**I have posted an updated version of this recipe that can be found HERE!**

FOOD FRIDAY!:  Kale and Quinoa Patties (recipe adapted from Yummy Supper)
I’m going to start a little thing called food Friday and we’ll see how long I can keep it up. I learned many things in the process of trying to document a recipe that I have made 100 times. The most important being that I REALLY need a new lens for my camera if I want to take pretty, up-close pictures of food. Good thing Christmas is coming up :) So, yea, the pictures aren’t nearly as pretty as I would have liked and at a certain point, I gave up. But, I’m still going to share the recipes and the few pictures that I got. Hey, I’m learning here.
I have a TON of fresh kale growing in my garden so I wanted to make something that incorporated that. I’ve made this recipe a LOT over the past year or more. It makes quite a few patties so I like to make it for dinner on a Sunday night so that I have the leftovers to take to work for lunch a few days. I would think of my recipes more as suggestions rather than “follow what I say exactly”. Everyone likes different things. For example, I almost always triple the garlic in most recipes.
You’ll need:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4-6 stems of kale, steamed (about 1-2 cups chopped up)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (I use Italian)
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 2-5 spring onions, thinly sliced (or 1 small whatever onion you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese*
  • 2-6 cloves garlic (your preference), minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • olive oil (or coconut oil)

*I’ve made it without the Parmesan cheese and it turns out okay. It tastes best with it for sure and holds everything together a bit better.

Get cooking:
  • Cook the quinoa and then let it cool down for a bit
  • Steam kale by placing chopped up pieces in about 1/2 cup of water over medium heat
  • Thinly slice your onion(s)
  • In large bowl, mix together quinoa, kale, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, parmesan cheese, and salt.
  • Form mixture into small balls (usually makes about 12-15 depending on size. I’ve found that they cook best when you keep them small.)
  • With a little oil, cook patties (about 4 at a time depending on the size of your pan). About 5 minutes on each side should do it but keep an eye on them. Once they get about medium brown, I know that side is done.
  • EAT: these are great by themselves but I almost always top them with a few things. The first time I made them I tried them with some lime juice, avocado, and cilantro. Now, I almost always eat them with just avocado and cottage cheese on top. I have no idea what possessed me to ever try cottage cheese on top but I really like it.