Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Recipe - Spinach Feta Quinoa Cakes

Okay, so as you know I've mentioned that we are trying to eat not as much meat and more veggies and grains. Well I've been pinning a bunch of meatless meal recipes so that I have ideas of what to make. Yes I actually make what I pin. Crazy I know! haha Well I had pinned a quinoa recipe and actually made it for dinner Monday night.

This is my first time cooking with quinoa and I was impressed at how well it turned out. If you don't know what quinoa is it is a small seed like grain that is very high in protein.

White Quinoa

Red Quinoa
You can cook it just like rice, so I used my rice cooker. It is very bitter grain so you want to make sure that you wash it first before you cook it. When I cooked it I used 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken broth for added flavor, for 1 cup of quinoa.

Okay now on to the recipe I found. (sorry I forgot to take a picture of what I made, we were starving and it smelled so good that we just gobbled it up, haha) As I said before I found the recipe on pinterest but I did a little modification to it.

Quinoa Cakes


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion {i used a red onion}
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped {1tsp of already minced from jar}
5 ounces chopped baby spinach
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa {to make bigger cakes I used 2 1/2 cups}
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs {i used Italian flavored bread crumbs}


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium-size bowl.

Add the eggs, quinoa, feta, dill, lemon zest, and black pepper and mix well. Mix in the bread crumbs and let the mixture sit for a few minutes to allow the bread crumbs to absorb some of the moisture.

Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.

Form quinoa patties about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Place the patties on the grill, in batches if necessary, and close the lid. Grill the patties until they’re cooked through and browned on the outside, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve warm. (the Italized size is how I made mine)

*the girl that made this recipe serves a yogurt dill sauce with it and you can find the recipe here. She also makes them smaller but I made mine bigger.*

We had ours with avacado and salsa and it was super yummy!

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