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Quinoa With Mushrooms

Today’s recipe is for quinoa zucchini cakes. It’s only flaw is that the cakes are fried. This recipe works well for an appetizer, but for a main meal as well.

I’ve been trying to eat healthier for the past 2 years. That makes me consume a lot of super foods like quinoa, chia seeds and kale. Although I would like to share with you more recipes with these products, I feel that I still haven’t experimented enough. That’s why I promise to publish some more healthy recipes in the future. 

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Quinoa Zucchini Fritters
5 from 2 votes

Quinoa Zucchini Cakes (Fritters)

By Lyubomira L
Healthy Zucchini Cakes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 small zucchini peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • Sprinkle salt over grated zucchini. Place a mesh strainer over a bowl and add zucchini. Press and squeeze water from them. Let zucchini sit for 10 minutes, to allow water to drain.
  • To cook quinoa- in a pan combine 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and cover. Let it cook until all water is absorbed or for around 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl combine zucchini, quinoa, egg, thyme, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and garlic powder. Using a tablespoon scoop small amounts of mixture and shape them into patties.
  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Carefully add patties, leaving enough space between them and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden.


Calories: 273kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 148mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 310IU, Vitamin C: 17.6mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
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I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. When I saw your comment on my broccoli fritter recipe I had to come check out your zucchini fritters! Talk about showing me up!! This is so much fancier than the simple broccoli ones I did. And you’ve crammed in quinoa too. YUM YUM YUM!

    1. Thanks so much for checking my recipe back Nagi 🙂 I used to be a little obsessed with quinoa, but haven’t posted recipes with it lately 🙂

  2. Where does the parmesan come in? Just add it to the rest of the ingredients before cooking? Or am I just missing it?