I am not complaining because I know the busy-ness of my life is all the result of choices I have made, and I have no regrets. I just find it challenging to nurture my creativity when we're existing in survival mode around here. Perhaps you've felt the same way.
One way I have been "playing" is with food. I'll be the first to admit that cooking is not one of my fortes. In fact, I usually leave the heavy-duty cooking up to the Wise And Bearded One who is more gifted in this area. But his recent super-long hours means he's been cooking less, and, hey, we've still gotta eat. So that means I've gotta cook.
Here's a recent favorite of mine (discovered on Pinterest, of course): Quinoa Cakes. And, I realize you can't even see the quinoa cake in this picture because it's so covered up by all the other stuff, but believe me, it's in there and it's DEEElicious.
I've been trying to shift my family over to healthy whole grains for a while and quinoa is one we all seem to like. The original recipe is from Annie 's Eats and I have only modified it slightly based on the ingredients we are most likely to have around the house.
Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs
- 2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- ½ tsp. coarse salt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
- Olive oil, for frying patties
- (for serving) 6 poached eggs (one for each patty)
- (for serving) Salt and pepper
- In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, eggs, salt, onion, Parmesan, and garlic. Stir to blend. Mix in the
bread crumbs and stir gently until evenly incorporated. Form the
mixture into six evenly sized patties, about 3-4 inches in diameter.
- Heat a bit of olive oil in a large sauté pan set
over medium-high heat and swirl to coat. Add the patties to the pan so
that they are not touching. Let cook about 4 minutes or until the first
side is lightly browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and
let the second side cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes more.
Repeat with the remaining patties, using additional olive oil if
needed. Top each patty with a poached egg*,
and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over a bed of spinach or other leafy greens**.
**The Wise and Bearded One got home from work just as I was finishing up this dish, and he had the brilliant idea of crisping up a bit of pancetta in a frying pan and using it to garnish the dish. Oh, bacon, you always make everything better!
So,hard-working blog-reading friends, here's to finding a place for creativity even when you're existing in survival mode!