Good Morning, Everybody! As the summer gets closer and the weather gets warmer, I always start looking for lighter meal options, and I thought I would share this recipe with you today! Quinoa is one of those things that people either love or hate, and I always find that the best way to make it is if you mix it with lots of other ingredients, especially fresh, flavorful vegetables. Quinoa patties are a great way to use quinoa, they are super quick and easy to make, and you can add in whatever ingredients you like! A couple of months ago I shared my Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Patties, and these are sort of a more summery version of those. I absolutely love fresh corn, and it adds so much sweetness and flavor to these patties and works great with the kale. Here’s how to make these…
KALE & FRESH CORN QUINOA PATTIES
*Makes 6 patties*
YOU WILL NEED
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 ear of corn
3 – 4 medium sized kale leaves
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 – 4 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
1 – 2 eggs
1/4 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil for cooking patties
1. First, prepare your quinoa according to the directions on the packaging. I cooked mine by combining 1/2 cup of quinoa with a cup of boiling water, then covering it and letting it simmer for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, put it on a plate and spread it out in an even layer to let it cool completely.
2. Meanwhile, cook your ear of corn (I cooked it for about 10 minutes in water), then once it has cooled, cut the kernels off, place them in a large bowl and set it aside. Wash and dry your kale leaves, then cut or tear them into small pieces, and mix them in with the corn. In a small saucepan, sauce the diced onion and minced garlic until soft and translucent, then transfer to the bowl with the corn and the kale.
3. Add the cooked and cooled quinoa, Panko or breadcrumbs and the Parmesan cheese into the vegetable mixture and stir well. Add in one egg and mix well, if the mixture doesn’t hold together very well, add another egg and stir again. Season everything with salt and pepper. Heat some olive oil in your pan, and make your patties using a 1/4 cup measure (scoop out 1/4 cup of the mixture and form it into a patty). Cook each patty for about 5 – 7 minutes on each side on medium heat, until you have a nice crispy crust on the outside and the patties have cooked through on the inside. Let cool for a couple of minutes before eating.
For a similar recipe, check out these Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Patties HERE!
Happy Cooking, Everyone!