Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is classified as a grain but is technically the seed of a leafy plant. Compared with all of the grains, it has the highest protein content and is a 'complete protein'; meaning it contains the 9 essential amino acids.
Quinoa has a low glycaemic index, and is a very nutrient dense food; making it ideal for those who want to boost nutrient intake and improve health. It is an easily digestible food and a good source of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, B vitamins and vitamin E.
- 2-4 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa
- 3 medium eggs
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. chives, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. coriander, chopped
- 1/4 cup of ground almonds
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix your cooked quinoa and all the other fritter ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 Tbsp of oil to a medium fry pan on moderate heat. Using a soup spoon, scoop out the fritter mixture and place in the fry pan and flatten a little. Place as many as you want in the fry pan, making sure the edges don't touch. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until lightly golden and drain on paper towels.
Repeat until you use up all the fritter mixture ... You may need to add more oil in between batches. Serve with roasted vegetables, or a crunchy salad.