Little Quinoa Patties - Yes, I want cake

I was at my neighbor’s house this afternoon when Meeker called to let me know he was home early and had plans to start cleaning out our home office.

And by home office, I really mean giant junk room.

Old mail, slippers, kettlebells, a shotgun or two, blankets, pillows, a board game (we only have one: scrabble), old textbooks from college, Halloween candy, guitars, chapstick, screwdrivers, jewelry, video games…you name it, it’s probably been hiding in our office since 2010.

(2) Little Quinoa Patties - Yes, I want cake

I was so excited to get rid of all of this unnecessary clutter in our home that I giddily skipped home (in a snowstorm) to help him. Fast forward three hours and our sweet one-and-a-half year old daughter is politely reminding us that we hadn’t eaten dinner yet.

Thaaaank goodness I had made these cute little patties at lunchtime because we all all sat down on the floor and dined on them straight up. No buns. No plates. Just popping them like (large) chicken nuggets.

Fast forward one more hour and our smart one-and-a-half year old daughter is asking me to change her diaper and give her a bath.

So I took a break, bathed that sweet little responsible girl, read her a few stories, loved on her a bit, and put her to bed.

(3) Little Quinoa Patties - Yes, I want cake

And now, Meeker and I are back in the office clearing, straightening, and eating the rest of the quinoa patties for dinner.

(4) Little Quinoa Patties - Yes, I want cake

Quinoa Patties

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{makes 10}

adapted from here

  • 1 C uncooked quinoa
  • 2 C vegetable broth
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 C chives, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/3 C parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 C almond meal
  • 1 T olive oil

Rinse your quinoa off (I use a really fine fryer strainer) because I’ve heard you are supposed to do that. Then put it in a small saucepan and cover it with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, partially cover, and turn the heat down. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, or until liquid is all absorbed. Set aside to cool.

Once cooled, mix all ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl. Form patties using 1/4 C measurer.

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Place the patties down in the oil, and let them cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are browned, and they hold together when you stick a spatula under there.

Let them cool slightly on a baking rack before eating (helps them solidify a bit). Enjoy!

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