5 hours ago
Monday, May 16, 2011
Don't be scared, I am not turning into a health nut.
I am already a healthy eater, because I eat REAL foods. I don't buy processed crap, don't drink soda, and I eat fat in moderation. Blah blah blah. I know you've heard it all before.
I hate brown rice, and I hate tofu. Hate the whole concept of pretending that tofu is pretending to be something else. Enough hating for one day.
Quinoa can be filed in the category of "why bother?", but here, with garlic, onions, Parmesan cheese and my beautiful fresh spring chives from my garden, it's a whole 'nother story. I also tried it in different salads all week, and I am hooked.
Heidi's lovely book Super Natural Every Day is really inspiring me to try different flours and grains and oils that I wouldn't normally use. Her quinoa patties were easy and delicious shmeared with some mashed avocado.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa), is a grain, actually a seed (known as goosefoot seed) grown in the Andes, and is a healthy substitute for white rice and pasta.
This was my first time using it in a recipe and won't be my last, I liked the texture and the nutty flavor.
Below is Heidi's recipe for her quinoa patties.
To inspire you to eat healthier and use more whole grains, I am giving away 2 copies of Super Natural Every Day.
Just leave a comment about how you are trying to be super natural, and I'm not talking about ESP, and 2 random winners will be chosen on Friday.
Quinoa Patties (adapted from Super Natural Every Day):
2 cups of COOKED quinoa (follow directions on the box), cooled
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup fresh snipped chives
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
salt & pepper
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
Cook the quinoa until the little curly q's (the germ of the seed) start to curl and are translucent (about 20 minutes and water is absorbed). Make sure quinoa has cooled before you mix in with the rest of the ingredients.
Add the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix in the cooled quinoa.
Season liberally with salt & pepper.
Form into patties and fry on medium-low heat in a few tablespoons of olive oil.
About 7 minutes on the first side, then flip with fish spatula and cook another 4 minutes.
Serve with a sunnyside up egg; a mashed avocado; or along side some sauteed veggies.
It's all good.