Ready for a delicious recipe that’s full of protein, fiber, and vitamins? These Kale Quinoa Patties are delicious as a snack or as a main course. They’re wonderful piping hot, right out of the skillet…or eaten cold for lunch (they’re a great finger food for lunchboxes). You’ll love the savory flavor of these little patties, they’re a treat for the whole family.
Quinoa is a wonderful, gluten free grain that’s full of nutrients and high in protein and fiber. It has a delicious, nutty flavor and adds great texture to foods. Look for quinoa that’s sustainably grown, it’s not easy to find but it’s worth choosing a brand of fair-trade quinoa that has less impact on the environment and living conditions of those who farm it. For this recipe, you’ll need organic quinoa, kale, Parmesan cheese, cage-free eggs, onions, chives and garlic. You’ll also need bread crumbs, gluten free if you’d like. Over the years, I’ve discovered that when I decide to try a new brand of gluten free bread (or if I try a new recipe at home) there’s a chance that it won’t be as tasty as I’d hoped. Let’s be honest, some brands of GF bread just sort of taste like cardboard, and sometimes when you try a new recipe at home you end up with a block of bread that weighs about as much as a brick and is equally appetizing. I’ve learned not to throw these bakery mishaps away, but instead to run them through the food processor to make gluten free bread crumbs. Pour them in a bag, toss them in the freezer and the next time you need crumbs you’ll be prepared!
To make the kale quinoa patties, rinse and cook the quinoa. While it’s cooking, wash and chop the kale (removing the thick stalk) and prepare the chives, garlic, and Parmesan cheese (I like to cut chives with scissors…so much easier than chopping them with a knife). Put the quinoa, chives, eggs and cheese in a large bowl, and set aside. Then, saute your onions, kale and garlic for a few minutes, until the onions are soft and the kale is a nice dark green. Mix this into the quinoa, and then stir in your bread crumbs.
Form patties with the mixture, and fry them over medium heat in a cast iron skillet with just enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of the pan. These make a great side dish next to chicken and a green salad, or let them cool off and serve them on a bed of greens as a main course. They’re also a fun treat for kids, served for lunch with a little Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip. So much better than a chicken nugget, but just as much fun to dip and snack on!
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What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?