Great Balls of Fiber

If you haven't been to the food52.com website, spend a minute/2-3 hours there and see what they have to offer--searchable recipe index, contests for home cooks, a cookbook contest and much, much more.  I was attracted by this meatless "meatball" recipe.  Primarily because it called for cooked quinoa and I had a bunch of that stuff laying around, but also because it called for cauliflower.

                                               Hello, beautiful! 

As a bonus, it gave me the opportunity to use my new ice cream/meatball scoop....

                               Perfect balls.  Every time.

If you have a New Year's resolution to eat a bit healthier or just want a colon that is clean as a whistle, this recipe is for you.  The meatless balls are a lot like falafel but without the frying.

Their crispy exterior is the result of baking at 350F for about 30 minutes.  The insides remain tender and fluffy.  The cauliflower is poached in some broth with spinach and pureed last minute with some lemon juice to form the soup base.  The only substitution I made was using mizithra instead of feta to top the dish--you could omit the cheese/use vegetable broth/egg replacer and the dish would be vegan.

 Sophie enjoyed this even after realizing it contained beans.  Two thumbs up!