Cheesy Bacon Quinoa Fritters

A simple dinner that combines the protein-rich nutrients of quinoa with the delicious smoky flavour of bacon.

Serves 4 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

2 tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
6 strips Ontario thick cut bacon, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) cooked quinoa
2/3 cup (150 mL) finely shredded Mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp (45 mL) all purpose flour
2 tbsp (30 mL) minced red onion
1 egg, lightly beaten

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil and bacon. Cook until bacon is almost crisp, 8 minutes. Save bacon fat. Transfer to paper towel to drain.

In a mixing bowl combine bacon, quinoa, cheese, flour, red onion and egg. Shape into 8 evenly sides cakes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm.

To cook, remove all but 2 tbsp (30 mL) bacon fat from the skillet. Cook fritters in batches until golden on both sides, 4 minutes per side. Serve warm alongside a green salad.

Quinoa Cooking 101:
1. Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water for 2 minutes.
2. Stir quinoa into 2 cups boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until water has absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Per Serving: Calories 278, Fat 15g, Cholesterol 35.2mg, Sodium 564mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Fibre 1.7g, Sugar 1g, Protein 16g.
One serving contains 18% of the %DV of Calcium.
One serving contains 11% of the %DV of Iron.