Quinoa Muffins and Vegetarian Burgers

Recipe time…………Quinoa (pronounced, keen-wah), in my books, is one of the superfoods. It is a staple in our house. It can be used in a variety of ways and is available in a variety of colours, black, red, white and also as a mix with the trio of colours. It can be used as a cereal, a side dish, in cakes and muffins, in salads, the list goes on, it’s really versatile. It is high in fibre and a great source of protein so it will keep you feeling fuller for longer. It is gluten free and can be used as a substitute for pasta or rice.

I’m posting a couple of recipes I tried this week. One is carrot and quinoa muffins, which I was a little sceptical about trying, but they turned out a treat and the kids loved them. They will be making an appearance at the school fete this week as my version of “healthy cupcakes” at the cupcake stall. This recipe can also be made as carrot cake if you prefer to use a log tin.

For the sweet tooth;

Quinoa Carrot Muffins

1/3 cup of macadamia oil

1 cup of selfraising flour

1 teaspoon of cinamon

1 cup of cooked quinoa (I used a mix of red and white)

1 cup of grated carrot

1/2 chopped walnuts

a handful of sultanas and chopped dates

1 container of apple puree ( I used 1 grated fresh apple)

3 eggs

Honey (optional, as they are sweet enough with the dried fruit and apple)

Olive oil spray to coat muffin pattiesquinoa muffin mix

Basically, mix everything together with a wooden spoon and pop into patties in your muffin tray. Baked in oven at about 160 degrees for roughly 10 to 15 minutes (keep check as they cook quickly) Makes 10-12         Thanks to my mum for this recipe!quinoa muffins c Or something savoury;

Vegetarian Quinoa Burgers

2 cups of cooked quinoa (I used red and black)

3/4 cup of light tasty cheese

1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese (great source of protein for vegetarians)

1 carrot grated

1 zucchini grated

3 eggs

3 tablespoons of wholemeal flour, add extra if its too sticky

2 shallots or substitute with onion

1 teaspoon of curry

1 clove of garlic

cracked black pepper

Spray oil for pan

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and use a 1/4 measuring cup as a scoop to drop into hot pan, fatten with spatula and reduce heat to cook slowly so they don’t fall apart. Brown and flip. Thanks to Alan for this recipe..quinoa veg burger

Give these recipes a try, to you they may not sound as appealing as a mud -cake muffin or a big juicy beef burger, but they really are yum, you may just like them. Remember; food is fuel…..and water is for hydration…..water drink it

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