Quinplant Patties

Have you ever loved a food so much that you’d do anything in order to eat it?  For me, that food is eggplant.  I know it sounds crazy that I could love a vegetable.  Maybe even crazier that I say I would do anything for it. 
This summer I started having weird food reactions, especially to vegetables.  My mouth would get itchy and sometimes it would hurt.  One time I even felt like my throat was getting tight.  And of course, one of the foods that caused this was eggplant.  So instead of not eating eggplant, I decided to eat it in small quantities.  And make recipes that involved eggplant with other ingredients.  Call me stubborn, I already know it.  It’s just too good to give up. Trust me,  I’m pretty sure you’ll try this recipe and thank my dedication to the beloved purple plant.
Quinplant Patties
Yields 3-4 cakes
1/2 cup of quinoa, prepared according to box
1 cup eggplant, diced
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 Tbs parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 Tbs olive oil
fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1.) Line a baking sheet with foil and put eggplant, onion and red pepper on the foil.  Spray with cooking spray and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
2.) When veggies are finished, allow to cool.  In a bowl, combine quinoa, eggplant, bread crumbs, cheese and egg.  Form into 3-4 patties.
3.)  In a food processor, combine pepper, onion, olive oil, a few basil leaves, salt and pepper.
4.) Heat a pan to medium and spray with cooking spray.  Place patties in pan one at a time and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until crispy.
5.) Remove patties from pan, top with veggie spread, and a piece of basil.



Have a great weekend!

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