Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Middle Eastern Lamb & Quinoa Patties

"Most of us know it's important to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg every day, but what many of us don't know is that we should be eating more wholegrain to keep us healthy too. Nutritionists around the world encourage eating at least three servings of wholegrain a day. But despite the nutritional benefits, national surveys show that 95% of UK adults fail to reach three servings a day. In fact, on average, most of us don't even eat that in a week, and almost a third of us don't eat any at all. To help us inspire mums to get more nutritious wholegrain into their family's diet, take part in our wholegrain challenge & tell us what you think."

I am part of the Mumsnet challenge to introduce more wholegrain in my families diet, at first I thought this was only really possible by eating a shed load of cereal and wholemeal bread sandwiches. But I was quickly proved wrong when I glanced at their recipes booklet and look at their website.

I decided to try this recipe on my family , I though there's no way a fussy teen is going to eat that.. again I was proved wrong.

Middle Eastern Lamb & Quinoa Patties

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes



100g Quinoa

400g Lean minced Lamb
1 tbsp tomato paste
2tsp Harissa paste
25g toasted pine nuts
1tbsp rapeseed oil

To serve;

4 wholemeal pitta, toasted


1. Place the quinoa and 300ml cold water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes until the water has been adsorbed. Allow to cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, mix together the lamb, Harissa , tomato paste and pine nuts.

3. Stir in the quinoa and divide into 8,
mould into round pat tie shapes.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the patties for 8-1- minutes until cook throughout, turning occasionally.

5. Serve in toasties pitta with a little salad.

Disclosure I was provided with a £10 shopping gift card for the purposes of this challenge. All thoughts words and opinions are my own.

The recipe has been copied here with kind permission from Wholegrain Goodness.


  1. have never thought to use the quinoa on that way.....hmmm *brain ticks over* ...couscous is similar....thaks for the idea, they look good. Maybe haggis patties for tea tonight.....

  2. i have some quinoa in the cupboard and i have been wondering what to make. thank you for an idea x

  3. I have never used quinoa, looks good

  4. What a great idea! Sorry I'm popping over later than usual from #recipeoftheweek - Linky Tools went down! Thanks for linking up. I've Pinned and Tweeted this post and a fresh linky is open over on the blog x


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