Let me start this post by saying these delectable cakes were quite possibly my first kitchen disaster. I was really excited to try the recipe since I love quinoa so much, but I was nervous. The first time I saw quinoa I was thinking “what the heck is quinoa and how do I even pronounce it?" Well, its a super grain and its pronounced “keen-wah”. If you’re looking for a highly nutritious carbohydrate you have found it in quinoa. It has a pretty similar nutritional profile to that of brown rice except it’s slightly higher in overall protein content.
So you can understand my excitement when I saw this take on quinoa cakes (similar to crab cakes.) You could also use it between two burger buns, which I’m sure would make a great veggie burger. Below you will find the recipe I used which I modified after my "kitchen disaster."
First - the kitchen disaster..... I followed the recipe (even wringing out the shredded zucchini) and when I went to make these they instantly fell apart. Total bummer. But like all good cooks, I was starving. It was already 6:30 and after a long day of work I just needed to eat. So I did what I could to salvage. I chopped it up and ate it as a sort of quinoa scramble. I ate it with my favorite side; Brussels sprouts! I made a quick sauce by combining ketchup, light mayo and lemon juice for a garnish. I sat down to eat not expecting any of this to be good, and surprise, it was fantastic! After I scarfed down my creation I went back to the drawing board.
I was thinking that the mixture was just too wet and needed a binder. I make black bean burgers often and I usually bind them with steel cut oats so I always have a box in the pantry, so I figured I’d give that a shot. I added a cup of oats and mixed it all together then let them absorb some of the liquid for about 20 minutes. It looked more solid already so I tried again. I was determined for this to work. And…it worked! (Yay!) I took pictures as proof! In the recipe I will include below I put one less egg and will just put a 1/2 cup of oats, but add more if you need it. Also a note: the zucchini added a great flavor to the cakes, but you could also add shredded carrot.
*Makes 10-12 cakes depending on how big you make them
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup shredded zucchini, squeeze out water)
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 green onions, including white parts
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup steel cut oatsHandfull of cilantro chopped
Olive oil for frying.
Cook Quinoa to package directions. When finished, let it cool in a strainer.
Once quinoa is cooled, in a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheese, oats, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions,pepper, cumin, salt, chilli powder, cilantro, and garlic powder.
Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Mixture will be slightly sticky, so using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop mixture into pan and lightly flatten to 1/2 inch thick.
Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and serve hot!
|Attempt #1- My Kitchen Disaster|
|Attempt #2 ( Success!)|
Has anyone else had a kitchen disaster that they could or couldn't fix? Leave a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.