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Meatless Monday: Cheesy Quinoa Cakes with Spicy Lemon Aioli


My mom’s cousin, Dana (we call her “Aunt Dana”), lives out in the middle of nowhere Missouri. She lives on a lot of land…with a lot of animals. As of last night, she has 5 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 horses. She loves animals and in the country, there never seems to be a shortage of animals in need of a loving home. And so, her “kid” count often grows.

I spent many childhood 4th of July holidays at Aunt Dana’s house, spoiling her dogs — learning who preferred tummy rubs over ear massages and vice versa. We’re suckers for animals and so she thoroughly enjoys and understands my all-too-regular Facebook updates with Lily’s most recent shenanigans or cute pose.


Anyways, Aunt Dana called last night to let me know she thought we should submit a video to America’s Funniest Home Videos for the $100,000 grand prize. She went on to describe a video where a sleeping bulldog was tempted with a french fry right under its nose and she thought Lily would play the role perfectly, as well.

I can totally picture this. Bulldogs are notorious for sleeping (and snoring) and judging by the looks of them, they’d eat just about anything.

But, not my bulldog.


Lily will always graciously accept meat and cheese…fish, too. Consistently, will eat breads and pasta. Not-so-consistently, she will eat fruit and hardly ever will she eat a vegetable (though I do think she’d wolf down a french fry!). Just this week, she turned down blueberries, strawberries, a tortilla chip, peas, and a piece of celery. The girl is one picky eater. While not quite as extreme, Mr. Prevention has his moments, too.

Not-so-consistently will he eat quinoa for me. It’s not that he doesn’t like quinoa, but I think it just sounds too healthy. Or something. I’m not really sure. The night I whipped up these Cheesy Quinoa Cakes with Spicy Lemon Aioli, he opted for a frozen pizza.

His loss, let me tell ya!



Cheesy Quinoa Cakes with Spicy Lemon Aioli slightly adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon

Quinoa Cakes:
2 cups cooked quinoa
2/3 cup fontina cheese, grated
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

½ cup light mayonnaise
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp salt and pepper, to taste


Place quinoa, cheese, flour, onions, egg, pepper, salt, and 1 tablespoon oil into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.

Pour remaining 2 tablespoons oil into a large sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat heat. Form ¼ cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated sauté pan. Note: the cakes may be crumbly, but as they brown on one side, they will hold together. Cook quinoa cakes for about 5 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked.

Meanwhile, mix together the aioli  ingredients in a small bowl. Serve alongside the warm quinoa cakes.

Yield: 5 servings (2 quinoa cakes with aioli)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 336 calories; 21.2 g. fat; 59 mg. cholesterol; 468 mg. sodium; 28.0 g. carbohydrate; 2.4 g. fiber; 9.2 g. protein; 2.4 g. sugar

Result: Simple to make and a perfect recipe to use up leftover quinoa. I wasn’t sure these were going to hold together while making them, but as soon as one side browned, they held together just fine. The aioli really makes these…don’t forget it 😉


 Busy week with lots of hockey. As usual, the weekend went too fast 🙁

Be well,


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  1. Erica @ EricaDHouse.com
    February 18, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Pinning to make asap! I love quinoa and I’ve been in such a run with how to prepare it lately.

  2. The Candid RD
    February 18, 2013 / 7:45 am

    These sound awesome. They remind me of a quinoa cake I had to make for work one time. They look better on your blog though ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nick is the same way about quinoa, by the way. I think his thought is that it sounds way too healthy, but he WILL eat it…although he complains each time.

  3. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    February 18, 2013 / 10:24 am

    They look amazing, especially with the season of Lent!

  4. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    February 18, 2013 / 11:37 am

    Damn. I thought you were going to say Mr. Prevention loved these. I have a boy that I keep trying to feed quinoa to but he insists he doesn’t like it. I insist that he’s wrong. I will try and get him with these anyhow, and if he won’t eat them, more for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Biz
    February 18, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I actually watched that video last night – it was funny! Yep, our dog LOVED fruit, veggies? Not so much. His favorite was watermelon rinds, go figure!

    If I made those, my husband would eat something else too – men!

  6. Bree {Skinny Mommy}
    February 18, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I love this idea! I will definitely have to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    February 18, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    Cheesy quinoa? I’m all over it.

  8. Kristen @ swanky dietitian
    February 18, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    These look great!
    I love that these look so fancy too, but yet so simple!!

  9. Nina
    February 19, 2013 / 12:19 am

    These look amazing, but, 21 grams of fat in a recipe featured on Prevention RD? What is this recipe helping to prevent? Health?

    • Nicole, RD
      February 19, 2013 / 7:44 am

      1) I generally delete pointless, negative comments but since you’re off base…2) the most of fat in this recipe is from olive oil and less than 1/2 ounce of cheese per serving, 3) most adults need ~60 grams of fat per day (60 divided by 3…) and lastly, 4) most Americans don’t consume an excess of fat, but simply the wrong TYPES of fat.

  10. Jen G
    February 19, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    This looks great! Could it be made with bulgur too? Just wondering since I have an excess…Thanks!

    • Nicole, RD
      February 19, 2013 / 9:26 pm

      Jen: I think you could…but maybe add more cheese. The bulgur probably won’t hold together quite as well, but worth a shot!

  11. Erica
    February 20, 2013 / 8:28 am

    These look fantastic Nicole! Saving this recipe like I do for most of yours!

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  13. Joy
    February 21, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    I’m making these right now. I’ll tell you how they turn out.

  14. Joy
    February 22, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    These were delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  15. Brandi
    April 29, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    These were so good that my son and I were fighting over the last one! Yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. amanda
    June 21, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Oh I so want to make these tonight but I only have cheddar cheese on hand. Do you I could substitute?

    • Nicole, RD
      June 21, 2013 / 4:17 pm

      Absolutely ๐Ÿ™‚

      • amanda
        June 22, 2013 / 10:59 am

        I made them last night with cheddar and they were so delicious! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Gramma Di
    May 27, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    i made these quinoa patties with the sauce and! ……….. Wow they are soooo good! The only problem is that it says 5 serving……but my husband and I ate the entire thing for supper. I served it with a shredded carrot salad. Yummy! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      May 28, 2015 / 11:30 am

      Heheh…somewhat of a good problem, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you loved them!

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