Chicken And Quinoa Rissoles With Almond Broccoli

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Delicious quinoa rissoles

Delicious quinoa rissoles

This is the other dish that I promised to share with you early this week. ┬áSee, I do keep promises….*big smiles*. If you are new here, I mentioned in my previous post that I received ingredients from a gourmet company, Gousto, to cook 2 dishes. I shared about the Salmon Quiche in my previous post. So here, I’m going to share the other amazing dish……Chicken And Quinoa Rissoles With Almond Broccoli.

Quinoa rissoles ingredients

Quinoa rissoles ingredients

Just in case you are like me and wonder what rissoles are, they are just round like burgers…..my simplest term. See, blogging helps me to learn……*grin*. My guests really liked this dish. They had never tried quinoa before and find it hard to believe that it’s SO good. They don’t even know what is quinoa! Shhhh……at least I am better than them……..hehe. Actually I learn it just very, very recently. So, really not much better than them…haha

Quinoa (uncooked)

Quinoa (uncooked)

Well, I learned that quinoa is very nutritious and gives high quality protein. It is gluten free and not fattening. It is also high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper as well as fiber. However I have never tried before. In fact, I bought a packet recently just because it’s healthy and good for health. But it’s still lying there…..hmmm. That’s because I’m not too sure how to cook it. But now, I’m totally delighted that I know how to use it. Thanks very much, Gousto for this wonderful recipe!

Here’s the simple and easy recipe:

Ingredients A
150g quinoa (washed and rinsed in cold water)
400ml water

Cooked quinoa

Cooked quinoa

Put all of Ingredients A into a pot and bring it to boil. Once it boils, lower the heat and let it simmer for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool down.

Ingredients B
300g chicken mince
1/2t chili flakes
10g parsley (wash and chop finely)
30g parmesan cheese (grate)
1 egg
1/2 onion (peeled and chopped finely)
1 garlic clove (peeled and chopped finely)

Put all Ingredients B into a bowl

Put all Ingredients B into a bowl

Quinoa rissoles mixture

Quinoa rissoles mixture

Add the quinoa. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into round shaped burgers. The size is all up to you. The recipe said to shape into 6 burgers. That would be huge for me. I prefer them smaller. I think the amount can make about 20 pieces, the size that I prefer. I think it’s a good feeling to know you eat a lot….haha. I know for some, you’ll probably feel guilty…*wink*. No, just don’t tell…..*wink*

Frying the quinoa rissoles

Frying the quinoa rissoles

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the burgers, a few at a time and pan fry them using medium heat. When it’s golden on the underside, turn over and fry the other side until golden too. Dish up. Cook the rest. Enjoy it while still hot. You can serve with some dipping sauce. I served it with my favourite dumpling sauce. Ooooh…..it’s just so good! My dumpling sauce is at Easy Chinese Street Food Pancake Rolls. Yooru can enjoy these as a starter or as a main meal together with the almond broccoli.

Healthy quinoa rissoles salad

Healthy quinoa rissoles salad

Since I still have left over of the quinoa rissoles, I added them to my salad the next day for lunch. That was such a filling and lovely salad. My salad is always made up of salad leaves, goat cheese, walnuts or pumpkin seeds or both and mixed in a good and healthy dressing of honey, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s liquid amino which is a really nice soya sauce. This is the basic. On top of that, I will usually add left over fried salmon or chicken. Here, the quinoa rissoles is a good addition. This is a very healthy salad for lunch which doesn’t drain you of your precious energy. Besides, it’s very quick to prepare. There’s no cooking and cleaning up of greasy kitchen. Oh, save electricity too….haha.

Ingredients C
300g broccoli (remove main stem and cut into florets)
40g almonds (chop finely)
30g butter

Put some water to boil in a pot. Steam the broccoli florets for 5 minutes. Remove.

Almonds fried with butter

Almonds fried with butter

In another pan, add the butter. When it’s melted, add the chopped almonds. Fry until golden, using low to medium fire. Do not over fry otherwise the almonds will taste burnt. Remove the almonds to a small plate, leaving the oil in the frying pan. Add the broccoli. Give a quick stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Delicious almond broccoli

Delicious almond broccoli

Dish up onto a plate and pour the fried almonds over the broccoli and serve together with the quinoa burgers.

