Lifestyles Center Blog


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



  1. Cook the quinoa and allow it to cool at room temperature.
  2. Toast the bread, and then turn it into crumbs using a blender or equivalent.
  3. In a big bowl, combine the quinoa, bread crumbs, chopped onion, peas, pesto, and eggs.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wait 2-3 minutes, allowing each to cook (in the case they get too crispy, just adjust your heat).
  10. Once cooked, remove to a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil before serving.
  11. Serve warm and add the fresh lemon juice to the patties.

Written By Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Patties