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Crispy Zucchini Quinoa Patties

Crispy Quinoa Patties

Crispy Quinoa Patties

Crispy Zucchini Quinoa Patties (top with Avocado and Caramelized Sweet Onions)

This is so delicious by itself, with a salad or topped with avocado or mashed avocado with caramelized sweet onions. Try it with a side of pickles! Makes roughly 12 to 13 patties.

  • 3/4 cup organic quinoa
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated in a separate bowl. Tip: Grate your zucchini while your quinoa boils. This will allow time for the zucchini to sit.
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan and/or Romano cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup organic bread crumbs
  • grapeseed or olive oil for frying
  1. In a medium saucepan combine quinoa with 2 cups water to a boil for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes. Drain and spread quinoa on a baking sheet to cool.
  2. Add the whisked eggs in a large bowl. With your hands, squeeze the liquid from the zucchini and add the zucchini to the eggs. Add the cheese, garlic, salt and pepper and mix. Add the quinoa and bread crumbs and mix. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil to medium-high. Spoon about a 1/4-cup measure of quinoa mixture and form into a 1/2-inch thick patty. I made 16 patties out of my mixture.
  4. Add as many patties as will fit to the skillet (about 5 or 6) and fry until golden brown on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Add another tablespoon oil, flip the patties and fry until golden brown again, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat until with remaining patties.
Quinoa Patties with Mashed Avocado and Caramelized Onions

Quinoa Patties with Mashed Avocado and Caramelized Onions

Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine May 2013


19 thoughts on “Crispy Zucchini Quinoa Patties

  1. these look delicious!

    Posted by Erica | September 13, 2013, 5:08 am
  2. These look great! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by skinnyjennie | June 11, 2013, 5:59 am
    • Thanks, Jennie! I absolutely agree that cooking fresh ingredients at home has helped us to maintain a more healthy diet. Great suggestion on cutting portions in half when eating out. I read some restaurant salads can be a whopping 1,000 calories … eww.

      Posted by Unwind Cooking | June 11, 2013, 11:48 am
  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    – Ganesh.

    Posted by dasganu | June 6, 2013, 1:42 pm
  4. These look absolutely delicious!

    Posted by The Cosy Kitchen | June 6, 2013, 2:47 am
  5. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award , check it out:

    Posted by sexycuisine | June 1, 2013, 3:59 pm
  6. This sounds great! Will definitely be trying it!

    Posted by Reema Kalra Agarwal | May 23, 2013, 3:28 pm
  7. I love everything about this recipe – printing it out now for the next time my daughter comes home, she’ll really love this one.

    Posted by dianeskitchentable | May 17, 2013, 8:13 am
    • Thanks! I’m actually making this recipe again this morning. I’m going to take them to a friend who is ill. They’re easy to transport, healthy and a cinch to re-heat.
      Glad to see you again (and feeling better I hope!)

      Posted by Unwind Cooking | May 17, 2013, 11:50 am
      • Oh I love that they are good to re-heat. Believe it or not, still working on the feeling better part of things & feeling guilty about not blogging.

        Posted by dianeskitchentable | May 17, 2013, 12:09 pm
      • Oh no, sorry to hear. Whatever it is, get second and third opinions. Especially if your doctor is telling you “nothing’s wrong”. Two years ago my optometrist told me to get my eyes checked by an ophthalmologist for narrow angles. When I did, he told me nothing was wrong or to be done. Since I didn’t know I have glaucoma (my optometrist called it narrow angles), I didn’t bother checking for another 2 years until I visited my optometrist again. She said not to wait long to check again. It wasn’t until I saw another eye doctor this year that I got the surgery I needed on both eyes as a preventative measure (last surgery done last week). Whew!

        Posted by Unwind Cooking | May 17, 2013, 12:56 pm
      • Well you sure hit the nail on the head with “nothing wrong”. They had me back in the ER last week because of chest pain but of course the EKG was fine as well as all the other tests. Weird since I haven’t had any fever either but I’m pretty frustrated at this point!
        You were very lucky to have finally caught the glaucoma. My husband has it and did have the laser surgery which went well. But he was lucky in that his regular eye doctor caught it right away & sent him to a specialist. I’m glad that you’re done with your surgery & hope you don’t have to revisit that again.

        Posted by dianeskitchentable | May 17, 2013, 2:02 pm


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