An increasing number of people choose to follow a healthier and more natural diet, based mainly on healthy and natural foods, and substitute foods of animal origin such as meat or derivatives (such as milk, cheese or yoghurt). We can mention the vegetarian or vegan diet, or simply follow a healthier, natural and healthy diet, rich in cereals and 100% natural foods. Within these foods we can mention the quinoa , that unlike what is mistakenly thought, it's not really a cereal but rather a pseudocereal . In fact, although it is similar to a cereal in what refers to its nutritional composition (and above all for its culinary uses), it originally belongs to the family of spinach and beet.
Did you know, for example, that it's one of the very few plant-based foods that contains all the essential amino acids? How much does our body need for its proper functioning? Among these amino acids we can mention tryptophan, methionine, cysteine, cystine and lysine. From a nutritional point of view noted for its high protein value , besides being very rich in vitamins (especially vitamins B, C and E) and minerals (phosphorus, calcium and iron). Further, It also provides soluble fiber and essential fatty acids , which stand out for being excellent to enjoy good cardiovascular health.
Regarding their consumption, their swollen grains are used as cereal for breakfast or for the preparation of quinoa milk . We can also find in the market quinoa flour , which is used in the preparation of different dishes, desserts (such as crepes or cookies) or in the preparation of breads.
On this occasion we want to explain how to make wonderful quinoa burgers , an excellent alternative and a delicious substitute for traditional meat burgers, which in fact have nothing to envy thanks to its richness in proteins of good quality and its high content of essential amino acids.
How to make quinoa burgers at home?
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 1 carrot
- 2 onions
- 7 tablespoons of oat flakes
- 2 eggs
- Bread crumbs
- 3 glasses of water
- Olive oil
Steps to make quinoa burgers
First of all we should start putting the quinoa grains to boil. To do this, put in a saucepan or saucepan 1 quinoa ratio for 3 of water, and let it boil, cooking it as rice usually cooks without adding salt (let boil for 20 minutes). After this time, strain and reserve in the saucepan.
Meanwhile, peel the onions and the clove of garlic and cut them into pieces. Wash the parsley. Place the eggs, the onions, the garlic clove, the parsley, a pinch of salt, the oregano and the thyme in the bowl of the blender (or in a wide bowl, whichever is most comfortable). Beat everything until all the ingredients are integrated.
Now add the cooked quinoa to the mixture that we have churned. Mix everything with the help of a wooden spoon. Add the tablespoons of oat flakes.
Wash the carrot, peel and rake it over the previous mixture. Stir and wait 1 to 2 minutes for all the ingredients to integrate well. Now add the bread crumbs in the amount you consider appropriate, so that the dough takes body.
Put more breadcrumbs on a large plate. Give the dough shapes of small hamburgers, and pass them through the bread crumbs, on both sides.
Put extra virgin olive oil in a pan and when it is hot fry the hamburgers in it a bit. Ready!.
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