Lately, I feel like I haven’t been eating as healthy as I could be, so I decided that tonight I should make something fresh, delicious and most importantly – healthy. After seeing a recipe for quinoa burgers on Pinterest, I decided I had to make them. This meal is also a recipe for my one week food-menu planning – so stay tuned for more recipes! But in true BS fashion, let’s get to this recipe!
For both these recipes, I source a great healthy eating food blog, Living Well, Eating Thin which has some great, health minded recipes! For the quinoa burgers, you need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used marble, but I think a goat cheese would be fabulous!)
- 1/2 cup no-fat cottage cheese
- 1 medium carrot grated
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 green onions (including the white sections)
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground sea salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Combine all your ingredients until they are throughly mixed. If you are adding your quinoa warm/hot, make sure to temper it into the mixture to avoid cooking your eggs (tempering means adding bit by bit, mixing after each addition. This slow adding method allows the temperature of the dish to adjust without cooking the raw eggs).
In a large frying pan, add in a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and turn your heat to medium. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop your mixture and place on the frying pan. Flatten each quinoa burger down until they are 1/2 inch thick. Let fry for 4 minutes, then flip, allowing the other side to fry for another four minutes. While making all the burgers, I turned my oven to 200°F and put the cooked quinoa burgers on a parchment lined cookie sheet to keep them warm.
- 2 fresh avocados (diced)
- 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
- 2 blood oranges (peeled and diced – normal oranges would also work)
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp fresh italian parsley (fresh mint, basil or cilantro would also work)
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
Combine all the above ingredients, give a gentle stir and serve! I loved the color variation of this salad – remember, people eat with their eyes first!