Quinoa and Kale Patties

Quinoa and Kale Patties

 

This is basically a bunless veggie burger.  Not to worry, carnivores.  They taste so much better than typical veggie burgers.  Don’t believe me when I tell you how good these are?  Well, you’re just wrong … but make these and prove it to yourself.  My meat eating family members devoured ’em.

So get rid of your preconceived notions of what a veggie burger is.  Get rid of your preconceived notions of what you can do with quinoa.  Get ready to make these quinoa and kale patties on a regular basis for your family.

I love how the quinoa crisps up on the outside of the patty, giving it a crunchy golden brown coating.  I love how hearty these are while simultaneously having both light and healthy qualities.  I love serving these patties with tzatziki sauce, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and fresh dill.  Look at these pictures and tell me you don’t want to eat these right now.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed, steamed, and chopped (total 1/2 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup whole grain unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying ( 1 1/2 tsp per batch)
  • Serve with tzatziki sauce, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and fresh dill

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together cooked and cooled quinoa, eggs, parmesan cheese, feta cheese, spring onions, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, steamed kale, and breadcrumbs.  Let mixture sit for about 5  minutes to absorb the liquid.

Using a 1/3 measuring cup, form mixture into 8 equal sized patties.

Heat vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Cook the patties in 2 batches, 4 at a time, so you don’t overcrowd the pan.  Once oil is warm, cook patties for 8-10 minutes per side (with the lid on).  Remove cooked patties to a cooling rack when the 2nd batch is cooking.  Cooked patties will form a golden brown and crunchy coating on both sides.

Serve with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh dill.

Servings: 4 (Serving size: 2 patties)

Note: If you do not want to make all 8 patties at the same time, leftover mixture can be stored in your refrigerator for 2 days and fried when you are ready to eat.  Leftovers are wonderful when served for breakfast with a slice of fresh tomato and a fried egg.

Quinoa and Kale Patties

 

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