Red beetroot, red quinoa, red pepper and why not a few strawberries to make it extra red and tasty. Those red patties are a great alternative to falafel or even meat, they go where you like them to go, whether it’s a veggie burger, a wrap, a salad or just a snack by itself. They are also gluten free since buckwheat flour is used. You simply have to do different shapes, depending on what you intend to do with them. I usually like to put a bunch of different vegetables on the table with those red patties, and everyone does their own mix. You can add a nice tzatziki with it or a sweet mustard (mango mustard is great to, if you have some at home). In my case I did it with tzatziki a la Maria-Pia. As sidekicks; avocados, goat cheese, spinach and tomatoes are fantastic.
Those red patties are not only healthy, tasty and light but a good deed. See… as scientists told us, the amount of meat we consume is pretty intense, not only is it bad for our health, but our environment. I’m not myself a vegetarian, but I do not want to simply ignore it either… if everyone would try to cut their meat intake that would make the world a much better place. The bovine meat is, by the way, the worst on the scale of impact for the environment, so why not skip that beef patty and try out this one… You won’t regret it.
So here is the recipe to your new alternative to beef!
Red beets and quinoa patties
Makes 4 portions
- 1 big precooked beetroot (250g)
- 60g red quinoa
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 250g chickpeas
- 5 strawberries *optional
- 40g crunched pistachios
- 100g buckwheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- salt, red pepper
Toppings * suggestions
- baby spinach
- goat cheese
Bring the oven to 180C° (350F)
- Start by cooking the quinoa
- In a mixer, add the onions, garlic, chickpeas and mix (not too fine, so we can get bite of chickpeas ones in a while)
- Reserve into big bowl
- In the mixer, add the beets, strawberries, pistachios and mix
- Add to beets to the big bowl
- Add the quinoa, vinegar, olive oil, egg and mix
- Pour in the flour in a few times, and mix with a wooden spoon until the consistency is holding on the side of the bowl without falling down.
- Add baking sheet to a tray and make the balls the size you want, whether it’s a golf ball size of beef patty size, but it should all be the same size, otherwise it will cook unevenly (I did 2 different batches).
- Cook for 20-25 minutes depending of the size of your patties
- Let cool a bit, serve with healthy wraps or burger bread, avocado, tzatziki, tomatoes, salad of your choice and goat cheese