Friday, November 2, 2012

Quinoa, Brown Rice and Pine Nut Sliders

For those of you who are regular readers you know I am not a big fan of leftovers I usually cook once and eat once and leave the leftovers for somebody else or freeze them for another time when they won't feel like leftovers. But every once in a while you get some leftovers that you can transform into a completely new meal. I love when that happens!

Take for instance the recipe for Pine Nut Stuffed Mushrooms my Mother in Law recently made while visiting (coincidentally, the recipe was written for Clean Eating by my friend Amie Valpone aka The Healthy Apple!).  They were really good but we only had enough mushrooms to use half the stuffing so I ended up with the rest of the stuffing in the fridge.

Hmmm.... I thought... the leftover mixture would make a perfect burger.. but what to do to bind them?  Some flax seed meal did the trick! A little added salt, pepper and sriracha sauce and wow, did these make awesome little burgers!

I served this with a massaged kale salad. Perfect!

Quinoa, Brown Rice and Pine Nut Sliders

4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced white onion
2 carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup quinoa cooked
1/2 cup raw, unsalted pine nuts finely chopped
2 tbsp organic salsa
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp sriracha sauce

In a small skillet heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.  Add carrots, rice, quinoa, pine nuts, salsa, salt and pepper.  Continue to saute until heated through.  Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside.  Allow to cool until it is not to hot to touch.

Add 2 tbsp flaxseed meal to a small dish and cover wit hot water.  Let sit until water is absorbed by the flaxseed. Stir and add to the quinoa mixture.  Add the sriracha sauce and stir to incorporate.

Form the mixture into burgers (either eight slider size or four regular size).

In a skillet over medium heat the rest of the olive oil (you can do this in the same pan you made the mixture in).  When oil is hot add the burgers and allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until bot sides are golden brown and the burgers are heated through.

Serve immediately garnished with some more sriracha sauce if desired.

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