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Quinoa Cakes

grains Jun 02, 2020

Adapted from recipe

Learning to cook quinoa is essential to increasing the whole grains that you include in your diet. Although PCRM considers quinoa a "grain" it is actually a seed. It is packed with protein, iron and potassium. You can cook it on the stove or for convenience the microwave.

Check out my Facebook live for a demo of this recipe.

Cooking Quinoa in the Microwave:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
Add quinoa and water to a microwave safe bowl and stir. Cover and heat on high for 4 minutes. Carefully remove from the microwave and stir. Cover and heat for another 2 minutes. Stir and let stand covered for 1 minute. If all the water is not adsorbed, cover and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Let stand covered for 1 minute. USE OVEN MITTS WHEN REMOVING FROM THE MICROWAVE, SINCE THE CONTAINER MIGHT BE HOT.

Cooking Quinoa on the Stove:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water

Add quinoa and water to a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover, simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until water is adsorbed.


Yogurt Dill Sauce, optional 

  • 2-3 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1 cup plain nonfat vegan yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
Combine ingredients for yogurt dill sauce and set aside.

Quinoa Cakes:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 4 Egg Replacer Eggs (2 Tablespoons of egg replacer and 1/2 cup of warm water)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped yellow onion or scallions
  • 1/3 cup vegan Parmesan cheese (optional, adds sodium and a little coconut oil) 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • non-stick spray

1.  In a large bowl, combine Egg Replacer ingredients and mix well to combine.

2.  Add remaining ingredients to bowl and stir well.
3.  Heat large skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick oil.
4.  Scoop out 1/3 cup of mixture and form into a ball then press into about a 1-inch thick patty.
5.  Cook for 5 minutes until the underside is golden brown.
6.  Flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes until this underside is also golden brown.

Serve warm or cold. I like these cakes over a bed of greens like arugula or spinach.

NOTE: Here are two egg replacers that I like. Bob's Redmill and Ener-G Egg Replacer. Both can be found in the baking section of Coops, Organic Markets or Whole Foods.


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