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sweet and sour quinoa balls. Perfect for a lunch box, finger food or as mart of a main meal. Great for kids and for baby-led weaning (blw)

Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls

Sweet and sour quinoa balls are perfect for a lunch box, finger food or as part of a main meal. Great for kids and for baby-led weaning (blw)
Course Lunch / Main meal
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 13 balls
Calories 54kcal


  • 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 a baby then you can leave out the soy sauce to reduce the sodium level
** If making for a baby / young toddler then make sure to chop the pineapple finely to avoid choking.
Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. 


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg