Black Bean Quinoa Cakes

These black bean quinoa cakes make for a hearty yet bite-sized meal. Zip some tomatoes, onions and cilantro in your food processor for the quickest salsa cruda ever, and serve together.

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Makes: 12 cakes

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Black Bean Quinoa Cakes:

  • 1 10.5-ounce can black beans
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg, beaten (or 2 tablespoons tahini, for vegan substitute)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

For the Salsa Cruda:

  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse together the black beans, cilantro and garlic until coarsely pureed, about 2 minutes.

2. Transfer black bean mixture to a medium mixing bowl and stir in qunoa, beaten egg (or tahini) and whole wheat flour until well-combined. The resulting mixture should be moist but not too wet. Stir in chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper.

3. Add the panko bread crumbs to a small plate. Form the chickpea-quinoa mixture into 12 equal-sized balls, about 1-2 inches each. Roll each ball in the bread crumbs and transfer to a parchment or silicon mat-lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly to form 3/4-inch thick discs. Bake in the oven about 18-20 minutes.

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4. While the Black Bean Quinoa Cakes are baking, prepare the Salsa Cruda: In a food processor, pulse together the tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, garlic cloves, lime juice, salt and pepper until finely chopped, about 2 minutes.

5. Serve the cakes warm or at room temperature with a side of salsa. 

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Want more quinoa? Try these Chickpea Quinoa Cakes!

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