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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


  • 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.