Quinoa...a blast from the past. A favorite protein source that I used A LOT when I was living a vegetarian diet. This is one of the coolest foods/grains out there. And it's quite a bang for your buck! You have a complete protein, meaning you get all amino acids chains meeting nicely to give you the proper nutritional punch. In my opinion, it has a strange flavor by itself, but takes on pretty much any flavor you mix with it.
As you might have already picked up, I like to serve my girls a variety of foods! I usually tend to stick to a vegetable source for their protein. Luckily they do not mind beans and most veggies. This recipe meets all of our needs and I find that they eat most anything when it's in a patty or pancake form.
Quinoa Black Bean Patty
based on recipe by Prevention Magazine
1 1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen- thawed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp salsa, mild or medium
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp corn meal
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Cook Quinoa accordingly and allow to cool. Mince garlic and chop cilantro. In a large bowl add Quinoa and next eight ingredients and mix. Make well in bowl and add egg and mix thoroughly. Add corn meal and flour and stir. Scoop 1/4 cup of mixture and make patty. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in skillet and add patties. Let cook about 5-8 minutes per side.
My girls like this with a little salsa served on the side. You could also make a yogurt sauce or a little sour cream can work well too. I have served these patties with a chili lime marinated Tilipia and grapes but you could have this be the main dish for lunch or dinner since it's full of all important ingredients!