2 rounded cups cooked quinoa (see note at bottom for cooking instructions)
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer)
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated (OR 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed)
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 green onions, including white parts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
(optional spices: chili powder, mustard, cilantro, other...)
Olive oil for frying (I used cooking spray instead)
In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder (other optional spices).
Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat. [I used cooking spray instead.]
Mixture will be slightly sticky, so using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop mixture into pan and lightly flatten to 1/2 inch thick.
Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side. [I sprayed the patties with cooking spray just before flipping them to help them fry and not stick.]
Makes approx. 10 burgers.
To cook quinoa:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water (I used 14oz chicken broth topped off with water)
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. Add quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the seeds are tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes.