TUESDAY RECIPE: PEAS + PESTO QUINOA PATTIES
Who says that staying home during spring break has to be boring? Let spring break be a fun time in your town, and in your kitchen. The following recipe will not only give you something to do, but it will provide you with a healthy and delicious appetizer. You could share it with friends when watching a movie, playing a game or just chit-chatting. The following appetizer recipe; “Peas + Pesto Quinoa Patties,” is designed to make 20 small patties.
1 Cup of Uncooked Quinoa (About 2 1/2 Cups Once Cooked)
2 Slices of Whole Wheat Toast
1/2 of an Onion, Chopped
1 Cup of Peas (If Frozen, Thaw First)
2 Tablespoons of Pesto
1-2 Eggs (There’s One In The Photo, But I Ended Up Using Two—Chaos!)
1/4 Cup of Flour
Salt + Pepper to Taste
Lemon for Garnish
- Cook the quinoa and allow it to cool at room temperature.
- Toast the bread, and then turn it into crumbs using a blender or equivalent.
- In a big bowl, combine the quinoa, bread crumbs, chopped onion, peas, pesto, and eggs.
- Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Stir in the flour (it is good to have extra flour set to the side so you can flour your hands as you work on forming the patties).
- Each patty should be slightly larger than the palm of your hand. Place them on a baking sheet as you work each into a patty. Once you form all of them, pop the whole sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so they can firm and dry out. Note: If you’re not going to eat all of these within a day or two, then you could also wrap a few of these up and freeze them until you’re ready to eat them.
- Add a few teaspoons of oil or butter (I used olive oil) to a pan. Patties must be cooked over medium heat. Once you add the patty to the pan, lightly press flat with a spatula.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and press the other side flat. You want to only flip once or twice, as this helps the patties not fall apart as you cook.
- Wait 2-3 minutes, allowing each to cook (in the case they get too crispy, just adjust your heat).
- Once cooked, remove to a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil before serving.
- Serve warm and add the fresh lemon juice to the patties.
Written By Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator
Photo Cred: Patties