Adventures in Quinoa Recipes

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This post is a double treat, because it contains not one, but two recipes.  I have experimented with quinoa in the past, but didn’t really take to it too well.  I was using it as a substitution for rice in various dishes.  I made all kinds of quinoa stir fries, quinoa and black beans, etc and just wasn’t feeling it.  Well, this week I experimented with using it in a different way.  Instead of a rice substitute, I focused on recipes that used it in different ways.  Here are two recipes that were inspired by Sofullsista but tweaked to meet my tastes.  In case you haven’t noticed already, I never follow recipes as they are written.

Quinoa and Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked quinoa
3-4 zucchini (sliced lengthwise)
1 jar pasta sauce
8 oz farmer’s cheese
2-3 cups Asiago cheese
1 cup parmesean cheese
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup fresh chopped basil
garlic, salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the farmer’s cheese, sauce, quinoa, basil, salt, pepper & garlic and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  2. In a rectangular baking dish, add a thin layer of the sauce mixture.  On top of the sauce mixture, place a layer of zuchinni slices.
  3. Spread the mixture on top and add crumbled pieces of feta and some asiago and parmesan cheese.
  4. Add another layer of zuchinni slices and repeat the layering steps with the sauce mixture from step 3.
  5. Finish it off with sauce and cheese.
  6. Place in a pre-heated 350˚F oven for 45 minutes covered with foil.  Remove foil and allow to bake and brown for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes and serve.

 

Quinoa Patties

Ingredients:
4 cups of cooked quinoa
2 cups of bread crumbs
4 eggs
2 cups of Colby cheese
½ green bell pepper
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs paprika
garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste
1 tbs olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl except for the eggs.  Stir until everything is mixed together thoroughly.
  2. Add eggs and stir until all ingredients are coated with the egg.
  3. Use your hands to form hamburger sized patties and place in a saucepan with the olive oil on medium heat.  Cook each side until beyond a golden brown, but not burnt.
  4. Serve with garnish, bread, or a sauce.

This recipe can be made vegan by omitting the Worcestershire sauce and cheese  and substituting the eggs for applesauce.  If anyone makes a vegan version, I would love to hear back as to what you did and how it came out.

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