Totally Epic Quinoa Sandwich.

Posted on March 3, 2013

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Alright! So if you follow the Facebook page, you will know that I have been raving on about my recent love affair with superfood Quinoa ( pronounced keen-wah) of late. I tried a delightful quinoa salad at my friend Ms.R’s house recently and fell in love. What a beautiful, tasty and versatile grain it is! Low in carbs, packed with protein, gluten free, rich in fibre and essential nutrients, Quinoa is being touted as the “supergrain of the future”. Find out more about quinoa here (source : Fitday). Then just this last week, I was caught tantalising the FB community with pictures of what I called Quinoa babies or patties. Those babies looked so divine, everyone wanted the recipe AND they tasted so GOOD, I thought it would be criminal not to share.

The Epic Quinoa Patties/Cakes

Serves 12

You will need: 

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa cooled ( 1 cup uncooked qunoa will yield about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 whole medium zucchini finely grated ( squeeze out all the moisture using paper towels)
  • 1 whole medium carrot grated finely
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • 5-6 sprigs of spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated colby cheese ( or any sharp cheddar) finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder (or as per taste)
  • 3/4 tsp salt or as per taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper as per taste

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Preparation:

  • Combine all the ingredients listed above except the eggs.
  • Add  the eggs and mix well until the entire mixture comes together.
  • If the mixture is too wet at this point, you can add in a sprinkle more of breadcrumbs to even the moisture out.
  • Shape the mixture into 12 burger like patties.
  • Heat a medium sized fry pan coating the base with cooking.
  • Place about 6 patties with enough room to flip.
  • Bring the heat to medium and cook for about 6-7 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown on either side.

Notes :

  • Quinoa can also be cooked in chicken/veggie/beef stock for enhanced flavour
  • Serve hot with tomato/sweet chilli sauce.
  • These patties can be dry fried on a non-stick pan.
  • Use rice flour instead of breafcrumbs for an entirely gluten free option.
  • The patties can be cooked and frozen upto a week in advance.

So where’s the sandwich?

When I was recently asked by the wonderful folks at Bakers Delight to design a lunch time sandwich recipe, I thought it would be good to send some feelers out on people’s preferences – health, convenience, time or variety. What I understood from most of the responses was that people want to eat healthy but time is definitely a determining factor in how we prepare our lunches. Another concern is that people are happy to make the effort on a delicious but healthy option but are not sure whether the family will like it or not.

Well I’ve done the homework on this one for you !

Totally Epic Quinoa Sandwich

  • 2 chia wholemeal bread rolls
  • 2 epic quinoa patties (you can double up if you like your sandwich to be very filling although I find the one patty is plenty)
  • 1 cup Oakleaf lettuce leaves, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced  {You could also use avacadoes, cucumbers or capsicums as toppings}

Totally Epic Sauce.

  • 1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise OR Kewpie {Delicious Japanese mayo}
  • 1/2 tbsp mild mustard
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish
  • Pepper

Quinoa sandwich

Preparation:

  • Whisk all the ingredients for the epic sauce and set aside.
  • Cut the chia bread rolls into half , spread a light layer of the epic sauce on the bottom half.
  • Top with oakleaf lettuce , quinoa patty and tomato slices.
  • Now add a dollop of the epic sauce and place the bread roll top.
  • Serve as whole or cut in half.

Bakers Delight chia bread rolls are packed with the goodness of omega 3 and have a low GI. The sandwiches featured are healthy, quick to put together, a welcome change from the usual mundane vegemite,cheese or jam sandwich combos and the best and most crucial part of all, they also passed the kids test that too with flying colors. Trust me on this one – it is EPIC :)

What is your favourite sandwich filling? Do you think you will be giving The Totally Epic Quinoa Sandwich a whirl?

Disclosure : This is not a paid post for Bakers Delight, however I was requested by BD to design a sandwich for their recipe bank for which product was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.

Linking up with the lovely Jess from Essentially Jess for IBOT :)

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