Cajun Quinoa Cakes + Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Rémoulade

Quinoa Cakes

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup flour of choice + more as needed (I used GF oat flour)
  • 1/2 red onion or 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • himalayan salt & freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil for the skillet

Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Rémoulade

  • 2/3 cups cashews* (preferably soaked for 2 -3 hours)
  • 1/3 cup water + more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, + more to taste OR 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 heaping tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • dash or two onion powder
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

In small pot over medium high heat, add broth/water and quinoa, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Once done, remove cover, fluff with fork and let set for another 15 minutes to cool and absorb remaining water.

While the quinoa is cooling, start your flax egg by mixing the ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl and set aside to thicken.

Prepare the rémoulade by placing all the ingredients in a blender/food processor, except the dill, and blend until smooth (the magic bullet is a perfect tool for this job). If your mixture is too wet add a few cashews and blend again…if too thick add 1 tablespoon water at time until desired consistency. Stir in the dill by hand. Taste for seasoning adding more of whatever you like. Cover and keep at room temp or place in the refrigerator until ready to use (I served mine at room temp). This can also be made a couple days in advance and kept in the refrigerator (will stay fresh for up to a five or six days).

On to the quinoa cakes, in a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, flax gel, flour, onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Mixture should be moist enough to stick together. Add additional flour or water, 1 -2 tablespoons at time if needed to adjust consistency. Taste for seasoning. Form into approx. 8 patties about 1/2 inch thick. (Patties can be made a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a large cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan/griddle over medium heat heat 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the patties and cook, until nicely browned on each side, about 4-5 minutes per side.

Keep finished quinoa cakes on a baking sheet in the preheated oven until all cakes are cooked. Serve the quinoa cakes with a nice dollop of rémoulade and pair with a steamed vegetable of choice. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Feel free to use vegan mayo instead of cashews for this rémoulade. When making the rémoulade, replace the cashews and water with 1/2 – 3/4 cup vegan mayo. Mince your garlic and make sure zest of lemon is finely grated or minced. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix by hand.

The quinoa cakes can also be baked in the oven until golden brown and heated through on a lightly greased baking sheet at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping once after the first 15 minutes

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