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Quinoa Sliders

Ingredients

 

1 ¼ c. quinoa, rinsed

2 ¼ c. vegetable stock, organic

 

I keep bulk powdered organic vegetable broth on hand to use when I’m short on time. Choose a quality product preferably organic. Cheap packaged mixes are laden with toxic chemicals. And NOT inexpensive when you calculate their price by the pound. Not to mention the cost to your health!

Quinoa Sliders with buns and garnish.

1 t. Himalayan pink salt

2 T. Dijon mustard or regular organic mustard

1 medium red onion, chopped or 1 T. powdered

5 garlic cloves, chopped

3 fresh green onions, chopped

2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped - I use scissors for cilantro and parsley

2 T. fresh parsley

2 t. ground cumin Start with 1 t. if you’re unaccustomed to the flavor of cumin

¼ t. ground fennel seeds

2 t. paprika

1 egg beaten, optional

 

1/3 c. uncooked quinoa ground into flour

16 whole-wheat slider buns

1 ½ c. arugula or other salad green of your choice

Directions

 

In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa, stock and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

 

Meanwhile, place next 9 ingredients in a food processor or blender. Transfer blended mixture to a medium bowl. Add quinoa and mix well.

 

Add quinoa flour one spoonful at a time to make a slightly stiff dough and shape into slider bun-sized patties.

 

Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until brown.

 

To assemble, layer greens on bottom of bun. Add quinoa patty, condiments, veggies, and bun top.

 

Additional serving ideas include:

 

Slice of tomato, onion, and healthy cheese.

Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries.

Quinoa is an amazing food. Eaten for over 5,000 years this powerhouse of nutrition is becoming ever more popular here in America.

It is consumed much like other grains (wheat, barley, oats and rye) yet it is not a grain (cereal grass) but rather a family member with spinach, Swiss chard and beets.

 

Health Benefits of Quinoa

 

  • Complete protein

  • Unlike other grains, quinoa is a complete protein.

  • Good Source of Fiber

  • Quality intake of protein and fiber are two dietary essentials for regulation of blood sugar.

  • Anti-inflammatory/Reduced Risk of Cancer

  • Phytonutrients in some cases are higher than blueberries and cranberries.

  • Gluten-Free/Low Allergy Potential and High Digestibility

 

These qualities make it suitable for young children and those with digestive sensitivity.

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