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Protein-Packed Quinoa Patties

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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 **

Instructions

  1. Before combining ingredients, try to strain the cottage cheese so it’s not too runny (the dryer, the better).
  2. Combine the quinoa, cottage cheese, cornflour, carrots, green onion, spices, and egg whites in a medium bowl. Blend well.
  3. Form about 8 large patties, with your hands, and place them on a large plate. Sprinkle with the 4 T panko crumbs.
  4. Place the patties in the fridge for about an hour to allow the panko to soak up the excess moisture (this is important!).
  5. 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.
  6. Serve with Greek yogurt, sour cream, salsa, Red Hot, whatever you wish!Protein-Packed Quinoa Patties 1

Aren’t they so pretty?! The best part about these patties is that they were Nick-approved.Protein-Packed Quinoa Patties 2

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.Protein-Packed Quinoa Patties 3

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).

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