Curried Quinoa Bites

Sunshine is once again sharing its warmth with Los Angeles and I can already begin to sense the upcoming beach days on the horizon. With chilly weather slowly being kicked out of California, it’s time to shed the cashmere sweaters and don maxi skirts and floppy hats. Our wardrobe shift also indicates that it’s time to slow down our intake of gluttonous comfort food and move on to the fresh and vibrant offerings that spring blesses us with. Of course I’m always sad to leave behind my hearty recipes, but I love the rainbow of colors found in local produce when the thermostat begins to rise. While this recipe below doesn’t directly utilize a plethora of farmer’s market delights, you can create a variety of different meals with these golden treats as the protein base.

I found these to be a tad dry when I made them, so I would suggest decreasing the amount of oatmeal used, or adding a bit of olive oil into the mix to increase the overall moisture.

Curried Quinoa Bites – makes 10-12 bites (adapted from Cara’s Healthy Cravings)

  • 1 can chickpeas; 1/2 cup cooked quinoa; 1 egg; 1/3 cup oatmeal; juice of 1 small lime; 1 clove garlic; 1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro; 1 teaspoon chili sauce (I used chili garlic sauce); 2 teaspoon curry powder; 1 teaspoon cumin; 1/2 teaspoon salt; pepper to taste; 1 tablespoon olive oil

Rinse and drain chickpeas and roughly chop in blender.

ImageRoughly chop garlic and combine spices and all ingredients except oil (unless you would like to add more) to blender/food processor.
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Puree until you get a nicely textured mixture.

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Yum chili garlic sauce :)

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Heat olive oil in large skillet and when warm add 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time to pan. You may need to coax the mixture to spread out a bit. Cook 3-4 minutes per side until nicely golden. Once you’re done you now have super power quinoa bites! I put mine in a sandwich with tomatoes, spinach, roasted peppers and a cilantro lime yogurt sauce. These little guys can be used in just about anything for a protein source – how will you use them?

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