Quinoa Cakes with Spicy Tomato Kohlrabi Noodles
In my most early stages of creating plant based menu items, this was one of my first ideas that was initially created as a canape. Once known as the vegan alternative, now the star of the dish with added crunch and brightness.
Follow timing on MANNA package, this time varies by +/- 3 minutes depending on the level of your simmer and how cold your fridge is. You want to ensure that the internal temperature reaches about 165°F/74°C, piping hot. Serve desired amount by plating quinoa cakes on the bottom and topping the kohlrabi noodles in the centre mimicing a warm salad allowing the sauce to pool into the quinoa cakes. Top with tofu feta.
This dish is rich in fibre, vitamins (A, B complex, C, D, K), calcium, and iron. Using kohlrabi (a form of cabbage) in this recipe adds a phytochemical powerhouse that may help with fending off cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol while improving liver and kidney function.
Fibre: Fibre dense quinoa, kohlrabi, and tomatoes feed friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. helping to maintain larger populations.
Vitamin A: Providing over 130% of the minimum daily requirement for Vitamin A, this dish supports the immune and inflammatory functions throughout the digestive tract.
Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins are building blocks for a healthy body and help turn other nutrients into energy and maintain a healthy metabolism. Kohlrabi and mushrooms are rich in B vitamins.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps prevent damage to cells and helps absorb iron in the intestine. Bell peppers, kohlrabi, tomatoes, and parsley are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin D: Mushrooms are the only non-animal food source that naturally contains Vitamin D. Obtaining daily minimum requirements from a restricted diet can be difficult. Consult with your healthcare provider for help in determining vitamin D needs.
Vitamin K: Key to helping regulate the body’s inflammatory process, this dish provides over 150% of the minimum daily requirement. Arugula is high in vitamin K.
Calcium: An important mineral in human metabolism. Sources of calcium in this recipe include kohlrabi, parsley, and basil.
Iron: Eating foods rich in iron such as quinoa, parsley, and pumpkin seeds will help support transportation of vital oxygen throughout the body.
*Daily nutritional values are obtained from the Canada Food Guide and are based on three primary daily meals with intermittent snacking.