp
- Ginger, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
- Cauliflower, florets - 16 oz, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Quinoa - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cauliflower / Parsley (for meatballs and bowls) / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make spice mix - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Combine coriander, smoked paprika, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make meatballs - (This makes enough for two nights.) Combine parsley (portion for meatballs), ground beef, eggs, salt, and black pepper. Form into 1.5” / 3.75 cm wide meatballs. If the filling feels too wet to form into meatballs, you can add some breadcrumbs. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees.
- Arrange cauliflower on a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil (portion for cauliflower) and season with some salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Roast cauliflower in the oven, stirring halfway through cooking, until the edges are brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.
- While cauliflower roasts, heat a large skillet with a lid over medium high heat. Add oil (portion for bowls) and then meatballs and saute until cooked on the outsides, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add spice mix (reserve half if doubled) and garlic to meatballs and stir until fragrant, ~1 minute more. Pour tomatoes over top and cover with a lid. Bring to a simmer.
- Simmer meatballs until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
- When meatballs are cooked through, use a slotted spoon to remove half the meatballs for Thursday night’s meal (no need to reserve any sauce).
- To remaining meatballs / sauce, taste and season the sauce with some salt and pepper. Add a pinch of sugar if you’d like a bit of sweetness.
- If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
- Squeeze lemon juice over roasted cauliflower.
- Assemble bowls by topping quinoa with meatballs and sauce. Serve cauliflower on the side. Finish with parsley (portion for bowls). Enjoy!
Eh, nothing special.0 Helpful
Meatballs and sauce were delicious and cauliflower and green beans were fine. Made Israeli couscous to bulk and it was just okay.0 Helpful
This was delicious! Sauted a chopped onion, added tofu and garlic, browned the tofu. Doubled the spices, except the cinnamon. Used fire roasted crushed tomatoes. Had a small head of cauliflower so added some broccoli too. Used a blend of rice we had on hand. Would make again.0 Helpful
I added Pablo breadcrumbs. I thought it was ok but was a little plain. Perhaps I should add more sugar or salt to the sauce.0 Helpful
Used ground turkey for the meatballs, and they were a little dry. Probably just needed to add some bread crumbs. Liked the spice mix, but the meatballs were better with some hot sauce. Not really my family's favorite.0 Helpful
I added panko, browned the meatballs in two batches and used a little extra oil to prevent them from sticking to my stainless steel pan and falling apart. This is the first time I was able to get meatballs to actually stay together while browning! Good dinner and the kids liked it too!0 Helpful