Zucchini Quinoa Patties

Zucchini Quinoa Patties

Joanne Izumizaki, third place winner of the 2016 recipe contest, submitted this recipe.

PREP 10 MIN
READY IN 25 MIN
SERVES 2 MIN

Ingredients

4 medium zucchini, grated (3 cups)

1 teaspoon salt (divided)

½ cup quinoa

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup grated jack cheese

2 eggs

½ teaspoon thyme

1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ teaspoon ground pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

  1. Place grated zucchini in large bowl or strainer. Toss with ½ teas salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then using large handfuls, squeeze water from zucchini. Repeat process again with another ½ teas salt.
  2. While zucchini is sitting, cook quinoa; bring 1 cup water or chicken broth to boil in small sauce pan, add quinoa, reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for 10-14 minutes until white or until grains are tender and white germ ring is visible around the outside of grains. The water should be mostly absorbed.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine zucchini, quinoa, cheeses, eggs, thyme, garlic, nuts and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Scoop (with ice cream scoop or small handfuls) the zucchini mixture into pan, squash down to about ½ inch thick.
  5. Cook for about 4-6 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  6. Serve as a side dish or in your favorite bun or English muffin