Recipe: Kale & Chive Quinoa Patties
A few months ago I made Quinoa Stuffed Beefsteak Tomatoes for Nick and I during one of our health kicks. Neither of us had ever eaten the strange grain called quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) before, but we loved it. It’s very healthy and full of good things that makes your body happy — Plus, it takes the taste of anything really easily so you can eat in all kinds of ways!
I’ve never made my own patty of any sort before. Not even hamburgers! Raw meat makes me uncomfortable, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. These were super easy though, and require so few ingredients that they can be made even on a busy weeknight, so long as you have half an hour or so to spare!
Kale & Chive Quinoa Patties
4 cups cooked quinoa (2 cups dry)
1/2 cup chopped kale, leaves only, remove all hard stems
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Set to side.
Let quinoa cool completely. It has to be room temperature to cold or else it won’t stick as well, and the patties will fall apart!
In a large bowl, once the quinoa is cooled, mix it with the eggs and parmesan. Add onion, chives, kale and garlic. Add seasoning to taste, and mix in breadcrumbs.
In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Form patties out of the quinoa mixture about the size of your palm. Add to pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5 – 7 minutes, or until the bottom has browned, forming a crust. Flip and cook on the other side for 4 – 6 minutes, or until browned.
Remove and let cool a little on a paper towel-lined plate.
Serve crumbled on salad, in wraps, on a hamburger bun, in a taco, etc. You can cook them longer depending on your personal preference for exterior crunch.
You can also season these however you’d like!
Add some black beans, corn, cumin and chili powder for Southwest Quinoa Patties!
Serve with tomato, tzatziki sauce and feta for Mediterranean Quinoa Patties!
They can be eaten cold or warm! They’re good for on-the-go snacks, too. 🙂