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My Favorite Quinoa Recipe: Quinoa Falafel!

My Favorite Quinoa Recipe: Quinoa Falafel!


If there’s anything we can unequivocally say about Care2 Healthy Living readers, it’s that you love, love, love quinoa! In that spirit, I’m sharing my absolute favorite quinoa recipe. I like to eat them with a couple of cut-up veggies and tahini sauce on pita bread, but feel free to experiment (leave some ideas in the comments!) Enjoy!

Quinoa Falafel


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 30 oz. garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper to taste


1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small-medium saucepan. Add quinoa, reduce heat to low & cover. Cook for about 12 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed. Set aside and let cool.

2. Pulse carrots and parsley in a food processor. Add in green onion, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic cloves, eggs, cumin and coriander. If desired, season with salt and pepper. When the mixture is combined (it doesn’t have to be smooth — just mixed well) add in cooled quinoa and lightly pulse some more. Let it set in the fridge for about an hour.

3. Add about a tablespoon of oil to a nonstick pan and heat to medium-high. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons and shape into patties, rolling and flattening the mixture. Cook on each side for about three minutes, and lightly press down with a spatula to thin it out if need be. Continue with the remaining patties.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:36AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Great idea, but I´m single, so I´d have to eat from them for a week or so, hahahha!

2:17AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thank you for the share!

6:27PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Quinoa, who heard of it before presidential candidate Barack Obama?

6:55PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012


8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Looks tasty will give it a try, always love a variety of recipes!

8:39PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

I just learned how great Quinoa is for you and cant wait to try this recipe!

6:10PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012


10:58PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thank you for another way to use quinoa!

1:22AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I made this last night. I found the mixture was a bit wet so I'd suggest using less eggs, or adding chickpea flour in. They were still delicious (I baked mine in the oven rather) and had them with a tahini dressing (2 parts tahini, 2 parts water, 1 part lemon juice, garlic & parsley all whizzed up together). Yummy!

10:53PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Recipe sounds interesting, but non-stick coatings are toxic according to many articles. I'll use the good 'ol iron skillet.

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