Hi, Everybody! Happy last day of April! This month has been filled with so much rain here in Maryland, but at least it means that everything is looking beautifully green outside, and spring has truly arrived! After all those months of everything being dark and gray, it’s so refreshing seeing green everywhere! I have a great quinoa recipe to share with you today! If you’ve never had quinoa before, you should try it out sometime! It is high in protein, fiber, magnesium and iron, as well as calcium. I know that that may make it sound too healthy to taste good, but this is a great way to prepare it! I’ve been seeing different kinds of quinoa patties everywhere, and so I came up with a recipe to suit my taste! These Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Patties are delicious; crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside!
CHEESY QUINOA AND BROCCOLI PATTIES
YOU WILL NEED
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
5 large broccoli florets
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 large egg
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil for cooking
1. First, cook your quinoa according to the directions on the packaging. I cooked mine by combining 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of boiling water, then letting it come to a boil, and simmering, covered for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa has absorbed all the water (this shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes), put it on a plate and let it cool completely.
2. Next, saute your diced onion until it’s soft and translucent. Set aside and let cool completely. Cook your broccoli until it has softened a little bit, then let it cool as well. Once the broccoli has cooled completely, dice it into small pieces.
3. Now that you have everything ready, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, leaving the egg until the end. Mix well so you have a smooth, wet mixture that will allow you to make patties that will stick together.
4. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and make your patties. I made each using 1/4 cup of the mixture. Just make a ball out of the mixture, and squash it down a little bit. Cook each patty for about 7 – 8 minutes on each side on medium heat. You want the patty to develop a crust, but not to burn, so watch them carefully. Let cool for a couple of minutes before eating.
Happy Cooking, Everyone!