Quinoa and Spinach Patties

I really like quinoa.  I am still searching for a good recipe to try for creamed quinoa (like the dish from Zig Zag and La Nueva Palomino).  If one of my recipe blogs that I follow features a quinoa recipe, I am usually a sucker to bookmark it and try it.  This year, one of our interns is a vegetarian, this recipe popped up one day, and I couldn’t resist adding it to my menu for the week.

I got some non-excited responses from Greg and the kids, but after lunch, the reaction changed.  It was a hit!  Even Manuela, who shared with me a month ago that she has never liked quinoa in her 50+ years of living here, liked it and asked for the recipe.  Success!

I will just post the link to the recipe: Quinoa and Spinach Patties

My patties looked exactly like the picture.  I used fresh spinach that I just steamed in hot water.  One note is to prepare the quinoa ahead of time (it is supposed to be cooled when you add it to the mix).  I bought the perfect-sized little wheat buns, added a slice of melted cheese and barbecue sauce, and we went to town.

She suggests serving it with an avocado salad.  I did just that.  I have no clue what salad recipe she uses, but here is the one we like here in Peru:

Avocado Salad

  • 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small block of mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

1.  Mix avocado, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cheese in a small bowl.

2.  Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.

Quinoa and Spinach Patties

One thought on “Quinoa and Spinach Patties

  1. Carol Petty says:

    Oh, the Quinoa and Spinach Patties are GREAT! As you may know from my children, I am “creative” with recipes, as in I never make it the way it says!! So in the process of not catching on to the quinoa being listed in its uncooked form, I decided to make a recipe and a half. After I got the eggs cracked for a recipe and a half, I figured out that is was NOT 1 cup of cooked Qunioa. Well, my recipe had more eggs than normal, but eggs are good for holding it together and more protein!! So the next change: Since I just started going Gluten Free, I did not have GF breadcrumbs. That is not enough to stop me!! So I go for Old Fashioned rolled oats put through the food processor, so it is more of a coarse flour. (This is what the meatloaf at Miss Bobo’s Boarding House uses for binding.) So I steamed the spinach and put it in—–and then did another cup , as I like spinach. John and I totally enjoyed our patties yesterday!! And they were beautiful!! Now, you notice it was just 2 of us; that is different for the Petty house!! So, with what was uncooked from yesterday, we had patties for lunch today but I added crumbled bacon and finely chopped celery, as I love things that crunch! This time I fried them in coconut oil. It was GREAT again and I froze 3 of the cooked patties!! I have just enough left for another meal, so I am going to add canned salmon to make a great salmon patty!! So, thanks for sharing to give me something to be creative with. I like quinoa, too. The avocado salad sound great, but I am sure your avocados are full of flavor that we don’t get with picking them very unripe for shipping. Loved your comments on your kids. Looking forward to being with you soon!!


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