These easy, protein-packed patties make a tasty meal at home or on the go. Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com.
Pair these patties with a side salad, fresh fruit, and a tall glass of milk for a delicious, balanced meal. They store and travel well, so take them in your lunch!
1 cup uncooked quinoa
4 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
3 large scallions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup steamed spinach, chopped (frozen is fine)
1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon olive oil
Rinse the quinoa thoroughly then place the quinoa in a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Cook until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the liquid, about 20 minutes. Let it cool.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, eggs, parmesan, scallions, garlic, steamed spinach, and breadcrumbs. Let everything sit for a few minutes to absorb the liquid. The batter should be moist, but not runny. Form patties of ¼ cup each.
Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. In 2 or 3 batches, cook the patties, covered, for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until browned and golden. Makes 14 patties.
Serving size: 2 patties
200 calories, 6 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 26 g carbohydrates, 11 g protein, 4 g fiber, 140 mg sodium, 245 mg potassium, 74 mg magnesium, 119 mg calcium