Quinoa Burgers and Pad Thai for Meatless Monday

My weekend vegetarian cooking will incorporate red quinoa, a South American grain, and a vegetarian version of one of my favourite Thai dishes, Pad Thai.

I will make Quinoa burgers or patties  for lunch.  Vegetable patties have not been my forte, but  I expect that if I make them more often, my skill will increase.  My theory is that whatever the recipe says, the cook has to make last minute decisions about whether there is enough moisture, or enough of the binding ingredient, such as bread crumbs or flour.

Vegetarian burgers are good heated up, but also go nicely in a cold packed lunch, with a bun, lettuce, and other trimmings.

The Red Quinoa Patties recipe I’ll be trying is published by the Quinoa Corporation in its Inca Red Pamphlet, available online at: http://www.quinoa.net/4600.html.  Cooking quinoa is very much like cooking rice—rinse thoroughly, and use 2 cups of water for each cup of dry grain.  The recipe calls for three cups of cooked quinoa–one cup of the dry grain yields this amount.

Quinoa Facts

It’s pronounced “Keen-wa” not “Kin-oh-ah” as I used to say it.

Not widely used in North America, quinoa was a staple of the Incas.  It has more protein than other grains and is high in vitamins E and B; and minerals, such as calcium, iron, and phosphorous.

I have found quinoa in bulk food and natural food stores.

Vegetarian Pad Thai for Dinner

According to Wikipedia, Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes.  It’s traditionally made with rice noodles, egg, fish sauce, tamarind, red chillies, and other ingredients, such as bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu.  Garnishes typically include peanuts, lime, and coriander.  The recipe I will be using can be done with eggs, or soft tofu as a substitute, bean sprouts, and Baby Bok Choy.  It calls for tamarind paste, which is perfect if you can find it–look in the international section of a grocery store or at an East Indian/Asian store.  I’m going to try to make do without tamarind by adding a bit of lemon and a touch of brown sugar instead. The recipe can be found at About.com:


2 thoughts on “Quinoa Burgers and Pad Thai for Meatless Monday

  1. Isn’t quinoa just about the best thing that you’ve ever eaten? I am originally from the US, however have been living in Lima, Peru for about 6 months now. I was so excited to see quinoa up close and personal, so a lovely and interesting plant. And so healthful, too.


    1. Hi, quinoa is a beautiful and very unique grain, both to look at and to eat. I have no idea what the actual plant looks like. Have you taken any pictures by any chance? Good to hear from you.


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