A new kind of veggie burger for us. I altered a recipe from http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpress.com
They were so yummy and pretty easy too.
Prepare the quinoa first:
In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. Add 1 cup uncooked quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Allow to cool.
OR 2 rounded cups leftover, cooked quinoa
To make the patties:
In a large bowl add…
- the cooled quinoa
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever you love)
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 medium carrot, finely grated
- 3 eggs
- 2-6 tablespoons all purpose flour (start with 2, if they won’t hold together add more)
- 2 green onions, including white parts
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper
Olive oil for frying
Heat a skillet and 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Measure 1/4 cup and form into patties about 1/2 inch thick – mixture will be sticky so you may have to flour your hands. Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Makes approx. 10 burgers.
Their flavor is mild enough to infuence it any which way. Maybe pump up the garlic, or add curry paste, or substitue a grainy mustard for the cottage cheese.
Instead of ketchup or mustard we made a
Basic Tzatziki: (also from http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpress.com)
- 3/4 cup thick plain Greek-style yogurt such as Fage’ (or drain plain, regular yogurt very well)
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated – squeezed of excess water
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried or 2 tablespoon fresh dill weed
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Curry Quinoa Wraps
Makes enough to fill ten 8 inch whole wheat tortillas.
( or make lettuce wraps )
Bring 1 cup water and ¼ cup orange juice to a boil. Add 1 cup quinoa and 2 Tbsp Curry Paste ( I buy Patak’s MILD – coriander & cumin in a jar). Stir, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 12 minutes. Stand 5 minutes and fluff.
Meanwhile, make the Slaw:
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp orange juice
2 avocado, diced
1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce.( i know-no nutritional value, but i don’t cabbage and iceberg is close.)
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame nut butter)
Chill slaw a bit.
When Curried Quinoa is done and fluffed, fold into cooked quinoa:
1 1/2 cups frozen peas (thawed and heated or peas/carrot combo
1/2 cup salted cashews
½ cup sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 seedless tangerine or orange, peeled/diced
2 Tbsp maple syrup – don’t skip this!
1/4 cup chopped mint
Let this sit a minute so everything becomes the same temperature.
Build your wrap in a warmed whole wheat tortilla. Serve with fruit.
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