HUBBY has been playing Words With Friends with Boobhouse quite a bit of the past few months and legend has it that a few weeks back she played ‘Qunioa‘. Talk turned to “What the heck is “Qunioa“” and before I knew it we had some sitting in our pantry.
A few days later I happened to be on Pinterest when I came across an amazingly tempting photo of what turned out to be a ‘Quinoa Burger’. I couldn’t pass it up so I tracked down the recipe to Eating Well, Living Thin a blog compiled by Linda. (Who like me is a post-op bariatric patient.)
I made the burgers last night for Meat Free Monday, but instead of doing a burger I served them with steamed winter vegetables and a nice little dipping sauce (1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce + 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce). I was really surprised by them – not knowing what to expect I’d kind of imagined them to be like a couscous or something. But it was more like rice. It was totally delicious and I’ll be making more in the coming weeks.
Linda kindly allowed me to post her recipe here for all of you that are interested. If you make it I’d love to know what you think! I’m also going to be on the hunt for more quinoa recipes, so if you have any of those I’d love them as well.
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer)
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated
2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour (start with 2, if they won’t hold together add the other one)
2 green onions, including white parts
1 /2 teaspoon Splenda or sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Olive oil for frying
1. In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the seeds are tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
2. In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, Splenda, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder.
3. Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Measure 1/4 cup and form into patties about 1/2 inch thick – mixture will be slightly sticky. Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Makes approx. 10 burgers.
Per burger: Calories 132; Protein 8 g; Fat 5 g; NET Carbs 12 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 200 mg
Note: I didn’t have garlic powder so I put in 1/4 teaspoon of crushed garlic. I also didn’t have any green onions so I used one small/medium brown onion.