Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quinoa & Chive Patties

Over the last year or so, I have dramatically reduced the amount of oil I use when cooking. Not only is it 100% fat and 120 calories for 1 teeny tablespoon, it is also a processed food. You would be amazed by how easy it is to saute with vegetable broth or even water and not taste the difference!

However, there are exceptions to my no oil rule, especially when it comes to getting something browned and crispy. There just really isn't a good substitute. Hence my perfectly browned patties shown above!

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains and my toddler devours Green Quinoa every time I make it! I made a big batch last night and instead of serving plain ol' quinoa as a side dish with dinner, I decided to make something fun out of it instead. I read somewhere that using prepared quick oats as a binder works wonders for vegan burgers, so I decided to give that a try. It came out PERFECTLY! You could cut with a fork and the rest still stayed perfectly intact.

Give these quinoa patties a try tonight.

1 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed if needed)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TB nutritional yeast
4 TB quick cooking oats
6 TB boiling water
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa and reduce heat to simmer (low). Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Transfer to a medium bowl and allow to cool for another 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine oats and water and let sit until very thick. If after 5 minutes, there is still a little liquid, pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add to prepared quinoa, along with salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, and chives. Mix well and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a saute pan over medium high heat with a little bit of olive or canola oil. Form your quinoa patties with your hands using about 1/4 cup of the mixture and slightly flatten. Add to pan and brown on both sides for 3-5 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. These sound wonderful. We love quinoa and will give these a try:) Something i do not understand is, why would you make such wonderful, healthy food and put it in a microwave??? Other than that i am enjoying your website. Thank you