Are you ready for a simple snack/meal to make for your family, or to make for your packed lunches? I hope so because this recipe is a keeper.
Protein-Packed Quinoa Patties
(Makes 8 large patties)
(Adapted from Managed Macros)
2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese (I used a lactose-free brand)**
1 medium carrot, chopped very fine
4 egg whites
3 T cornflour
2 green onions (just the green part if you follow the low fodmap diet) **
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t. cayenne
1/4 t cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
4 T Panko bread crumbs
Garlic olive oil for frying
** If following a low FODMAPs diet, use a lactose-free brand of cottage cheese, and only use the green portion of the green onions **
- Before combining ingredients, try to strain the cottage cheese so it’s not too runny (the dryer, the better).
- Combine the quinoa, cottage cheese, cornflour, carrots, green onion, spices, and egg whites in a medium bowl. Blend well.
- Form about 8 large patties, with your hands, and place them on a large plate. Sprinkle with the 4 T panko crumbs.
- Place the patties in the fridge for about an hour to allow the panko to soak up the excess moisture (this is important!).
- Heat a large saute pan and add half the oil in order to pan-fry for the first four patties. Pan-fry on both sides for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Do the same for the next four patties.
- Serve with Greek yogurt, sour cream, salsa, Red Hot, whatever you wish!
Aren’t they so pretty?! The best part about these patties is that they were Nick-approved.
Estimated Nutrition Facts
(Serving Size: 1 delicious patty)
One patty has 12 grams of protein (I suggest getting 10-15 grams of protein in every snack, and 20-40 in every meal, so if you do this for a meal, have two, or pair with some more protein!). Vitamin A, iron, and fiber make these patties a healthy treat.
QUESTION: What would you pair with your quinoa patty to make it, even more, protein and nutrient-packed?! I enjoyed mine with a large dollop of plain Greek yogurt and salsa. Nick liked him with lots of ketchup (go figure).