Quinoa Fritters

by Maria on June 18, 2014

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So it has been a ridiculously long time since my last post. I enjoyed a little vacation from blogging and also took the time to focus my energy on another venture, my new nutrition counseling and consulting company, HÄLSA Nutrition. While I love cooking and writing about food, I have been missing the counseling and teaching part of being a dietitian. My youngest is now also in kindergarten (ok, almost in first grade at this point!), which gives me a little more time to devote to work.

Anyways, here is a super tasty and healthful recipe that I came across on Pinterest recently: Broccoli Cheddar Jalapeno Quinoa Fritters. Perhaps you have seen this recipe already? It’s apparently on of the most popular recipes on Pinterest. I tweaked it from the original a bit, and fortunately I think it is a recipe that is very amenable to tweaking. I used peas and broccoli because I didn’t have that much broccoli on hand and red onion instead of scallions. Also, the second time I made it without the jalapenos so that it would appeal more to my kiddos (who are not keen on spicy foods yet—probably because the Swedish girl in me doesn’t make food very spicy).

Quinoa Fritters

(adapted from JillAnn, Vintage Kitchen)

Servings: Makes about 10 fritters

1 heaping cup cooked broccoli or other vegetable

4 scallions, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)

2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (leftover quinoa is great for this recipe!)

1-2 limes, zest one and cut the other into wedges for serving

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons milk 1/3 – ½ cup self-rising flour or gluten-free flour mix

Kosher salt to taste

Canola or avocado oil for frying

  1. In a large bowl, combine broccoli (or other veggies), cooked quinoa, cheese, jalapeno, scallions, lime zest, parsley, milk, and eggs. Add self-rising flour or gluten-free flour to the bowl and stir to combine. If mixture seems to wet, add a little bit more of the flour.
  2. Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoons of oil.
  3. Drop batter by 1/3 cup fulls onto hot pan (or form into patties with your hands). Cook until golden brown, a few minutes on each side.

Side suggestions: lime wedges, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, diced avocado, salsa, homemade sweet potato fries



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