Sorry for the radio silence folks. We’ve been hosting our butts off. We’ve had friends for weekends, afternoon get togethers, dinners, and a few spontaneous sleepovers. This of course means we’ve been eating in and out of the house a lot, but not taking time to plop in front of the computer.
One thing I can say is that the weather has been beautiful here. We’ve had a lot of meals out on the balcony, soaking up the warm weather (and people watching). With warm weather comes lighter fare, which these quinoa patties are perfect for. They provide a filling and nutritious meal without busting the belly. The recipe also makes a lot which is perfect if you’re having guests over. We put the patties tortillas but I think pitas would be better and have written it this way.
Baked Quinoa Patties
- 2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled to room temperature
- 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup chives, chopped
- 1/3 cup dill, chopped
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup kale, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup labne or greek yogurt
- 1 tsp za’atar
- pinch of sea salt
- grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- cucumbers, sliced
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a bowl. Stir in the chives, dill, kale, onion, garlic, and cumin. Add the baking powder and breadcrumbs, stir and let sit for the breadcrumbs to absorb some moisture. Stir in the feta gently.
Form the quinoa into patties. The mixture should be a little wet and that can make forming the patties a little difficult. You can add more breadcrumbs to make it easier, though this may make the patties a little dry after baking.
Space the patties out on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes. While the patties are in the oven, mix the labne, za’atar, and salt and set aside to come to room temperature.
Assemble the pitas with your choice of fixings of pita, labne, cucumbers, and tomatoes.