Quinoa is not meat - but boy can it act like it! I could tell you about the protein/amino acids/what have you that make it an excellent replacement for me, but let's face it... for us non-vegan/vegetarian people looking to stretch their food budget by finding meat alternatives.
My quinoa tacos are great, since it mimics the crumbliness of the beef, and you don't even notice a change in taste since the taco seasoning is so spicy (in a good way!).
Every once and a while, though, you want burgers without all the fat. Scott barely ever eats a hamburger, preferring chicken burgers. But where to quinoa burgers fit?
We found out earlier this week. Quinoa burgers have the ease of burger but the more delicate flavour of chicken. That's right - everything ends up tasting like chicken. My recipe was loosely based off this one.
Chick(en)Pea Burgers (makes 4)
1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 small carrot
1/8-1/4c crumbs (we grind up crackers with our mortar & pestle... we only LOOK like we're classy)
7.5 ounces beans (we used chickpeas)
1 egg white (we didn't have any eggs, so I used 1 1/2 tsp of ground flax seed and 1 tbsp water)
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic
1. Cook the quinoa (1/4 cup raw quinoa, 1/2 cup water)