Jen Marvin, one of our members and dedicated volunteers, introduced me to Heidi Swanson’s cookbooks and recipe blog (101 Cookbooks). I’ve been hooked ever since.
In Heidi’s latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, she introduces The Little Quinoa Patty. With a quick search online a friend of mine found another recipe blogger has been raving about these little delights on Sparrows & Spatulas.
I follow Heidi’s recipe pretty closely, using my own bread crumbs from our previously posted Multi-Grain Bread, choosing only egg whites, and adding 1 to 2 TSP of smoked paprika to the mix before forming and cooking the patties. (See Heidi’s book or Sparrows and Spatulas’ site for the recipe details.) My only kitchen note is that forming the ball/patty is tricky. I’ve found the best method is to scoop two large spoonfuls of mix into the oiled pan and then use a spatula to flatten and form the patty. An additional note for reference, I use a cast iron skillet with a metal spatula, on medium-low heat.
The new creation with this dish is the Orange Avocado Sauce. I simply mix a little of this and a little of that… Here’s a summary:
1 Avocado, smashed
0.5 Orange, juiced
1 TBSP Fresh Parsley, chopped
0.5 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
0.5 TBSP Honey
Dash of Salt
Dash of Pepper
1 TSP Smoked Paprika
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and add a sprinkle of Smoked Paprika on top.
*This is a great basic recipe to build on. You could easily add mushrooms, peppers, herbs, various cheeses, black beans, etc.
*These are great with a variety of sauces. The kids tend to enjoy them with ketchup and barbeque sauce. Heidi recommends a spicy sauce.
*Quinoa is high in protein (14g per 100g)… making them a great meat alternative.
Our Best Bites highlights many of quinoa’s benefits and how to incorporate it into your every day dishes in a May 2011 post.
*Heidi has several other quinoa recipes on her blog. Check them out.