Recently, in my frequent/habitual/stalkerish browsing of the baking/cooking blogosphere, I've been able to pick out several trends that just about everyone tries. One of them is the New York Times' proclaimed "Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever" (which I will be trying later this week.) Another is varying curry recipes from India...it would seem many people are addicted to Indian food these days? Health trends are flying everywhere too--from gluten free to vegan diets, the internet community is ALL about sharing these recipes--which leads me to my new found love, quinoa.
If you're in the dark as I was, quinoa is basically a type of grain, small & round like couscous (which it can be used to replace, along with rice, oatmeal & even some noodles if you wish) which is super-healthy due to the fact that it's a complete protein. (As in, rather than having a select few amino acids to help build proteins, it has all 8 by itself!) Like any staple food, you still shouldn't eat ONLY quinoa--variety is a good thing, as I've learned this summer in my introductory bioanthropology class. :) But, it certainly is handy!
Basic Quinoa Patties for 1 (makes 2 small patties!)
1/4 C COOKED quinoa
1.5 T parmesan (finely grated)
About 1/2 tsp finely chopped chives
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbls Panko breadcrumbs
About 2 1/2 tsp no-fat greek yogurt
1/4-1/2 tsp each Tumeric, Cumin, & Dried oregano (to taste)
- Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. (Mixture shouldn't crumble too easily, it must hold its shape-so add more greek yogurt if necessary!)
- Bring a small skillet to medium heat on the stove, drizzle a light amount of olive oil to fry/prevent sticking
- Form small patties with your hands out of the quinoa mixture, place into the skillets & let fry for a few minutes on each side (should be slightly golden brown)
- Cover with your favorite sauce, or simply eat plain--they've got a nice flavor all by themselves!