Note to everyone: when you make quinoa crusted anything, you have to used cooking quinoa, not raw quinoa. You’ll see in these pictures, that the quinoa is very white. When you cook the quinoa first, it won’t be as white, it will be a lighter hue.
Now let me tell you what happened.
Sidebar: a little factoid about me- I don’t like fried chicken or most fried foods. I know what you’re saying, “How can you NOT like fried food?” The truth is, my mother never really took us to fast food restaurants that served fried food. She cooked a lot and as a diabetic, she cooked very healthy, usually low-carb meals (fried food is definitely not low carb!)
What fried foods do I have a palate for? Fried calamari!
Anyway, the quinoa-crusted chicken fingers caught my eye, because, I figured, “if it’s going to be fried, it’s got to be healthier.”
I was so excited to make the quinoa crust that I forgot to pre-cook the quinoa and I just threw it in the oven to bake, raw. Big mistake. To be honest, the meatballs still tasted fine, the quinoa was just a bit odd in terms of texture.
What are your favorite types of meatballs?