Appetizers · Bread and Breakfast · Salad · Vegetarian

Quinoa Spinach cakes with Avocado Mango salsa

quinoa cakes

I have started adding the trendy power food, quinoa, to my diet these days as long as it is prepared in a flavorful fashion!

Did you know that although referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed from a vegetable related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets? Interesting isn’t it!

The recipe that I have brought to you today – Quinoa spinach cakes – is a perfect protein and fiber powerhouse. I topped these cakes with avocado mango salsa to further enhance the flavor profile of this dish.

These cakes are very versatile and can be served as a finger food (make mini cakes), breakfast (with over easy egg on top) or as an ultimate veggie burger with melting cheese on top!!

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Recipe                                                    Makes 12 -14                               45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks green onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup spinach, thawed or steamed (I used frozen)
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. red chili flakes
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic and cook, until translucent.
  2. Add carrots, green onions and spinach and cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients and mix gently.
  5. Let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Make small patties and pan fry in a non-stick griddle or skillet, flipping in between until desired crispiness is reached.

Recipe for Avocado Mango salsa

  • 2 semi-ripe mangoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, minced
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together to make salsa!

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Notes

  • Make sure to rinse quinoa thoroughly before cooking.
  • You can bake these cakes in a preheated oven at 350 F (175C) for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for another 5 minutes. Keep checking as oven temperatures may vary.
  • You can make these with left over quinoa!
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