Quinoa Zucchini Cakes

Quinoa Zucchini Cakes

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I was asked to make crab cakes during Cut throat Kitchen with Alton Brown on Food Network channel. I am raised a vegetarian and continue to be one so cooking meat or seafood is always a challenge since I do not get to taste my dish and its like cooking blind!

For people who followed me on Master Chef they know that I was asked to cook beef and I did although I refused to taste it. Gordon Ramsay said- ” Its cooked better than some people who cooked it who eat meat”

This simply means that I am blessed to use my finger to throw spices and get lucky with flavors and end up with a tasty dish.

I did exactly that at Cut Throat Kitchen too where I made the crab cakes for Alton but I always try to come up with a vegetarian version.

My quinoa zucchini crab cakes are super healthy and packed with flavor.

Here s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa

1 cup grated zucchini

1 small potato grated

1 small onion grated

1/2 jalapeno chopped finely

Spice blend- 1/2 tsp turmeric, lemon pepper powder and garlic powder, curry masala powder and dried fenugreek leaves

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Grate zucchini and add some salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 min s squeeze all the water out.IMG_8814 (1)
  2. Then cook the potato and grate the potato
  3. Cook quinoa. For 1 cup of quinoa add 2 cups of water and let it cook.IMG_8815 (1)
  4. Take a bowl and add all the spices, dried fenugreek leaves and salt. Mix well.
  5. Then add grated zucchini, potato, onions, jalapeno and quinoa to the spice mix and mix it well with a spoon mashing everything well.IMG_8823
  6. Add 1 tsp of all purpose flour and mix it in.
  7.  Make round patties with this mix.
  8. Place it on a cast iron skillet with olive oil for 2 min s on each side and flip to cook the patties well.IMG_8830

I usually make a mango chutney during the summer and it goes so well with my quinoa zucchini crab cake. You can use any chutney or dip with it.

 

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Quinoa Spread Pizza!

Quinoa Spread Pizza!

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Tuesdays are always tough since my kids go for ice skating lessons and we end up coming back so late after their class. Tuesday nights – we usually end up making veggie quesadillas or pizzas. Its so much fun as they help me in the cooking process and are so excited to be a part of any small task that I have to offer them.

Yesterday was one such evening and my kids wanted Pizza. Now I knew I had some left over quinoa and some pasta sauce lying in my refrigerator. So I had an idea. I wanted to try a healthy spin and see if my kids would notice a little bit of cheating from my side! to try and get my  kids to eat healthy.

I have a 30 minute pizza dough recipe that works wonders when you are hard pressed for time. But if you want to save that trouble you could certainly buy store bought pizza dough.

I tried to mix the left over cooked quinoa with the pasta sauce and also tried to pack it with flavour using some finely chopped fresh garlic and some dried basil. I smothered the flavor packed quinoa spread on the pizza base and topped it with some cheese and onions. I used one half for the kids and the other half i also topped it with some spicy jalapenos for the adults:)

Anyway all of us loved it. It was a  big hit. The kids asked for more and i was one lucky happy mom! So i thought of sharing this idea with all of you.

I am also attaching a picture that I clicked before we dug in:)

Enjoy.