Trying a new whole grain can be intimidating, especially when the name is difficult to pronounce. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain growing in popularity due to its nutritional value. Quinoa has more fiber and twice as much protein as any other grain. It can be used in a variety of dishes including burgers, stir-fries, breakfast bowls, and even pizza crust.
Today’s recipe uses quinoa, black beans, and cottage cheese. I love making this for on-the-road meals. These would also be a great option for kiddos who are in sports activities and need a quick meal before practice. You can freeze the mini cakes for up to 3 months and use them as needed. So instead of driving through the fast-food line, grab a protein-packed Quinoa Cake! Enjoy!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 eggs and 2 egg whites lightly beaten
- 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese, reduced fat
- 1/4 cup scallions sliced
- 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese, reduced fat
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place 12 liners in a muffin tin and spray with cooking spray
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the grains are tender and fluffy. Let cool for about 10 minutes and transfer to a large bowl.
- Add eggs, beans, cottage cheese, scallions, flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Stir until combined. Fold in shredded cheese.
- Bake the cakes until slightly brown on top (20-25 minutes). Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with your favorite salsa and avocado.
Recipe adapted from Eating Well