Kale & quinoa patties

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Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:30 mins
  • Cook:30 mins – 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

These veggie burgers are scrumptious and simple to make, top with fresh pesto and goat’s cheese for a light lunch or dinner

Nutrient Unit
kcal 564
fat 33g
saturates 9g
carbs 43g
sugars 9g
fibre 3g
protein 21g
salt 1.4g

Ingredients

  • 140g quinoa
  • 500g hot vegetable stock
  • 100g kale , stalks removed, leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 medium eggs , beaten
  • 50g sundried tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • 100g goat’s cheese , cut from a round log
  • green salad , to serve (optional)

For the pesto

  • ½ small pack basil , leaves only
  • ½ small pack parsley , leaves only
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 50g pine nuts , toasted
  • 50g parmesan , grated
  • 150g olive oil
  • juice 1 lemon

Method

  • STEP 1

Put the quinoa in a saucepan and pour over the hot stock. Simmer for 18-20 mins over a gentle heat until the grains have fluffed up and the liquid has disappeared. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the kale and simmer for 6-8 mins until cooked through. Drain, squeeze out any excess water and set aside.

  • STEP 2

Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 mins until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Tip the cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the kale, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and sundried tomatoes. Season well and mix to combine. Set aside.

  • STEP 3

To make the pesto, put the basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in a small food processor. Pulse, slowly pouring in the oil, until you have a thick pesto. Squeeze in the lemon juice to loosen, then set aside.

  • STEP 4

Gently heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a shallow frying pan. Using your hands, form the quinoa mixture into 8 round patties. Add to the frying pan and fry for 4-5 mins each side until crisp and golden.

  • STEP 5

Heat the grill to high and put a slice of goat’s cheese on top of each patty. Place under the grill to brown and melt the cheese slightly – this will take a matter of seconds, so keep an eye on them. Top each patty with a generous spoonful of pesto and serve with some fresh green leaves, if you like.

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