Cilantro Quinoa Patties

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Adding leftover quinoa to your lunch salad is only exciting for so long – but then visions of World Vision commercials with starving children flash before your eyes and you unabashedly decide to add quinoa to my lunch for yet another day.

What to do with leftover quinoa is really one of life’s small dilemma’s when you live such a privileged life. So instead of getting caught up in what would seem to be uno largo problemo, one resorts to the all-knowing Google – posing the question, “what to do with leftover quinoa?”

Top solution: quinoa patties. And that is how one finds oneself immersed in the land of herbs, breadcrumbs and leftover quinoa.

Here’s to not dwelling on life’s small problems, to delectable morsels of pan-fried healthy goodness and to all things pretty!


Recipe: Cilantro Quinoa Patties


  • 2 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa (a little over 1 cup of uncooked quinoa)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup parsley/cilantro
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • olive oil


Part 1: Assemble the Patties



1. Prep all your ingredients to throw into the mixture later.




2. Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt into a bowl.




3. Stir in the cheese, onion, garlic, and parsley. Mix until fully incorporated. Add the breadcrumbs and stir in well. It’s also important to let the mixture sit for a bit so that the breadcrumbs cam fully absorb all the flavors.


Part 2: Pan-Fry those Puppies



4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet


5. Scoop an ice cream dollop of the mixture and form 1 1/2 inch size patties into the pan and with the help of the spatula, pat the mound of quinoa to form nice circular patties.


6. Cook on medium heat on one side for 7 minutes and then flip to the other side for another few minutes until a golden brown color is reached.


7. Remove from the skillet and repeat the process until all your quinoa batter has disappeared.


8. Consume when hot on its’ own or put them into a burger bun with some condiments as a nice veggie substitute.


quinoa patties - finished product


mucho amore.





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