Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Superfood: Quinoa Burgers

Superfood? What do I mean by that? Quinoa is an ancient grain, that is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.  It is packed full of protein, fiber, maganese, and calcium and it is also a complete protein, meaning that you are getting all of the essential amino acids needed for building muscle.  In an effort to add more vegetarian dishes to my diet, I made quinoa burgers.  They were full of flavor, and honestly, not that much different in texture than a hamburger.  The best part, the next day I cut up the leftover quinoa burgers, warmed them up along with some marinara sauce to dip them in, and served them as an appetizer.  This recipe is from Gather--Food Talk

1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa (about a cup of dry quinoa)
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs of EVOO
3 Tbs marinara or tomato sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp yellow mustard
6 deli flats or rolls

sliced cheese
lettuce or spinach
sliced tomato
ketchup & mustard

1) Cook the quinoa.  In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth (or water or chicken broth) to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.  Pour into a large bowl and let it cool for awhile.
2) Mix all of the ingredients in the bowl except the deli flats of course and stir well.  I add the eggs last, as I do not want the hot quinoa to cook them.  
3) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cover a pan with tin foil and spray it with non-stick spray.  You can use parchment paper and skip the non-stick spray if you would like.  Shape the quinoa mixture into six patties.
4) Cook for 25 minutes.  Flip the burgers and cook for 15 more minutes.  If you are adding cheese, you might want to do that about 5 minutes before they are done.
5) Make your burger. Add spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and whatever else you might normally put on a burger and enjoy!
**served on the side are oven fries with sea salt, pepper and fresh thyme**

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