These Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls are great for packed lunches, as a snack or as part of a main meal.
Sweet and Sour oozes kid appeal and these Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls are no different. Cooked in pineapple juice, vinegar, ginger, garlic, tomato paste and low sodium soy sauce (optional) the quinoa soaks up all the delicious flavours and truly tastes amazing!
I make a lot of different quinoa balls, like these tomato and basil balls, as I find them perfect to have in the fridge to snack on or to serve in a lunch box. This version has to be the boys’ favourite – they really don’t last long!
If you are doing baby-led weaning then these are a perfect finger food. You can just leave out the soy sauce to reduce the sodium levels. I would also make sure to chop the pineapple finely so that there are no big chunks. Cooking them in a ball format saves a lot of mess! I used to hate trying to clean up tiny grains of quinoa when Rory was a baby!
Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce* (optional)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed)
- 100 g (approx. 2 rings) pineapple chopped into small pieces **
- 1 beaten egg
- Pre heat oven to 180c/ 350f / Gas 4.
- Heat oil in pan over medium / high heat. Reduce heat and gently fry the onion until softened (approx. 5 mins). Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a further min. To the onions and garlic, add the vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, pineapple juice, water and quinoa then stir.
- Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 15 mins.
- Turn the heat off and leave the quinoa to sit covered for a further 5 mins.
- Stir in the chopped pineapple.
- Allow to cool and then stir in the beaten egg.
- Form approx.13 heaped tablespoon sized balls and place on a silicon mat / lined baking tray.
- Cook in the oven for 20 mins or until golden.
* If making for baby then you can leave out the soy sauce to reduce sodium level
** If making for a baby / young toddler then make sure to chop the pineapple finely to avoid choking.