Quinoa patties with Greek yogurt sauce

Quinoapatties

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I know I say this a lot but this is SERIOUSLY one of my new all-time favorite recipes. These are so refreshing and light but filling at the same time. The flavor is incredible! And the sauce is that of a gyro yogurt sauce with a garlic flare. Ugh that sauce! Quinoa patty recipes always made me run the other way in fear of them being really bland because quinoa can be very bland in the wrong recipes. But that is why this recipe with the yogurt sauce appealed to me so much, I knew I could spice it up with some garlic. So far from bland! These have even more flavor the next day re-heated. And can you even imagine all the protein that is in these puppies, with the Greek yogurt and the quinoa? You guys we are never getting enough protein in our daily diets, in fact to get the right amount of protein we need daily we would need to eat about 20 eggs, in one day! I anticipate these being a hot menu item over the summer in our house. They are really pretty simple too, it sounds like a lot when you look at the recipe, but it really isn’t. And you can mix it all ahead of time and store it in the fridge if you’d like, because if your weird like me you will need to have supper just about ready around lunch time (or what I call “oven ready) to eliminate dinner time stress and mess.


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Ingredients
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach, washed & chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for frying)
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup cheese of your choice (I recommend feta, gouda or mozzarella)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ⅛ of a teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.
  2. Add onion and garlic and heat on medium until onions are translucent.
  3. Stir in the spinach and heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer mixture into a large bowl.
  5. Cook quinoa according to package and let it cool.
  6. While quinoa is cooking mix together yogurt, garlic garlic, dill, mint, ½ tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice and salt and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  7. In your large bowl of spinach and onions, add your eggs, cheese, parsley, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and quinoa once it has cooled.
  8. Finally add the bread crumbs and let the mixture sit for a few minutes to soak in the moisture.
  9. Scoop about a tablespoon of the mixture to make your patties.
  10. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on a hot skillet or pan and press quinoa patties on the skillet.
  11. Heat for about 5 mintes on each side or until slightly brown.
  12. Serve warm with yogurt sauce. (remember when reheating always use your oven or stove top instead of your microwave because the microwave will kill all the nutrients in your food)


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