Friday, March 21, 2014

Recipe Redux: Chickpea Quinoa Patties--Gluten-free, Vegan


I am probably the world's worst plant-based eater/cook in that I've never made a homemade veggie burger. Never. They are my restaurant staples (mostly because of fries, let's be real), and I see drool-worthy recipes floating all over the internet. Making a veggie burger is on my 2014 goals.

I took a step in that direction with a falafel-esque chickpea quinoa patty. WHAT HAVE I BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR?? These are seriously good. PLUS they keep for at least a week in your fridge, and pack fantastically. 1 hour on a Sunday and you have lunches for the entire week. That is something I completely support.

Warning: you're going to want to put this dill sauce on everything. I may or may not have eating a spoonful right out of the jar one day. It's out of control. Again, what have I been doing with my life that cashew sauces have not been made more often??? 

Chickpea Quinoa Patties
Makes 10 patties (ie lunch for 2 people for 5 days)
1 cup dry quinoa
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry powder
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups water for 15 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 450
3. In a food processor, puree all ingredients
4. Shape into 10 patties and lay on a parchament paper baking sheet
5. Cook for 15 minutes.

Cashew Dill Sauce
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
1/2 tsp capers
1 tsp fresh dill
Juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. While the patties are cooking, puree cashews and water in a food processor until silky smooth
2. add in additional ingredients and puree some more
Tip: If you can't find fresh dill (i couldn't) these freeze-dried herbs from Litehouse are fantastic!! Nope--they didn't pay me to plug, i'm just newly obsessed. I also love Love Beets. I mean, come on!

Grab a pita, slice up some cucumbers, beets and pickled banana pepper. Put the patty in the pita, and slather it with cashew dill sauce. Add avocado slices to kick it up a notch. Be prepared to have your world rocked!!

Note: They are also delicious unassembled. The possibilites are endless!



Serena Ball said...

I have been impressed by how well my veggie patties packed in lunches too! My kids even ate them cold and loved them! GOTTA try your dill sauce...looks so yummy!

Bridge said...

Really love the simple ingredients in these..You can add anything to them! Super healthy :)

steph wheler langdon said...

I agree with Serena, I have to try your dill sauce with the capers I have in my fridge!

Betsy Ramirez, RD said...

I love the cashew dill sauce! Yum!

Matthew @ Lasik for Your Surgeon said...


Dr. Adam Kipp said...

That dill sauce sounds amazing!! I'm going to have to try it out on a burger this weekend for sure!