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Coconut-Crusted Quinoa Burgers Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Special equipment needed:
- Food processor
- Large mixing bowl
- Non-stick skillet

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a food processor, pulse together cooked quinoa, shredded coconut, breadcrumbs, cilantro, red onion, and red bell pepper until well combined.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
3. Add the quinoa mixture to the bowl with the egg mixture and stir until well combined.
4. Form the mixture into 4-6 patties, depending on desired size.
5. Heat coconut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
6. Once the oil is hot, add the patties to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
7. Serve hot with desired toppings.


Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Temperature:
Medium heat
Serving size:
4-6 patties

Nutritional information:
Calories: 250
Fat: 15g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 7g
Fiber: 4g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of quinoa, you can use cooked brown rice or cooked lentils.
- Instead of shredded coconut, you can use almond flour or panko breadcrumbs.
- Instead of cilantro, you can use parsley or basil.
- Instead of red onion, you can use white onion or shallots.
- Instead of red bell pepper, you can use green bell pepper or jalapeno pepper.
- Instead of soy sauce, you can use tamari or coconut aminos.
- Instead of coconut oil, you can use olive oil or avocado oil.

Variations:
- Add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the quinoa mixture for a cheesy flavor.
- Add 1/4 cup of chopped nuts, such as almonds or cashews, to the quinoa mixture for added crunch.
- Serve the burgers on a bed of greens, such as arugula or spinach, for a lighter meal.
- Top the burgers with sliced avocado or guacamole for added creaminess.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the quinoa is well-cooked and cooled before adding it to the food processor.
- If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs or almond flour.
- If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon of water or olive oil.
- To make the patties ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.
- To freeze the patties, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months.

Storage instructions:
Store the cooked patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the patties, place them in a non-stick skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the burgers on a plate with a side of sweet potato fries or roasted vegetables.

Garnishes:
Top the burgers with sliced tomatoes, red onion, and avocado for added flavor and color.

Pairings:
Pair the burgers with a cold beer or a glass of white wine.

Suggested side dishes:
- Sweet potato fries
- Roasted vegetables
- Quinoa salad
- Coleslaw

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the patties are falling apart, add more breadcrumbs or almond flour to the mixture.
- If the patties are too dry, add a tablespoon of water or olive oil to the mixture.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the quinoa is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure it is safe to eat.
- Store the cooked patties in the refrigerator at 40°F or below to prevent bacterial growth.

Food history:
Quinoa is a grain that originated in the Andean region of South America. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and was considered a sacred crop by the Incas.

Flavor profiles:
The coconut crust adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the quinoa burgers, while the cilantro, red onion, and red bell pepper add a fresh and savory flavor.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the burgers on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments, such as ketchup or mustard.

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Taste: Savory, Nutty, Coconutty, Crispy, Earthy