Leftovers are awesome.
As a serial over-caterer, descended from a long line of proud over-caterers, leftovers are something I am both familiar and very comfortable with. And seeing as I’m pretty much useless around the house everywhere except for in the kitchen, being able to take scraps and build them into something worthy of being a meal in its own right makes me feel quite proud. I’m like the home handyman of food.
In today’s episode of look-in-the-fridge-and-hope-there’s-something-there I stumbled across some cooked rice, cooked quinoa, half a lemon and some wilting herbs. Refusing to let any of them go to waste I set myself a Masterchef-style mystery box challenge and these delicious nibbles are the result! Crunchy, zingy, gluten-free, vegan – they’re sort of like what would happen if a felafel mated with sushi. Felafelushi? No, not catchy enough… Sushelafel? Still not it… Herbed rice and quinoa balls it is.
Quinoa is a fantastic source of vegan protein and is high in fibre, magnesium and manganese, with small amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Parsley is one of the richest herbal sources of vitamin K, as well as containing anti-inflammatory compounds that have been found to help ease arthritis.
What they lack in catchy name they make up for in deliciousness, so cut me some slack. Try them as a light lunch, as pre-dinner nibbles or as a side dish to grilled meat and salad. I enjoyed them today crumbled up over my chicken salad.
And let me know if you have a better idea for a name!
Herbed Rice & Quinoa Balls (felafelushi)
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup fresh parsley
approx 1/2 cup sesame seeds, for coating
1) Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
2) Combine all ingredients (except sesame seeds) in a food processor. Blend until combined and sticky, but not so much it becomes a paste. You want the mixture to have some texture but hold together when you squeeze it in your hand.
3) Roll into walnut sized balls, then coat in sesame seeds.
4) Place on lined baking try and bake until sesame seeds are golden, about 18-20 minutes (but this will depend on your oven).
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