Another Chicago Now blogger wrote a compelling piece about the superfood quinoa and suggested this week's recipe. I didn't know much about quinoa and did some research.
Quinoa, pronounced keenwa, has a very high protein content and contains amino acids, which can ward of illnesses. In addition, it contains a large amount of fiber and iron. Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown mostly for its edible seeds.
I decided my first attempt at cooking and introducing my family to quinoa was best in a burger form. This recipe appealed to me for two additional reasons:
1. It is vegan.
2. Who doesn't love a burger?
Assuming I would have to go to a specialty health food store, I was surprised to find all the ingredients at Jewel.
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup hummus OR 1/2 cup mashed cooked chickpeas + 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp unsalted tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal or egg replacer
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce OR Bragg's Liquid Aminos
- 1 tsp dried basil leaf
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf
- 1/2 tsp gr cumin seed
- 1 tsp gr coriander seed
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 4 Tbsp potato starch OR wheat flour
- Salt & pepper to taste
I cooked the quinoa; dry roasted the herbs and then blended all the ingredients in my food processor.
I let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for over an hour. I love to prepare dinner in the afternoon, while I still have energy.
Once my husband was on his way home, I rolled them into patties and fried in olive oil about 10 minutes on each side. To further fool my family about this vitamin rich meal, I served with french fries. In an ideal world, I would have made sweet potato fries, but that wasn't in the cards for tonight.
The result was another successful meal. I am most impressed that my meat and potatoes husband cleaned his plate. I'm thrilled to know my partner is getting the fiber, iron and protein from the quinoa and flaxseed. It reminded me a little of the taste of falafel, which was obviously from the hummus. The kids wouldn't eat it, but at least they tried something new.
I am suffiently full and satisfied. How was your Meatless Monday? What did you make? I love your ideas and suggestions.
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Check out my blog friend Deanna's beautiful blog Delirious Rhapsody as she did a feature on me today.