I love quinoa. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time!
Quinoa is my favorite whole grain for more than one reason. Quinoa takes very little time to cook and it tastes really (really) good. I cook my quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water and it is delicious on its own! Not only is quinoa quick and delicious it is also very good for you. Quinoa has the highest protein content of all of the whole grains. It also provides all 9 essential amino acids which make it a complete protein. Quinoa is also gluten-free and cholesterol free. If you haven’t tried it, you really should.
I am always on the lookout for new quinoa recipes. A few weeks ago I saw delicious picture after picture popping up on Pinterest. These delicious Pinterest pics caused me to desire, crave, and drool over quinoa patties (burgers). I peaked at a few of the recipes then headed to the kitchen to create a new quinoa recipe that would please my family. If you are new to quinoa or already know that you love quinoa you really should try this recipe
I totally scored on this recipe. Everyone in my family loved the quinoa patties. This recipe made a bunch, about 10 patties, I was even able to share with a neighbor the next day!
Here is what you need:
1 cup uncooked quinoa, 2 cups vegetable broth, 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (you could mix it up and use any cheese you desire of course), 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup shredded carrot, 1/2 cup zucchini (pat the zucchini with paper towels to remove excess moisture), 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 green onions (sliced), 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and olive oil for frying.
*you could also use 1 cup of carrot OR zucchini
Here is what you do:
In a medium saucepan bring vegetable broth to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients (minus the olive oil).
Heat a frying pan and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat. Your mixture will be somewhat moist and sticky. I found that using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter to be helpful. Drop your scoop into the heated pan then flatten to about 1/2 inch thick.
Fry until golden brown. You may be in a hurry but it is key to cook these patties at a lower temperature, about 6-8 minutes per side. The lower temperature causes them to become firm and easier to flip. Once the patties are golden brown on each side, serve immediately.
Next time I make this recipe I may bake them in a muffin tin, I will let you know! Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?? If so please share it in the comments!
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