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Spicy Quinoa Patties
Posted By SoupAddict On December 7, 2011 @ 9:38 am In Appetizers + Snacks,Autumn,Breakfast + Brunch,Dinner + Entrees,Favorites,Lunch,Pasta, Rice + Grains,Savory Cooking,Spring,Summer,Vegetarian,Winter | 18 Comments
You’re probably thinking: Whoaaa, wait, quinoa in the middle of the Christmas baking frenzy? Are you crazy? Where’s the sugar, SoupAddict? Where’s the sugar!!
Here’s the thing: I’m getting a little overwhelmed by all the sweet-treat recipes zooming around the Interwebs. Yes, I’m doing my fair share of baking, and I even participated in the 1st Annual Food Blogger’s Cookie Swap (hosted by Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen — more on that Monday, the 12th, with a recipe for my favorite. cookie. ever), but there are moments throughout the day when I feel like I’m getting sugar highs simply from browsing those lovely and highly addictive food photo gallery sites (Food Gawker  and Tastespotting ).
I’m not done with Christmas sugar carbs yet, but I do need the occasional break. And protein-power-packed quinoa is my BFF in this momentary escape.
Quinoa is a grain that is not only healthy, but absolutely delish (technically, it’s a seed, but you can use it like a grain, from cooking to grinding into a flour). A little aged cheese, a bit of herbs. Some onions and garlic and eggs to bind it all together. Pimp it up with a generous dose of crushed red pepper. Form little patties (à la distant cousin, arancini) and toss it in the pan.
See the extra dark bits in the photo above? Those are chopped onions on the surface of the spicy quinoa patties that caramelized against the hot pan. Caramelized onions, people. Take a moment to absorb the wonder of it: healthy quinoa, fresh herbs, aged cheese … and caramelized onions.
I serve these spicy quinoa patties with poached eggs for dinner, and make extra for the next day’s morning snack.
Now you can bring on the sugar, Interwebs.
Source: adapted from Heidi Swanson’s  cookbook, Super Natural Every Day
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