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Want to know the most delicious way to combine super-nutritious quinoa and kale to make something radical for your taste buds? Well, this is it. Mostly because we like anything that has cancer-fighting nutrients and that you can put an avocado on top of.
Plus quinoa is, like, really good for you. It’s not a grain or cereal, but instead classified as a “pseuodo-cereal,” which is news to us. The findings of a scientific study in 2011 states that: “Quinoa, a plant native to South America, has become a popular food staple due to its high nutritional content. The edible seeds of the quinoa plant are rich in protein, unsaturated fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. Quinoa also contains beneficial polyphenols that help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer” (Gómez-Caravaca, 2011). So lets load up on some of those beneficial polyphenols!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
4 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
3 spring onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup steamed kale, chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs ( GF friends: be sure to use GF breadcrumbs. I always make my own.*)
1 teaspoon olive oil
Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, salsa verde, garlic oil
Rinse 1 cup of quinoa thoroughly and place the grains in a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water. Allow quinoa to soak for 15 minutes. Then, with the lid on the pan, bring the water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until quinoa is tender and has absorbed the liquid – about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temp.
In a large bowl, mix together cooked quinoa, eggs, Parm, spring onions, garlic, salt, steamed kale, and breadcrumbs. Let everything sit for a few minutes to absorb the liquid. You want the batter to be moist, but not runny. Form patties and get your pan ready for cookin’.
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook up to 6 patties at a time (don’t overcrowd the pan). Cover the pan and let the cuties cook for 7-10 minutes until the underbellies are a deep rich brown. Flip and cook the other side for another 7-10 minutes until both sides are nice and brown. Let patties rest on a cooling rack while you finish the next batch. Top off with any combination of avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, salsa verde, and/or garlic oil.
Note: If you don’t want to eat all the patties right away, go ahead and refrigerate the batter and cook patties up to order at a later moment. Also, if you are using leftover quinoa to start, use 2 1/2 cups.
Recipe courtesy of www.yummysupper.blogspot.com
Gómez-Caravaca AM, et al. Simultaneous determination of phenolic compounds and saponins in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) by a liquid chromatography—diode array detection—electrospray ionization—time-of-flight mass spectrometry methodology. J Agric Food Chem 2011;59:10815-10825.
Scott, Erin. (2012). Retrieved from: http://yummysupper.blogspot.com/2012/09/quinoa-kale-patties.html