Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar fame in recent years. It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor and a fun pop between the teeth when cooked. You’ll find beige, red, black, or tricolor quinoa in stores; they all taste the same, so use whichever color you prefer. Because quinoa has a bitter-flavored natural coating, it’s always a good idea to rinse it before cooking. Quinoa is great for pilafs, salads, soups, casseroles, and more. Find 31 great recipes for cooking with this ancient grain here.
Quick Quinoa Meatballs
This recipe comes from Jessica Goldman Foung, whose low-sodium diet requires the use of a creative variety of spices to boost flavor. If your diet allows, seasoning the recipe with 1/2 teaspoon salt adds just 40mg sodium per meatball—it works wonders for the taste of the dish. We like ground pork in this application, as opposed to a leaner meat like turkey, because it adds richer flavor while the amount of fat remains very low per serving. If you prefer to use fresh herbs—and they would work just fine here—use a whole teaspoon of each.