I have never fried almonds and this is a real surprise to me. It’s such a beautiful combination with the broccoli! All of us liked it very much. I will definitely be cooking this way again.

I hope you have time to try out this quinoa rissole and almond broccoli. It’s such a healthy meal!

And if you don’t like shopping food for meal time or intimidated by cooking, why not check it out at Gousto. They have awesome menu which you can pick your favourite. They will send you the ingredients, fresh and organic, and also the recipe with instructions how to cook it. It takes the hassle out of thinking what to cook and also there’s no waste. And it’s so much healthier and cheaper than going out to eat.

Til then, see you in my next post!

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- Zig Ziglar

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16 Comments

suituapui  on December 3rd, 2012

Ooooo…that looks like to die for!!! Drooling!!!!

somewhere in singapore  on December 3rd, 2012

Drooling… First time i come across quinoa…

rebecca  on December 3rd, 2012

these look great and a new term to me

Mich - Piece of Cake  on December 3rd, 2012

These patties look delicious. And I love broccoli with almonds.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 4th, 2012

I love those patties! The broccoli stir-fry looks healthy and delish too.

Jeannie  on December 4th, 2012

I too have not tried quinoa although I read that it is indeed a very nutritious and healthy food. I like the way you cook yours into burgers! And that plate of broccoli looks so delicious, I can finish that all as a main meal:D

Belinda @zomppa  on December 4th, 2012

I’m going to try this! Last time I tried to put quinoa patties, they kept falling apart!

Stella  on December 4th, 2012

I love quinoa…i mix in my rice daily, make fritters… Lovely nutty flavor =)

Mary  on December 4th, 2012

@suituapui - Haha….now it’s my turn to make you suffer! :D This is nothing compared to all those nice food on your blog!

@somewhere in singapore - You got to try quinoa. It’s very good for health :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! It’s new to me too :D

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Thanks very much, Mich! :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Jeannie - You are very right, Jeannie. That plate of broccoli is even good for a meal :D Hope you can find quinoa on your side. Give a try. I like it and hope you like it, too D

@Belinda @zomppa - It does need some tender loving care when handling it….haha. I squeezed it in my hand first, then gently made them into round shape, flatten them and gently put into the frying pan. When turning over, need to be very gentle too otherwise it tends to break up a little. Mine all turned out well :D Hope your next attempt is successful Have fun cooking!

@Stella - Oh wow……that’s a lot of ideas you are giving me…..yay! Thanks very much! I would love to make fritters with it :D

Juliana  on December 4th, 2012

Both dishes look awesome Mary…I mix quinoa in my oatmeal in the morning…thanks for the recipe…they sure make a great meal.
Have a wonderful week!

Amy (Savory Moments  on December 5th, 2012

Yumy - those little quinoa cakes look so tasty! What a great dish.

TasteHongKong  on December 5th, 2012

Mary, your rissoles look inviting to me though I know I’m not one of your guests : ).
I first tried quinoa for the same reasons as yours but am loving it more.

Mary  on December 5th, 2012

@Juliana - Oh wow…I gotta try that for breakfast too. Thanks very much for sharing, Juliana! :D Hope you have a wonderful week too.

@Amy (Savory Moments - Thanks very much, Amy!

@TasteHongKong - Come and I will cook these for you! We do need to eat more quinoa. But then I must learn more :D

Mistletoe  on December 8th, 2012

Hi Mary,

I never heard of quinoa until I started blogging. Then when I found out how it was pronounced it gave me a bit of a shock. Was pronouncing it wrong for the longest time. Hahaha. It’s such a healthy ingredient. No wonder you see so many people blogging about it. This dish looks delicious! Another job well done, my dear friend. I should try that broccoli and almonds. L loves broccoli. Plus, easy enough for my amateur cooking skills. Teehee. Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

tigerfish  on December 13th, 2012

I cook with quinoa quite often and the lazy way out for me to include quinoa in my meals is to cook quinoa like rice porridge (sometimes I mix with other grains for more textures and flavor).

Mary  on December 15th, 2012

@Mistletoe - Haha…..I also pronounced wrong at first by my girls corrected me. Well, there are so many weird pronounciations in food names! never mind, just mumble it through…haha. But yes, I really like the broccoli. Hope your whole family likes it :D

@tigerfish - I must do like you too for it’s health benefits. Thanks very much for the tip. :D

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