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Sweet & Savory Quinoa Cakes

Sweet & Savory Quinoa Cakes
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The following recipe was created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

If you’re craving a burger but looking to cut back on your meat intake, add these sweet and savory quinoa cakes to your menu!

Sweet and Savory Quinoa Cakes

Just as hearty as a traditional beef patty, these meatless cakes are made from only quinoa, sweet potatoes and simple spices that are likely already lying around your kitchen, making this recipe a perfect healthy weeknight dinner.

To keep with the healthy trend, I swapped a burger’s traditional French fry side kick for an light and fresh Mediterranean salad complete with Heinen’s Southwestern Hummus.

Sweet & Savory Quinoa Cakes

Sweet & Savory Quinoa Cakes


For the Quinoa Cakes

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. Two Brothers all purpose seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cubed

For the Mediterranean Salad

  • 1/3 cup Heinen’s Southwestern Hummus
  • 15-20 mozzarella pearls
  • 1 farm house tomato or baby tomatoes
  • ½ seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. basil
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add water, quinoa and spices/ seasonings to a deep skillet. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Remove the lid and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, place the sweet potato cubes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spray with Heinen’s olive oil spray and bake in a 400˚F oven for 20 minutes.
  3. When the quinoa is done and the sweet potatoes are cooked, add the sweet potatoes to the quinoa.
  4. Form the quinoa and sweet potato mixture into palm-size patties.
  5. Once the patties are formed, add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil into a skillet and cook the patties over high heat until the quinoa starts to form a golden crispy crust. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown, approximately 5-6 minutes per side.
  6. While the quinoa cakes are cooking, dice the cucumber and tomato and chop the basil. Toss together with mozzarella pearls, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the 1/3 cup of Heinen’s Southwestern hummus across the side of a plate and spoon the Mediterranean salad over top.
  8. Top with the quinoa cakes and enjoy!

Note: You can also serve these quinoa cakes on a pita with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki sauce for a Greek-style wrap.

Sweet and Savory Quinoa Cakes with Mediterranean Salad

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Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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  1. I love food and keeping healthy meals simple today is a timesaver. My family raised me to love homemade foods. These foods are the things I remember growing up. Such fun times. Pies, soups, homegrown vegetables, dill pickles in a crock, cakes, kidney stew, pigs feet, even duck soup, hot peppers were washed in the tub and canned too. Till this day I eat healthy and cook some of the same recipes. I saw baby chicks grow up in a heated pen. We took our two dogs Laddie and Mitzi for long walks in the woods without a leash. I remember picking delicious apples that were crispy and tasty. Thank you Heinen’s for the quinoa recipe.

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