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Moroccan Meatball Bowls
with quinoa / roasted cauliflower

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min

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.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Moroccan Meatballs (for 2 nights):
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beef, ground - 2 lbs
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Moroccan Meatball Bowls with Quinoa:
  • 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
Moroccan Spice Mix:
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Roasted Cauliflower:
  • Cauliflower, florets - 16 oz, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. 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)
  2. Cauliflower / Parsley (for meatballs and bowls) / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)

Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees.
  2. Arrange cauliflower on a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil (portion for cauliflower) and season with some salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Roast cauliflower in the oven, stirring halfway through cooking, until the edges are brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Simmer meatballs until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  10. Squeeze lemon juice over roasted cauliflower.
  11. Assemble bowls by topping quinoa with meatballs and sauce. Serve cauliflower on the side. Finish with parsley (portion for bowls). Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 65 reviews

I added bread crumbs, and used tomato sauce instead of crushed. I was skeptical of all the spices in the sauce, but it was delicious! Also added a healthy amount of olive oil when frying the meatballs, which gave the sauce body.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 08, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

The sauce was a bit sweet so I added red pepper flakes and it was perfect.

By: Lyndsi
Posted: Dec 08, 2018
Diet: Original

I added an onion and doubled the spices. We really liked it.

By: Carrie
Posted: Dec 08, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Added panko to the meatballs.

By: Allison
Posted: Dec 08, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

Fine weeknight option. We pretty much love meatballs.

By: Colleen
Posted: Dec 07, 2018
Diet: Original

This is pretty good. The sauce was a little soupy but good. I used turkey for the meatballs instead of beef and the meatballs turned out really well.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Dec 07, 2018
Diet: Original