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Quinoa patties with avocado dip and crispy kale

Quinoa. I always feel a bit embarrassed saying it (I say “keenwah” by the way – what do you say?), let alone blogging about it. And the fact that my kids love it – genuinely – kind of makes my embarrassment even worse! It’s become such a smug middle class ingredient, so symbolic of things that most normal mums find oh so annoying about perfect bloggers and their organically clothed children who feed their kids in Pinterest-worthy kitchens…

Please be very, very aware that I am not one of those people; my life is as far from perfect as it’s possible to get! And yet… Quinoa.

I have battled with Quinoa. I want to eat it, despite its irritating connotations. This is because it is UBER healthy – and once you have a batch cooked, it’s very handy to have in the house. Eat it cold in salads (like you would cous cous); add milk and maple syrup and warm in a pan for a ‘porridge’; or, as here, fried up to make patties. I have tried it a few times before and never been that keen (wah – ha ha!). But I have finally cracked what I was doing wrong, and now I can honestly say the following: I LOVE QUINOA!

Cook it the right way first off: I boiled it with stock, the juice of a lemon and a good pinch of salt until all the water was soaked up (about 30 mins). 390g quinoa / 900ml stock makes a good amount to stash in the fridge.

This amount will yield enough for 2 meals at least. (I used the first lot to make griddled courgettes with quinoa and feta – we had this with roast chicken and maple glazed roots – a great Sunday meal). The second lot sat in the fridge for a week, until I made these. I served them with crispy kale (a total revelation by the way – you actually have to try this for a great healthy snack) and a smooth guacamole type dip. We had this for brunch on Saturday – and the kids really enjoyed it. I called them veggie burgers! Even Bea a who purports to hate avocado ate the dip, which I called “green mayo”. She fell for it! Mwah ha haaaa!!

You could adapt the pattie recipe any way you see fit. Next time I might swap the feta for parmesan I think, maybe instead of chives I could go for parsley. Any leftover vegetables, chopped small would be good in there too. Pine nuts would add a lovely crunch.

This would make a great lunch or tea for a bunch of kids – especially if mums are there too. Be brave, do it – they will love it, I promise. And you will be henceforth known as the Quinoa Queen (which is what I now call myself).

Makes: about 12 patties (slider size)
Prop time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

About 340g leftover cooked quinoa (see above)
100g breadcrumbs – about 2/3 slices (I used gluten free wholegrain bread)
100g feta, crumbled
1 tablespoon of chopped chives
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Plus more oil for frying

For the crispy kale: 
1 large bag of kale
Extra virgin olive oil
Generous pinch of salt

For the avocado dip (smooth guacamole):
3 avocados
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Handful of chopped coriander
Juice of 1 lime


  1. Preheat the oven for the crispy kale. About 180 will do. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the patties in a bowl with your hands. Mould into pattie shapes and set aside. 
  3. Heat some oil in a pan and when hot, add the patties. Flatten them as they fry. They need about 7 minutes each side. 
  4. Whilst they are frying, make the dip by whizzing all the ingredients. 
  5. Toss the kale in oil and salt and scatter evenly on a large roasting tray or tin (you may need two trays). Roast for about 5-10 minutes, watching it closely as it can burn quickly. Turn the kale once during cooking. 
  6. Serve all together. Be amazed as your kids tuck happily into this healthy feast!



  1. 35 East Street
    April 2, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Is it weird that I say "keenwah" out loud but when I read it I hear "Qu-no-ah"? I'm not a huge fan but I like the look of these patties, I shall bookmark to revisit when I'm in the mood for a touch of middle class 😉

  2. April 13, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I have to say I'm a big fan, but don't often have it at home. Might give this a try!

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