Quinoa Sweet Potato Cakes


Quinoa are cute little seeds that look like millet. It is high in protein and touted for its health benefits.  I bought a few packets of quinoa as I was inspired to eat healthy. Dahlia, my good friend, calls it bird seeds… Anyhow long story short, I am stuck with a few packets of quinoa which nobody wants to eat.  But that does not mean that it tastes bad!  Just means that these people are not willing to accept anything that has a different mouth feel. And the nutrients and health benefits!! Just google it!

For those more accepting of it, I found out, the painful way, how to prep and cook it without tearing out your hair (I should have googled it before attempting it!).

It’s simple. Rinse it in a sieve. It’s so much easier that way.



If you wash it in a bowl, they will stick to you and to your bowl and just give you a whole lot of grief.

Then just plop the whole thing into a rice cooker and press “cook”.

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1/4 tsp salt

When cooked, fluff it up and serve it in lieu of rice.

After eating that, I became smarter and decided to google it for recipes to get rid *ahem I mean use up the rest of my quinoa.  I love sweet potatoes and thought sweet potato pancakes/cakes sound quite good.  This is my simplified recipe.

Sweet potato quinoa pancakes/cakes (serves 2)

1/2 cup mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

2 tsp brown sugar

1 egg

pinch of salt

1 tsbp flour (optional, to bind it together)

Mix everything together and pan fry carefully with oil/butter. It might fall apart when flipping so do it very carefully and gently.  Serve it with butter.

I liked it.  I think it tastes like pan fried mashed sweet potato with little bits of round stuffs in it.  It makes a very safe, non-adventurous, nutritious meal.  But my DD came to me and asked me with a face, What’s that little round stuff?

I should have said Hundreds and Thousands, dear.  She would have been all over it then.