Joel was more than a little skeptical about this meal. It was a double-eyebrow-raising “HUH”?! When I told him what we were having, and I am pretty sure he thought I had gone off the deep-end. But we were both really pleased with how this meal turned out. It was easy and quick to prepare, and it was really good! Even Joel said that it was surprisingly good, haha. And even though I would definitely consider this a light meal, and was thoroughly expecting to be starving by 8 (and needing a bowl of ice cream as a snack) I was surprisingly well satisfied all night! This will definitely be making an appearance in our meal rotation again!
Quinoa Cakes with Poached (or fried) Eggs (Annie’s Eats)
Yield: 6 patties
2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup minced fresh chives, plus more for garnish
2 large shallots, finely chopped
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, plus more if needed
Olive oil, for frying patties
6 poached eggs (one for each patty) or you could serve them with fried eggs, however you like them.
In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, eggs, salt, chives, shallots, Parmesan and garlic.
Stir to blend.
Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir gently until evenly incorporated.
Form the mixture into 6 even sized paties, about 3″ to 4″ in diameter.
Heat a bit of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat and swirl to coat.
Add the patties to the pan so they are not touching.
Cook 4 minutes, or until the underside is lightly browned.
Carefully flip each patty over and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Top each patty with a bit of parmesan cheese, a poached egg, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately and Enjoy!