Ah…….the power of quinoa

Looking for something new to add to your grocery list? Try quinoa! Quinoa is a versatile and tasty seed! Quinoa is gluten-free and contains all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Great for those of us who do not eat a lot of animal protein. Quinoa can take the place of any rice or grain. The seed contains healthy fats and is rich in flavonoids (antioxidant). For breakfast, you can replace your oatmeal with quinoa, add some fresh berries, a few walnuts and a dollop of honey……yummy!

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties with Black Beans

1 tbs. coconut oil
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, grated
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 cup onion, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tbs. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup quinoa, cooked
Salsa & sour cream for topping

Heat oil in large skillet and saute the sweet potato, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, and onion about 5 minutes. Add cumin and coriander. Season with salt and continuing to saute until just cooked. Add black beans and cooked quinoa. Mix well. Add about 1/3 of the mixture into a food processor until smooth. Stir back into the mixture on the skillet. Shape into patties. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat and pan fry about 2 minutes on each side. Serve with salsa, sour cream and a salad.

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