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Monday, March 23, 2009

Quinoa Cakes

Quinoa Cakes

I recently saw these quinoa cakes on The Barefoot Kitchen and immediately added them to my weekly meal plan. I have been on quite the spinach kick lately (probably because the guy who sells it to me is just so dang adorable, seriously!) and I love quinoa so of course I wanted to adapt these cakes to my tastes. After I posted the star anise and vanilla bean ice cream, the lovely people at The Spice House contacted me. Since I let them use my picture on their website, they wonderfully sent me some spices to use in my cooking. I thought it would be a good idea to add one of these spices to my quinoa cakes. The only thing I measured while making this recipe was the quinoa so if you decide to make this, please take these measurements with a grain of salt. I added and subtracted things as I saw fit and you should definitely feel free to do the same. I had planned to serve this with some kind of yogurt dipping sauce, but it was late, I was tired and the best I could come up with was a spinach salad. Sue me. There really isn't a recipe for the salad. Some spinach, a spritz or two of lemon juice, a small glug of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. It's a go-to salad and vinaigrette for me that I can always rely on in a pinch. Once again, feel free to adapt part or all of this recipe to your tastes. When I make vegetable cakes like this, I always like some kind of onion flavor which here was provided by the green onion. The Baharat mixture added a nice background heat which was great because it wasn't too hot, but enough to feel it on your tongue. If you don't have this mixture at home, feel free to sub in some cayenne. I think I will definitely be experimenting with these quinoa cakes in the very near future to see what other mixtures I can come up with.

Baharat Spice Mixture

Quinoa Cakes
(Adapted from Barefoot Kitchen)

1 cup spinach, washed patted dry and roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 carrot, finely shredded
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon Baharat spice mixture
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
Olive oil for frying

In a large bowl mix together the spinach, garlic, quinoa, carrot, green onion, Baharat, and Panko. Taste a liberally season with salt and pepper. Add the panko and egg and mix well to combine.

Heat a layer of olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Form the quinoa into 2" patties about 1/2 inch thick. Drop into the oil and cook until well browned on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, then set on paper towels to drain.

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21 comments:

Erica said...

This looks so good! I wonder if I could bake them and get the same pretty result?? YUM!

8chocolate said...

I've never seen quinoa used this way. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

Diana said...

I've recently back quinoa back into my diet, so I'll definitely have to try these. I think I want to try your quinoa and chickpea burgers first though -- I've had that recipe printed off for a few weeks now!

duodishes.com said...

Those spice mixtures sound amazing...like they'd be great on meat or veggies. Or grains! This is good stuff.

Tyler said...

YUM!!! I love new quinoa recipes! And I've been on a spinach kick for the past 3 years, lol!

Sophie said...

Yum yum yum,....I love everything with quinoa in it!!! This looks so delicious!!! MMMMMM....

Dawn said...

Now I bet these might taste good with some tatzaki sauce?
Wonderful creation here!

Maya said...

I have 3 pounds of quinoa in my pantry. This would be a good way to use some of them.

Sharon said...

I've been a quinoa fiend so it'll be nice to try a new quinoa recipe. Great work!

ttfn300 said...

love these! and how cool about free spices :)

Reeni♥ said...

The cakes look delicious!! How cool that they used your picture, and free spices!! Yay- they can be so expensive.

unconfidentialcook said...

These look just delicious--I've never had quinoa cakes. What a perfectly healthy and lovely meal!

Hayley said...

These look great. Lucky you with the spice mix!

Ben said...

I've made quinoa cakes before and I loved them, but I am intrigue by the Baharat. I'll have to look for it :)

Andrea said...

Score with the free spices! Sounds like a great trade to me. I love quinoa and I always love your veggie cakes, so this will have to go on the list. Looks like a great recipe, Esi!

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Love, love love quorn/quinoa - thanks for the great recipes :)

finsmom said...

I am addicted to quinoa right now- this sounds scrumptious. Thanks for sharing!

The Food Librarian said...

Yummy! Geez, everything you make is healthy and delicious!

Maggie said...

I love the golden brown crunchy look of the cake. The spice mix sounds interesting, I have to go look and see what's in it.

The Urban Baker said...

i bow down to you! i eat these at FOOD all the time and i have tried to recreate, however they always fall apart.
cant wait to give these a try. x

The Urban Baker said...

i bow down to you! i eat these at FOOD all the time and i have tried to recreate, however they always fall apart.
cant wait to give these a try. x