Sunday, March 3, 2013

80--- Hybrid Quinoa Burgers

Once upon a time last week I had some cooked garbanzo beans that I needed to use.  I also had some cooked sprouted quinoa that I also needed to use.

And then these babies were born.

High in fiber with lots of added veggies- good amounts of plant protein as well! Change up the spices and you could suit any number of tastes.

Hybrid Quinoa Burgers
Serves 8

1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup raw sprouted quinoa
2 tsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow squash, chopped
1 cup baby arugula leaves
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/4 tsp fennel seed
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan.  Stir in quinoa.  Cover and cook for ~15 minutes, or until all broth has been absorbed.  Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic, onion and fennel seed.  Saute until fragrant, ~ 3 minutes.  Add squash, arugula and spinach leaves and saute for additional 4-5 minutes or until vegetables have softened. 

Transfer 1/2 of cooked quinoa and all of cooked vegetables to a large food processor.  Add garbanzo beans, pine nuts, corn, salt and pepper and blend until a smooth puree is formed.  Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and fold in remaining cooked quinoa.

Remove 1/2 cup mixture with your hands and form a loose ball (yes, mixture will be very wet).  Place onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and form into a patty, ~1/3" thick.  Repeat with remaining mixture.

Bake one sheet at a time on the lower rack for 20 minutes.  Remove and gently flip patties with a thin metal spatula.  Bake for additional 10 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool for 3 minutes prior to serving.

Top with toppings of your choice on a whole grain bun (I used the jalapeno Greek yogurt dip from Costco- yep- you know the one- along with spinach and kale leaves, sliced cucumber, and pepperoncini rings- it was divine).

Nutrition Info per 1 burger: 140 calories, 4.5 g fat, 6 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

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