These Kid Friendly Quinoa Fritters are one of my favorite quinoa recipes for kids! The perfect way to get your kids eating quinoa without a fuss.
If you have been reading long at all, you know that I love my foods spicy and with lots of kick. My kids, on the other hand, aren’t nearly so enthusiastic about heat.
My salads are not-so-affectionately referred to as “stinky salads,” and Skye runs the other way whenever I’m eating one. I sometimes wonder if she has a future in Hollywood with the way she carries on about how bad my homemade balsamic vinegar dressing smells. (Kinda hurts my feelings…. But my youngest son did the same thing.)
Speaking of hurt feelings, before they will eat anything I give them it is always eyed suspiciously for pepper, onions, and traces of anything green I might have tried to sneak in. (Where’s the trust?)
Let me tell you, the deceptively delicious movement worked when they were toddlers, but now they are food detectives who demand food on their terms.
I know that most people are against preparing one meal for the kids and one for the adults, but I must admit that a lot of what I eat is pretty spicy for the grade school set.
And I am ever so grateful that their loud complaints are not cries for junk food. (If you want to see something funny listen to me tell my boys we are going to stop at a fast food restaurant for lunch. They respond with a violent “No!!!” as if I’d just told them I was getting rid of the iPads, Wii and all of their Legos.
Given that I’m not interested in eating bland food and they are not (yet) interested in spicy food, I find that more often than not I am making two meals. Sometimes three because the boys don’t agree on much of anything when it comes to food. The exception? These quinoa fritters!
This is a recipe that is made in my house at least once a week – and one I play with often. If I’m feeling a bit indulgent, I will often increase the cheese and flour to one cup and use 5 or 6 eggs instead of three. On the other hand, sometimes I skip the eggs and cheese altogether and use flax seed egg replacer. (I’ve made them with vegan cheese and flax for the egg replacer. They will still eat them without complaint.)
This is my favorite quinoa fritter recipe because it is so versatile. I typically make a double batch and then add a few things to it for the grown ups. Good add ins include are sautéed spinach, kale, red pepper, chopped onion, minced garlic, cayenne pepper and curry powder. Honestly, your options are near endless.
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These Kid-Friendly Quinoa Fritters are made in my house at least once a week. It is a recipe I play with often. If I’m feeling a bit indulgent, I will often increase the cheese and flour to one cup and use five eggs instead of three. On the other hand, sometimes I skip the eggs and cheese altogether and use flax seed egg replacer. Play around with this and see what works for your family. When making quinoa fritters, one thing to keep in mind is that if they are sticking to the pan, the reason is typically that you are trying to flip them before they have cooked enough. Cook them a little longer and they will flip easily.
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour or gluten free flour blend
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 3 eggs
- Coconut Oil for cooking
In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa with flour,
cheese, onion, salt, pepper, and parsley. Lightly beat eggs
in a small bowl and add to quinoa mixture.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Form quinoa into balls or ovals and carefully add to hot oil. Cook for 3–5 minutes per side, or until a golden crust has formed. Drain on paper towels.
Serve with ketchup or desired dipping sauce.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 244mg 10%
Potassium 218mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.