recipeQuinoa

Quinoa Patties

Quinoa has certainly  had a meteoric rise to fame in recent years- moving from a little known or used grain- to a pantry staple for the health conscious.  It is easy to understand why.  It is one of the few grains that are a complete protein.  It has a higher protein content than wheat, barley, other grains and eggs-making this grain a dieter’s dream.  It is a filling and low-cholosterol source of complete carbohydrates.  It’s also gluten free and acts as a natural detoxifier, helping food move through the digestive tract and also keeps you free of constipation and bloating.  Lastly, quinoa is a great source of plant-derived calcium so for those who do not consume dairy, this is an important diet addition.

I like to add quinoa to salads and soups as well as eating it with fresh vegetables tossed in a little olive oil. I came across this great recipe for quinoa patties that are easy to make and kid-friendly. Serve these at a party, for dinner or pack as a great on-the-go meal as they are tasty cold or hot. Get this: I made the patties and traveled with them for a weekend trip to La Jolla! They kept me out of the In-N-Out drive thru and ready to hit the beach when I arrived.

 

Ingredients

2 ½ cups cooked organic quinoa, room temperature

4 large organic, cage-free eggs, beaten

½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh organic chives

1 organic onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup freshly grated organic parmesan

3 cloves organic garlic

1 cup organic whole-grain bread crumbs (I used Gillian’s gluten, soy & wheat free bread crumbs)

1 tablespoon organic extra-virgin olive oil

 

Directions

Combine quinoa, eggs and salt in a medium bowl.

Stir in the chives, onion, cheese and garlic.

Add the bread crumbs, stir and let stand for a few minutes.

If the mixture is too wet, add more bread crumbs. If it is too dry, add more water.

Form mixture into twelve one-inch think patties.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

Working in batches, add patties, cover and cook until bottoms are deeply browned, about 7-10 minutes.

Increase heat to medium if there is no browning after 10 minutes.

Flip patties with a spatula and cook the second side until golden, about 7 minutes.

Remove from skillet and cool on a wire rack.

Repeat with remaining patties.

 

Yields 12 patties.

 

 

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