Baked Kale Quinoa Patties

9 Feb

I’m a girl about town.

The kind of girl who doesn’t have much holding her back from taking off for a weekend to visit friends and family a short drive or a flight away.

So I am always looking for healthy food items (see my smoothie addiction below) that I can take with me on the road. These delicious protein packed babies are great for just that. I pop some in a baggie and take them with me on road trips, flights (yea, they make it passed TSA), drive to work, pretty much anywhere.

In this version I have used kale and dill, but in the past I have subbed those out for sun-dried tomatoes and basil, I often just sub out the herb for something that I have on hand. Kale and cilantro is delicious. I like the cumin to be assertive in this version, but you can certainly use less if cumin is not your thing. Also I find this is a really good recipe to sub in gluten free bread crumbs, so go at it.

Make this version once and then feel free to get experimental.

Why you should eat this? 

Quinoa is high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. If your looking to eat less animal protein, here is your nutritional answer. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Baked Quinoa Patties

  • 2 ½ cups  cooked quinoa, at room temperature
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • ⅓ cup  chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1 yellow or white onion,  chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, little more if needed
  • water or a bit of flour, if needed
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add Onion, Dill, Garlic, and Cumin to a food processor or blender. Blend, adding in a tiny bit of olive oil if the onions don’t provide enough moisture  to keep the blades moving freely.

Should look a bit like this. Note to self: scrape down sides of bowl before you take a picture next time.

Add kale and blend. You may need a little more olive oil here. Be careful to add in VERY little at a time. The oil will act as a nice binding agent when it comes time to assemble the patties, but you don’t want too much extra moisture.

Set aside the green stuff.

Add quinoa, eggs, and salt into a large bowl.

Mix.

Look like this? Good.

Add in the bread crumbs and baking powder. Stir. Really good.

Mix in the feta. If you like feta, this is no time to be shy. Go ahead and add more if you feel like it.

You work out, right?

Add the greens and mix.

Mix REALLY good. This can be your workout….

Take a good look at your mix. It should be the same consistency as ground meat. So if it is too wet then add more bread crumbs. If it is too dry, you can add a little oil or water, even more egg if you chose.

Line a pan with parchment paper, if you don’t have parchment, rub some olive oil on your baking sheet so that the patties will not stick.

If you skip this part, your patties will stick.

Good luck getting them off.

I like to use a 1/4 c. measuring cup to portion out my patties. Keeps the size consistent and I find that it makes for a nice size portion.

Cute, right?

Bake for 20 minutes or until the bottoms are brown, then flip and bake for 5 minutes more.

Enjoy them hot or allow them to cool to room temperature.

I like to serve them with a easy sauce of lemon zest, lemon juice, and greek yogurt.

Also delicious with Tzakiki sauce.

Enjoy!

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