Don’t know about you but personally I feel like after these holidays I need to start eating healthier food. These quinoa and broccoli patties sounded just great to me. Well, I cheated a little bit as I fried them in a little oil but next time I will probably bake them to save time:) and keep them even more in the “healthy” area.
Did you know that quinoa is a grain that is really nutritious and healthy, rich in proteins and fat free, useful in kidney or high cholesterol problems? Also compared to other grains like corn or wheat quinoa contains higher levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and copper which are very important for muscle, heart and nerve functions.
These being said I have to admit it, quinoa drew me to its side. Now all that remained was to draw my family to quinoa side too :). And with these patties I succeeded. Combining quinoa with broccoli was a very good idea, my patties were really tasty and very much appreciated in my family.
Can be served simply as they are with a chili sauce, or along a good fresh salad. What is good to this recipe is that you don’t need to cook all at once, you can refrigerate some of the mixture up to few days and cook them only when needed.
Quinoa and Broccoli Patties
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 3 spring onions , chopped
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 broccoli head
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup cheese , grated
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh parsley , chopped
- Place quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse well under cold water. Cook the quinoa in 2 cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
- Steam the broccoli until tender, then chop finely.
- In a large bowl combine quinoa with the rest of ingredients, broccoli, spring onions, garlic, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and herbs.
- Form the quinoa mixture into patties, and place on a plate.
- Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Line a plate with paper towel. Add the patties onto the frying pan and cook until well browned, about 6-8 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared paper towel plate to remove any excess grease.