So hot right now: Quinoa Cakes

I’ve been seeing people making quinoa cakes all over the internets lately (think crab cakes, but made out of quinoa). I know what you’re thinking, “health food, schmealth food”. Ok, fine. I get it. Here’s the thing though, quinoa pretty much tastes like nothing, is as easy to prepare as rice, and is full of essential protein. No one has bad stuff to say about rice! Just because quinoa is a new word, doesn’t mean its not something you can easily incorporate into your life. With ‘filler’ items like rice and quinoa, my theory is that you just need to dress it up with other things you love……like poached eggs. Just because you eat healthfully, doesn’t mean it has to be gross. It’s easier than you think to disguise the “healthy stuff” with other stuff that is delicious and satisfying.

Like I said, I’ve seen all kinds of quinoa cakes online lately like THESE and THESE. Now, I love me a cake, and I love eggs even more, so I knew these were a must make! Everything is truly better when topped with an egg. That’s a betsylife rule to live by! For my quinoa cakes, I totally winged it. I cooked up some quinoa (1/2 c. dried to 1 c. water. Rinse, boil, cover, and reduce heat to low for about 15 minutes until absorbed. Just like rice) To the cooked quinoa, I added about 1/4 finely diced onion, 3 T. finely grated parmesan cheese, and an egg. Then I added bread crumbs slowly until the mixture seemed like it would hold together.  I formed it into patties, and seared it in a hot pan with a little olive oil until browned (about 4 minutes per side). I served mine topped with a poached egg on a bed of spinach. I could easily see this working with salsa, or garlic and herbs, or with fish, or cheese,  or lots of other options! Even fruit!

These were really satisfying and tasty. So satisfying, in fact, that I think they will become a part of our regular meal routine. I really urge anyone who eats rice regularly to give quinoa a try. Its a little different shape, but it’s an easy way to get more protein in your diet. Just think of it as like pair of khaki pants, you can pair it with anything! New stuff doesn’t have to be scary!

I’m in major recovery mode from a wild, wedding weekend in Indianapolis. Big congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Abbie Lyden! It was a great time. but at our age, I’m sure the recovery is going to take twice as long as the fun lasted. Oh well, anything for good friends! I’ll try to post some event pics later.

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  1. says

    I had already bookmarked a quinoa cake recipe that I saw earlier and this is yet another reminder that I need to make these. I love the poached egg on top. I am new to using quinoa, but I have a feeling this recipe will make quinoa a regular ingredient in our household. Great post.

  2. says

    I’m totally late to the quinoa cake bandwagon, but I did just see a couscous cake recipe the other day. Both look equally delicious! Gotta try making these soon — they seem right up my alley.

  3. says

    I love quinoa but I’ve never heard of it in cake form. Definitely something I’m going to try soon! I’m pretty sure if I put a runny egg on top of anything it will be delicious :)

  4. says

    These sound awesome. Thanks for doing the work. Ya know, I think, since I love seafood, you could add canned salmon or crab to these to make them even more special.


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