Quinoa Patties…and a kiss of Coconut

Coconut Quinoa Patties

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for recipes that are quick, incorporate highly nutritious foods, and taste great as leftovers too.  Even better if they taste like the tropics!

A few days ago I was checking out Edible Perspective and discovered this recipe for Coconut Quinoa Patties with Spicy Honey Yogourt Sauce & Mango Salsa.  I rarely make a special trip to the grocery store for certain ingredients, but I hightailed it that day to pick up some mangoes and make this ASAP!

I adapted the recipe only slightly and my verdict is as follows…

…quick – yes, especially when I decided to bake them in the oven instead of pan frying them in small batches.

…incorporate highly nutritious foods – for sure!  Quinoa, coconut, garlic, lemon, cayenne all have great health benefits.  And who among us isn’t looking for new ways to use quinoa?

…taste great as leftovers – indeed.  They’re easy to reheat in a frying pan, the yogurt sauce & salsa keep great in the fridge for up to 3 days, and they even taste great cold!

…bonus – they’re so pretty!  I will definitely be making these again.

 

Coconut-Kissed Quinoa Patties

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2 large eggs
1 tbsp raw honey
½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 ½ cups cooked quinoa*
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
zest of 1 lemon
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2-6 tbsp quinoa flour

In a large bowl whisk together your eggs, honey & ricotta.

Gently stir in the cooked quinoa, coconut, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt & cayenne until well combined.

Add just enough quinoa (or other) flour to hold the patties together.  I used about 2 tbsp total.

Shape the mixture into the size of a golf ball and press between your hands to flatten them.  Place them on a silpat lined baking sheet.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 oven for about 15 min per side, until lightly golden brown.  Serve with Mango Salsa & Spicy Yogourt Sauce

 

Mango Salsa

1 mango, chopped
1/3 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup minced shallots
3/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp lime zest
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and stir to coat with lime juice.  Allow to sit for at least 1 hour for flavours to mingle.

Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 

Honey-ed Yogurt Sauce

1/2 cup plain yogourt
1 – 2 tsp honey
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
dash of cayenne

Stir all ingredients together.  Spoon over quinoa patties and top with salsa.

 

And don’t forget…pause just for a moment to admire the pretty picture on your plate and then dig in!

Quinoa Patties

 

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