BuffaloSpree.com's Recipe of the week: Quinoa patties with Goat Cheese
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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has been called a superfood because it contains more protein than any other grain. It’s also a source of complete protein, meaning that it provides all of the essential amino acids. Other grains, such as rice or barley, provide only half of the essential amino acids. The reason quinoa is a complete protein is that it is actually a seed but it’s hyped as a grain because of its shared characteristics and similar cooking methods. In my humble opinion, quinoa, in all its crunchy, nutty glory, is delicious and super good for you.
Quinoa Patties with Goat Cheese
2 cups cooked quinoa (I prefer red quinoa but any kind will do)
1 medium carrot, shredded
3 green onions, white and light green parts, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
3 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
1-2 tablespoons olive oil for pan-frying
1. In a medium bowl, combine the first five ingredients and mix well.
2. Stir in the eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and goat cheese until well blended. You may want to get in there with your hands to mix it all up.
3. Form the mixture into balls and then flatten them down into patties that are about an inch thick.
4. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add patties so they are not touching. It may take a couple of batches.
5. Cook for eight to ten minutes or until the bottoms are browned. Flip the patties and cook the other sides until equally browned.
6. Remove from the skillet onto a paper towel, if needed, to absorb any excess oil.
7. Enjoy immediately.
This article was originally published in February 2016 in Forever Young Magazine.