I love the potato quinoa pancake recipe from Vegetarian Ireland. And I wondered if I couldn't add lots more food value to them and make them great toddler finger food if I added some spinach that I stocked up on when it was on sale at Aldi. So I did.
Honestly, this could be a horribly time-consuming project if you didn't already have mashed potatoes made from a previous activity. (I had boiled extra potatoes when I made the potato cauliflower dumplings.) And I already needed quinoa for the big group meal I was cooking for. So, the combo of cooking in advance really helped. Secondly, the largest pan/skillet you have is the best for this project. Mine is a good deal larger than the eye of the fire. But it worked like a charm for the large volume.
While I'd like for this recipe to easier, I just don't see any other way to do so. If you have ideas, please share.
Cost to Make Pancakes
- $0.25 Onion (Aldi)
- $0.02 Garlic (Aldi)
- $0.90 Potatoes (Publix)
- $0.75 Spinach (Aldi)
- Free Salt
- Free Italian Seasoning (Gift)
- $0.01 Paprika (Publix)
- Free Cottage Cheese (Mom brought it over)
- $1.00 Organic Quinoa (Costco)
- $0.28 Eggs (Publix)
- $3.21 Total
Spinach Potato Quinoa Pancakes
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 4 cups tight-packed spinach (Cut the pile in half if it's not baby spinach.)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese (optional)
- 2 cups quinoa
- 2 eggs, beaten
Saute onions in a touch of olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and other seasonings, Add spinach and cook down. Stir in potatoes and quinoa, lastly cottage cheese and eggs.
Heat a griddle to 350 degrees. Use two soup spoons or whatever devices you prefer to spoon mixture onto griddle and shape into patties. Mine were about two inches in diameter.
Makes 28 patties.