With just a few ingredients, including quinoa, broccoli, cheese, and eggs, and a super fast method that allows you to make a batch in under 10 minutes, these Quinoa Patties are a favorite meal to share with the kids.
I am going to just say it: I am not a huge fan of the flavor of quinoa on its own. And while I don’t believe in making anyone eat foods they dislike, I have found that serving quinoa mixed into these quinoa cakes is a terrific way to improve its naturally grassy flavor.
I LOVE these for myself and as a way to make quinoa for kids.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make the quinoa way ahead and stash it in the fridge or freezer. Then, when you want to make the patties, you just need to stir it all together and cook them in a pan. It’s a filling vegetarian meal due to the protein and fiber in the quinoa and the protein and fats in the eggs and cheese.
This quinoa recipe is fast, nutritious, and really yummy. A perfect trifecta! It’s a wonderful meatless option for a main dish or can be included in a meal as a side dish.
The leftovers even reheat nicely, too. We especially love them dipped in ketchup and salsa, just like our Broccoli Fritters.
Contents hide 1 Quinoa Patties 2 Your toddler won’t eat? Help is here! 3 Ingredients You Need 4 Ingredient Substitutions 5 Step-by-Step Instructions 6 Frequently Asked Questions 7 How to Store 8 Best Tips for Success 9 Related Recipes 10 Easy Quinoa Patties (Favorite Quinoa Cakes)
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Ingredients You Need
To make this quinoa recipe for kids, you need to have the following ingredients on hand.
- Fully cooked quinoa: I prefer to make the quinoa ahead of time for this recipe so the patties come together quickly, but you can make it right before you start the recipe. Just let it cool a little.
- Eggs: Eggs help to hold the mixture together as it cooks as little cakes.
- Shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella): Any shredded cheese you like the flavor of will work here.
- Broccoli florets (minced finely): I use kitchen scissors to cut up the top parts of broccoli florets. Using just that part of the broccoli ensures that it cooks through in the time that the patties are cooking.
- Italian-flavored bread crumbs: These add nice flavor and help the patties hold together.
- Unsalted butter or olive oil: Either of these will work to lightly pan-fry the patties.
You can use fully cooked rice instead of quinoa if you like.
Trade in cauliflower rice for the broccoli.
Use plain bread crumbs and add ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning. Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.
Here’s how to make this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.
- Add the ingredients, except the butter or olive oil, to a medium bowl.
- Mix thoroughly to form a uniform batter.
- Heat the butter or oil, then add ¼ cup batter to the pan, pressing down slightly to make each patty.
- Cook and flip over. Repeat to make the remaining patties. We like to serve these warm with a dip of ketchup or salsa. Any dip your kids prefer can work though!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can quinoa be used as a binder?
Quinoa can work with other ingredients in recipes like this one to form a batter that binds together when you cook it. You really do need the eggs and cheese to make these hold together as quinoa cakes though.
What can I do with a lot of quinoa?
These patties are a great option since you can freeze them for future easy meals. To heat, place in a toaster oven to warm through or heat in a 375-degree-F oven for about 6-8 minutes or until warmed.
Can I make these without eggs?
You would need to sub in something else to help them hold together, such as the plant-based Just Eggs product.
How to Store
Let the quinoa cakes cool on a wire rack, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Warm in 15-second increments in the microwave, in the toaster oven, or on a baking sheet in a 375-degree-F oven for about 6-8 minutes.
Best Tips for Success
- Cook the quinoa ahead of time so it’s ready to go in this recipe.
- Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the top parts of broccoli florets to ensure it cooks through as the patties cook. Trader in another vegetable for the broccoli, such as riced cauliflower.
- Use a nonstick or cast-iron pan, or another option with a nonstick surface.
- Adjust the flavor by adding garlic powder, onion powder, fresh minced herbs, cracked black pepper, or other herbs and spices you enjoy.
- Double the recipe to make more.
- Serve warm with a dip such as ketchup, salsa, or another favorite dip.
- Try these over a salad for yourself.
- Try this recipe as a baby-led weaning breakfast or dinner.