Predictably Latin-Infused Quinoa Patties




While visiting my awesome sister on her farm in Wisconsin, I made the quinoa patties from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Everyday in an effort to both use up some farm fresh, delicious eggs and enjoy one of my favorite nutritional super stars- quinoa! We enjoyed them with minced onion and chives as the recipe called for, but I found myself out of both of these. I do, however, have a surplus of black beans, a plethora of spices, and a giant container of salsa… enter the Latin- Infused Quinoa Patties!

Quinoa-Black Bean Patties:

makes 6


– 1 cup cooked quinoa

-1/2 cup cooked black beans

-1/4 cup cheese, such as pepper jack, cheddar, or chevre

– 2 eggs, beaten

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

-3/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder or other chile powder

– 1/2 teaspoon cumin

– 1 tablespoon lime juice

-1/3 to 1/2 cup bread crumbs (can use gluten free or regular)

-1 tablespoon oil (or more, depending on how sticky your pan is)


1. Combine quinoa, black beans, salt, spices, lime juice, and cheese. Stir in the beaten eggs, then the bread crumbs. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.

2. Shape the mixture into 6 patties. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and add the patties , all at once if they fit, or in batches.

3. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Top with salsa or your favorite sauce (I’m thinking cilantro pesto would be amazing here) and enjoy!


I am trying to get back into blogging again after a long hiatus. I have still been cooking away over here, just not motivated to write about it with all the other assignments from school pilling up. My break is nearly over and I feel I’m just beginning to recover!

I have been enjoying channeling my creative energies elsewhere, however. My sister and her husband offered me the opportunity to paint a “Dia de los Muertos meets pastoral” themed mural on one of their walls and that has been a lot of fun to work on. It isn’t finished yet (walls take a long time to paint- who knew?) but I will be going back again soon to finish it. If you’re interested in looking at the progress, Erica posted some pictures in her blog here. 

Yesterday I made this little guy as well- Octopus!



xo/ Nikita





About lacocinaencantada

I live, work, study, and of course cook in Portland. I find nature continuously inspiring and love verdant pacific northwest for its lush and wild charm. I love cooking, baking, drawing, painting, photography, running, yoga, and spending time with people I care about. I believe in eating real food: minimally processed, no weird additives, heavy on the fresh produce and whole grains. I also believe in eating delicious food. Healthy food should be creative, inspiring, and yes taste good! While I strive to make healthful recipes, I never sacrifice taste for "low cal" or "low fat." Everything in moderation is key! I hope to share some of my recipes and thoughts on food or heath issues here. Enjoy :)

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