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Preparation time
Total time
1h 15min
6 portion(s)


Quinoa, Chickpea & Spinach Balls

  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husks
  • 400 g Canned Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 150 g silverbeet, fresh, stems removed
  • 55 g quinoa, 1/3 cup dry, cooked according to packet instructions
  • 120 g ricotta cheese, firm
  • 50 g LSA, Or see recipe below to make it yourself
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons salt, more or less to taste

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 onion, peeled & halved
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 20 g olive oil
  • 1 bottles tomato passata, approx. 700ml
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (for 0.5 l)
  • 370 g water
  • 20 g red wine vinegar
  • Mozzarella Cheese, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

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Recipe's preparation

    Prepare the balls
  1. 1. Turn the psyllium husks into flour by adding to the bowl and grinding, speed 9/5 seconds. Set aside. If you don't want to buy LSA especially for this recipe, make your own by adding to the psyllium: 25g flaxseeds, 15g sunflower seeds & 10g almonds. Blend to a flour as before and set aside.
    2. Grind the fennel seeds, speed 9/5 seconds, set aside (can add to the psyllium husks)
    3. Chop spinach, speed/seconds, set aside (can add to the others).
    4. Chop garlic speed/seconds. Add the chickpeas and mix, speed 5/5 seconds. Add everything else, along with all the other remaining ball ingredients, back to the bowl.
    5. Mix it all together until it all comes together, about speed/seconds. You will probably need to mix in 5 second bursts, and get in there with a spatula to help bring it all together. You want it all mixed together, but not so much that you lose texture.
    6. Spray or brush the varoma trays with oil. Roll the mixture into balls, about 2 tablespoons worth. The mixture will be sticky. Sometimes it's easier to have damp hands to roll. Place the balls on the varoma trays, taking care to leave a little space between them to allow the steam through.
    7. Once all the balls are rolled, add some water to the bowl and blitz to rinse. Don't worry about getting it spotless or dry before moving onto the sauce tmrc_emoticons.-) Easy!
  2. Make the sauce
  3. 1. Add the onion & garlic to the bowl and chop, speed 5/5 seconds.
    2. Add the oil. Cook on Varoma/speed/seconds
    3. Add the passata, stock cube and water. Place the Varoma trays on top. Cook Varoma/Speed 1/20 minutes.
    4. Add the red wine vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes on Varoma/Speed 1/5 minutes. Check the balls, they should be feeling a little firmer now.
  4. Bake
  5. 1. Preheat the oven to 180C while the sauce is cooking.
    2. Once the sauce & balls are done, add the balls to a deep baking dish then pour over the sauce. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
    3. Bake for 20 minutes and serve.

    If you're in a hurry, you can skip the baking step entirely. Just serve the balls covered in sauce, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.


If you're not a fan of fennel, swap it out for 1/2 cup of fresh basil or some lemon zest.
Likewise, you could easy swap the silverbeet for another leafy green (e.g. spinach, kale).

Recipe inspired by Donna Hay's Quinoa, chickpea and silver beet balls in tomato sauce recipe

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    Recipe is created for
    TM 5
    If you are using a Thermomix® TM6 measuring cup with your Thermomix® TM5:
    For cooking (simmering) at temperatures of 95°C or above (200°F), the simmering basket should always be used instead of the TM6 measuring cup, as the TM6 measuring cup fits tightly in the lid. The simmering basket rests loosely on top, is steam-permeable, and also prevents food spatter from the mixing bowl.
    Please note that the TM5 mixing bowl has a larger capacity than the TM31 (capacity of 2.2 liters instead of 2.0 liters for TM 31). Recipes for the Thermomix TM5 may not be cooked with a Thermomix TM31 for safety reasons without adjusting the quantities. Risk of scalding by spraying of hot liquids: Do not exceed the maximum filling quantity and observe the filling level markings of the mixing bowl!

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