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Healthy Quinoa Cakes

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These nutritious and healthy quinoa cakes are perfect for small hands (and big ones!) and full of quinoa, egg, cheese, and veggies.

healthy quinoa cakes

Yay for another healthy quinoa recipe! I like to buy quinoa at Costco, 10 pounds at a time. It’s about the only bulk item we can get through fast enough to warrant purchasing. That, and applesauce pouches…oy. But the gigantic bags of quinoa are a great excuse to create more and more quinoa recipes for YOU, which I love doing.

This recipe is super fast if you have some leftover quinoa from another dish…

Nutritious little quinoa cakes, perfect for any time of the day.

…even better if it’s because you are making one of my favorite quinoa recipes: pizza quinoa casserole; baked turkey & quinoa meatballs; one-pot mexican quinoa; or quinoa & arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette. 😉

Today, it’s a quinoa recipe that doesn’t even require a fork…HEALTHY QUINOA CAKES!

Nutritious little quinoa cakes, perfect for any time of the day.

Healthy Quinoa Cakes

What do I love about it?

  1. Easy: cook quinoa, mix everything together, pan fry. Done!
  2. Nutritious: packed with whole grains, protein, and some veggies – it’s practically a meal.
  3. Family-friendly: it’s great for ALL ages.
  4. Freezable: double the batch, or save some for later – they freeze perfectly!

These nutritious little cakes are perfect for small hands (and big ones!) and full of quinoa, egg, cheese, and veggies. 

So won’t you join me in my quinoa obsession? Pick up a 10 pound bag, meet me back here, and let’s get cooking!

Healthy Quinoa Cakes Recipe:

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These nutritious little cakes are perfect for small hands (and big ones!) and full of quinoa, egg, cheese, and veggies. 

Healthy Quinoa Cakes

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cakes 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

These nutritious and healthy quinoa cakes are perfect for small hands (and big ones!) and full of quinoa, egg, cheese, and veggies.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Prepare quinoa as directed, with broth for extra flavor. Let cool. (Can be made ahead of time.)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients except for oil. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. In a medium pan over medium high heat, add 1 Tablespoon of oil to pan.
  4. Scoop out 1/4 cup of quinoa mixture into hand and carefully place into pan. Add a few more cakes to pan, but don’t overcrowd.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes, then carefully flip over with flipper. Mixture is fragile, but will stay together!
  6. Cook for another 3 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to plate lined with paper towel.
  7. Repeat with remaining mixture, adding oil to pan when needed.

Notes

  • Mixture is fragile, handle carefully.
  • These freeze great, so once they have cooled, store in a freezer bag and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until hot, when you are ready to eat. They won’t be as crispy, but still taste great.

Keywords: quinoa cakes, quinoa, healthy quinoa recipe

 

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  1. Vince

    I love quinoa but I tend to just use it as a grain in bowls – rather than recipes. These look like a perfect way to experiment with quinoa, especially as you could easily change the flavors and ingredients.

    And yes, great for small hands!

    • Emily

      Hi Sally,
      It’s tough because the cheese adds flavor, but also acts as a binder. I would recommend adding another egg and seeing if that is enough to hold it all together. I haven’t tried this, so I can’t vouch for it but it’s worth a try! And be sure to let us know if it works – or not!

  2. Holly

    We made this recipe tonight and loved it! BUT beware that the calories in the nutrition info are incorrect. I think the calories used in the calculation were for 1 cup cooked, which is around 220. But this calls for 1 cup of dry quinoa, which is 640 calories. All told, each cake comes out to around 360 calories instead of 92! We unfortunately didn’t realize that until after we scarfed a bunch down, ha. But if you don’t mind the extra calories, this is a fantastic recipe and a great way to use up that quinoa!

    • Emily

      Hi Holly, thanks so much for bringing this to my attention, I just re-ran the nutrition facts! The nutrition will obviously change if # of cakes changes, but they are coming out to 131 calories per cake (12 total).

      • Holly

        Yes! Shortly after I commented I realized my computing mistake. 131 sounds accurate to me…I think I was getting around 150 just based on the ingredients I used. I was going to reply to my comment, but didn’t see it posted right away, so wasn’t sure if even worked. Thanks again for the recipe! It’s a keeper for sure…my kids loved them.

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