Looking for a way to add other grains into your diet? If you’re getting bored of rice, mix things up with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH).
Some quick facts about this super grain:
- An amino acid-rich protein (a complete protein suitable for vegans) considered to be a grain but actually part of the the leafy green family, like spinach or swiss chard (WHO KNEW?)
- Contains the high levels of the amino lysine, essential for tissue growth and repair. Lysine is also used to treat cold sores.
- Great source of maganese, magnesium, folate and phosporus making it useful in combatting migrains, diabetes and atherosclerosis
Did you know that you can purchase quinoa all year round? Find it at either at your local health food store or in the health food section of your grocery store.
This week, I wanted to make something different but not too complicated. With a little digging on the interwebs, I found this recipe.
This was simple enough and one of the only quinoa patty recipes I’ve found that doesn’t require me to purchase a dehydrator (more on that later).
*** I made mine bite sized. Though it took a little bit more time to cook, it was TOTALLY worth it.
I really like their ideas on what to pair it with. Another treat would be goat cheese, with sliced roasted beets on top. Or avocado with a slice of tomato and some salt and pepper. Or, have it with salad and/or soup. That’s usually my fail safe option. Or you can cut up the patty and put directly on your salad or in a pita or tortilla. I had a couple for breakfast this morning with my Vega shake. So many options!
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed (organic if possible)
- 2 cups water or broth
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour (I like to use rice flour)
- 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil for frying (olive, coconut, saffoil, grapeseed…)
Simmer the quinoa in the water for approximately 15 minutes. By then , the liquid should be absorbed and the quinoa should be tender. When it has finsihed cooking, let it cool for a bit.
Mix the cooked quinoa with the eggs, onion, garlic, flour, parmesan, salt and pepper, adding more flour if required.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Spoon the mixture into the pan and form patties of any size that you desire and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side.
Set aside on paper towels to drain.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Tell us, how do you prepare your quinoa? What is your favourite dish?
Up next…spicing it up with spices!