Crunchy red quinoa and aduki bean patties with tasty steam-fried kale

Posted: June 29, 2017

These patties have great taste and texture and I love the colours if you use red quinoa, although you can also use ordinary quinoa.

You can pre-make them in batches ready to heat in the oven for a quick weekday lunch or supper which will fill you with nutrients and give you all the right kinds of energy.

Delicious with kale, a superfood which deserves all the great publicity it gets, and I also like to have a dollop of sauerkraut to give it a bit of zing and top up the old microbiome.

Crunchy red quinoa and aduki bean patties

1 tin aduki beans or the equivalent amount, soaked and cooked

2 cups quinoa, cooked

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 small carrot, chopped small/food processed

1 small onion, chopped small/food processed

1 small stick celery, chopped small/food processed

2 tablespoons apple sauce

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoonful sesame seeds (optional)

1 handful fresh coriander, chopped

Cook the celery, onion and carrot in a heavy-based pan in a little water or vegetable stock. Add the spices and cook for another minute. Take off the heat, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and bake for approx 20 minutes on 180C/160C fan or until they are slightly toasted and crunchy on the outside.

Tasty steam-fried kale

A few large leaves of kale

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon tamari

Juice of half a lemon

Slice the kale and leave for ten minutes – this activates the highly nutritious indole-3-carbinoles. Steam-fry in a pan in a little water until wilted. Remove from heat and add the other ingredients, drizzling with olive oil at the end or on the plate. You can also add a little organic feta cheese crumbled on top.



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Here in Cornwall the blackberries are just starting, and there are apples to scrump from the track down to the beach - good for counteracting all the pasties and ice cream we've been eating 😬 - so it seems a good time to mention that:

- apples may seem everyday, but they contain thousands of phytochemicals which work synergistically, boosting each other's power. The vitamin C content in an apple isn't very high, for instance, but is worth three 500mg vitamin C pills thanks to the other micronutrients that come with it. And a fresh-picked apple is worth two cold-storage supermarket apples, so now is a good time to be eating them.

- the rich colour of blackberries and other berries indicates high concentrations of antioxidant, antiinflammatory, anticancer polyphenols. No chance of getting scurvy with these around 💜

If you are after a wheat and/or dairy free crumble, I love oats and almond flour for the topping, and Alpro soya custard to go with it.
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