Whole grains are an important part of the DASH Diet plan. Try quinoa as an ingredient to create these Quinoa Cakes. A nice addition to your Lenten table perhaps.

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Easy Quinoa Cakes

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN www.rustnutrition.com
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 patties
Author Rosanne Rust MS RDN, www.rustnutrition.com


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cook per package instructions)
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TB chopped chives
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 TB grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs (more as needed)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bow, mix to combine.
  • Add ingredients through garlic.
  • Add the bread crumbs and combine well.
  • Form into small balls, about 2 inches in diameter. If mixture is too wet, add bread crumbs. If too dry, add a bit of water.
  • Place each ball onto a cookie sheet sprayed with olive oil spray. Pat down into “cake” (disc) Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. (you can also pan-fry them in olive oil, flipping once)


You can serve these as an appetizer or as a side. You can add a variety of herbs (fresh thyme or dill) or other vegetables (chopped mushrooms, minced peppers – sautéed ahead) to them as well. Garnish with fresh arugula or baby greens, if desired.