Low in fat, the carbs in this gentle-burning Spicy Quinoa Fritters recipe will help you fuel up without spiking your blood sugar.
THM E Meals Can Be Tough (But Not This One!)
When you love the THM S meal in all its glorious forms, the E meal can be challenging! Discovering what E fuels work best with your body is key. I’ve found quinoa to be a gentler carb option for my body and here’s one of my favorite ways to eat it.
Keep the Fat Low, Mamas.
Boo. Hiss. Carbs are so much more yummy with all the fats.
But, when you want to keep your blood sugar stable that’s just not the way to go.
One day, I decided to give a recipe in my (original) Trim Healthy Mama book a try. I’m not sure why, it didn’t sound appealing to me at all. But, I needed an E meal and I had the ingredients so I figured I’d suffer through it.
You know, since I’m the one in charge of what I eat now, and not my childish tongue.
Oh sweet mercy, I just loved it! It was so good! It was filling and satisfying, too…even without those delicious fats that I love so much. And even better, it’s highly customizable…right up my alley!
Today I made a spicy version, but you can leave out the spice if you want something mild. Or top these zippy quinoa fritters with 0% Greek yogurt and stay in the E range. If you don’t like hot, spicy flavors you can add any of your favorite seasoning blends instead. I found eating them with fresh veggies like cucumbers and green peppers quite delightful.
Quinoa Fritters are a Great Source of Nutrition.
On days that I exercise, I try to have an E style breakfast. I have found that I just need that energy boost from the carbs. Rice and oatmeal are not my friends, and I basically don’t eat them anymore. But quinoa, now quinoa is my buddy. A nice, slow-burning carb source that is packed with (complete) protein and other important nutrients. I can eat that!
Ancient Harvest is one of my favorite brands, and they state on their website:
Quinoa is native to Bolivia and is a relative of Swiss chard, spinach and beets—bet you didn’t know that. What’s more, it’s comes in three varieties (whole grain white, red and black) and it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Just one cup contains 8g of protein, 5g of fiber, 15% DV iron, 30% DV magnesium, 19% DV folate and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
And, while it’s used as a grain it’s actually a seed! That makes quinoa a great option for those needing to be grain-free.
This recipe was inspired by Savory Skillet Quinoa in the Trim Healthy Mama book (read my review here). According to the recipe, this is one serving. I find it to be too generous of a serving, and even though quinoa is a great carb source with a lower glycemic index, for my body, that is too much at once. They are great cold, too, so I can snack on the other one later.
Let’s Make Some Spicy Quinoa Fritters!
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons My Favorite Creole Seasoning Blend (makes it pretty spicy)
- 1 teaspoon dried, minced onion
- ground black pepper, to taste
- high mineral salt, to taste
- tiny bit of butter or coconut oil to grease the pan OR use non-stick spray
In a bowl, whisk egg whites.
Add quinoa and seasonings and mix well.
Heat a skillet and add small amount of butter or use cooking spray.
When skillet is hot (water droplets sizzle in the pan), pour half the mixture into the pan and cook like a pancake, about 4 minutes.
Flip and cook through another 2 to 4 minutes.
Repeat with remaining mixture.
Serve with fresh veggies and fruits for a complete meal.
If you don't like spicy, feel free to leave out the Creole seasoning and substitute with desired seasonings such as garlic and onion powders, paprika, taco seasoning, etc.
Trim Healthy Mamas - This is an E meal option. Keep your added fats in the meal to E guidelines. We don't count the fat grams naturally present in the quinoa!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 607mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 3g Protein: 22g