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Jackie’s Cook Book Challenge – week 2

Yet another week has begun and I am back with a recipe from one of my cook books. This time around I’ve cooked from a Danish cook book, called Vegetarisk Vellyst (Vegetarian Delight) – so bear with my translation. Some cooking terms might be wrong but hopefully the recipe makes sense.

I have decided that we’ll have at least one meat-less dinner a week and today was a meat-less day. I cooked Quinoadunser (quinoa-“patties/meatballs”) and served them with ovenroased potatoes, carrots, celery and parsnip as well as a cabbage tzatiki. It was delicious. The Quinoadunser had a very nice texture, a great taste and was generally really nice. Next time I’ll add more spices to the mix: cumin, coriander, chili or something along those lines. But we can both recommend these “patties”.

Quinoadunser ready to be eaten.

12-14 patties – serves 4

1 dl whole quinoa (3 dl when cooked)
1 3/4 dl water
150 g beetroot (I used carrot since I don’t like beetroot)
100 g onion
1 garlic clove
1 dl graham flour or other whole grain flour
2 teaspoons curry
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
taste-neutral oil

Rinse the quinoa in cold water. Cook it in 1 3/4 dl water for 10 minuttes. Remove from heat, stir in a bit of salt and let the quinoa rest covered for another 10 minutes.
Peel the beetroot (or carrot) and the onion. Grate both using a coarse grater.
Mix grated garlic, flour, curry, salt, onion and beetroot. Now mix in the quinoa and finally the eggs. If the quinoa is cold, you can mix all the ingredients at the same time. Let the mixture rest for a while.
Each “quinoa-patty” is made from 1 medium- large spoonful of the mixture, making “patties” that are app 1½cm tall. Put some oil on a hot pan and cook the “patties”. They need app. 5 minutes on each side on medium heat – cook until they are “firm”, brown and crispy.

Took this picture while making the mix for the Quinoadunser and talking to my mother who then wanted to see the mix, because I claimed it look like a mix for cupcakes.

Have you joined the movement to have at least one meat-free dinner a week? And what do you cook on those days?

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