Slumber Party!

My husband and sister-in-law just ran the Chicago Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon!  My hubby ran it in 1:56!!  I’m so proud of both of them!  Ava and I had no interest in partaking in such an activity so we cheered from the sidelines…which meant that we needed to be in the heart of Chicago at 6:30am.  Lucky for us my brother, a.k.a. Uncle Awesome, lives in a wonderful loft in the Loop.  He lives in the meat packing district..  Oddly enough he is a vegetarian.  My brother loves quinoa and is always looking for a new way to prepare it.  I decided this would be the perfect time to test out Quinoa Cakes.  Success!!  These cakes are bursting with flavor and they are packed with a serious dose of nutrition.

At Uncle Awesome’s Loft there was lots of dancing…

Lots of reading…

And, of course, lots of eating…

Quinoa Cakes

  • 1/4 cup Sundried Tomatoes
  • Handful of Spinach (hey, I was at a bachelor pad and the measuring cups were hard to find – probably about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Potato, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup Raw Cashew Nuts
  • 2 oz Feta Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Diced Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tahini
  • 2 Tbsp Flour (whole wheat if you have it)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 cup Cooked Quinoa

While the quinoa is cooking, blend together all the ingredients in a large blender or food processor until smooth.

I dare you to resist the temptation to stick your entire face in the blender because the smell is amazing!!!!  Caution – please don’t stick your face in the blender – there are sharp, pokey things in there!  Moving right along…

Add the cooked and slightly cooled quinoa and pulse a few times.

Form into patties…

And place on a greased cookie sheet.  Check out this bachelor’s cookie sheet, lots of flavor on that bad boy!

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.  Flip halfway through to crisp and brown both sides.  These patties could be formed in advance if you have guests coming over or for a busy weeknight meal then simply pop them in the oven and dinner is served!

Of course, we couldn’t stop there…we decided to top our quinoa cakes with a roasted red pepper sauce.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Combine in a blender or food processor until smooth.

I hope you will enjoy these tasty little quinoa cakes!  We sure did!

Congratulations to all the Runners out there!


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  1. Your pictures are so precious and these cakes look delicious!! Love the red pepper sauce, yum! :)

  2. David Kinnard

    And I warmed them up in the microwave and tried them in the oven. Could not tell the difference! Still just as good the next day either way!

    Uncle Awesome

  3. What cute pictures! These quinoa cakes look really good – full of flavor and texture. The roasted red pepper sauce definitely makes these little cakes pop.

  4. I am interested in trying those quinoa cakes. I’ve never thought to do that before.

  5. What a yummy looking recipe. Great post and great pics!

  6. Fabulous pix, great storytelling, and awesome looking recipes. can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing

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