Cook - Quinoa

Finally we tried quinoa! Every cooking blog, hundreds of recipes through Pinterest, all include quinoa. It’s a trend and of course I had to try it. First of all, it is not easy to find here in Shanghai. I went to some of the Western stores but nothing there, so I decided to order it online using TaoBao, a Chinese website where you can literally find anything! Found it, asked my Chinese colleague to order it and a couple of days later it arrived.
So me and my boyfriend decided to have a nice Sunday dinner again (I think this can become a very nice tradition) and tried something new: Quinoa burgers!

It was a little bit improvised and we just used all leftovers we still had in our fridge:
  • Half a cup of quinoa
  • Chicken breast
  • Peas
  • Red union
  • 2 eggs
  • Garlic
  • 1 chili
  • Vegetable stock
  • A bit of flour
  • Lots of pepper/salt/other herbs you like
Before putting them in the fridge

It’s actually very simple:
Cook the quinoa (follow the instructions on the package). Add some chicken/vegetable stock, that makes the taste even better! Pan fry the chicken breast and chop it into small pieces. Cut the onion, garlic and chili so it’s ready to go in the mixer.
When all this is cut, put everything in a mixer (don’t forget the peas!) and add it with the quinoa in a separate bowl. Add eggs and flour, add pepper, salt and other herbs you like (we used Italian herbs) then mix everything with your hands (Yes, get dirty!). If it’s all mixed together you take a bit of the mixture and you make your burger. We were able to get 5 burgers out of all of this, amazing for just using our leftovers!
Put the burgers in the fridge for half an hour before you start frying them. After put them in a pan and fry them a little bit on both sides. We didn't have the burger buns so we just used some toasted bread and added an extra slice of tomato (that’s all what we had left in the fridge).
It tasted really good! I’m so happy I tried quinoa and that I really like it! I am definitely going to experience more with it! Enjoy!

And ready! Enjoy!


  1. Mmmm, should try this one out! Never tried to make burgers out of Quinoa!



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