Quinoa Cakes & Crispy Kale Salad II

The other night I made the best salad ever.


I was playing around with some baby food/adult food recipes and with a little inspiration from Raising Healthy Happy Babies I whipped up these quinoa-garbanzo bean cakes:


High in protein, loaded with veggies, mommy and baby approved!


Ella is turns 10 months old next week! I just started incorporating some new foods into her diet. Up until a month ago it was all fruits and veggies, mostly purees—now she is getting the hang of feeding herself {when she’s not busy throwing it on the floor}.

The fact that she only takes a bite or two; and also how I want her to share my food—not have “special baby/kid food” to eat—I am playing with things that we both can enjoy and be happy!


These mini cakes could be eaten many ways. For the baby, I just cut it up and offered her a few pieces at a time. Whatever doesn’t end up on the floor is game. For grown-ups I would suggest topping them off with some sweet pea puree, or avocado—wrap them up in some collard greens or in a mini bun. Or—you can do what I did:


Crumble it into a salad for some added protein.

These little patties had kale in them already, so I had a bunch of it on-hand. Making this{these} recipe{s} very economical!



Quinoa Veggie Cakes

this high protein recipe is gluten-free and vegan! they freeze really well!

yield: 12 {depending on the size}

inspired by: Your Green Baby

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1 1/4 cups quinoa

2 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight {or canned rinsed very well, I suggest Eden Brand which are BPA-free}

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated

4 medium carrots, chopped

2-3 leaves of kale, stems removed and leaves chopped

2 Tablespoons brown rice flour

1 Rapunzel brand vegetable bouillon cube

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

salt & pepper, to taste

optional: 1 clove garlic, minced {I didn’t add since I didn’t know how the baby would like it—but I think it would be a nice addition}


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.

Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Place them in your food processor or high speed blender and ground it. Remove from machine and set aside.

Combine water, quinoa, bouillon cube. carrots and sweet potato in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to simmer for 12 minutes. Add kale and cook for an additional 3 minutes. When you’re finished cooking take 3/4 of the quinoa/veggie mixture and add it to your food processor/blender and grind it up. Then combine the ground garbanzo beans, all of the quinoa {from blender and pot}, brown rice flour and spices in a bowl and form into patties. I used an ice cream scoop to evenly form the cakes.

Bake for 15-20 minutes on each side {30-40 minutes total} until they are golden on the outside and tender on the inside.


As I said above, Ella enjoyed some of this while I threw a couple into a salad…making a new and improved version of:




Crispy Kale Salad

recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc

serves: 1-3 {but really 1 very hungry momma}

© The Fitness Dish


half recipe for baked kale chips

half recipe for massaged kale salad {minus the tempeh and garbanzo beans}

recipe for massaged kale salad dressing –I used stevia instead of honey and it came out great!

2-3 mini quinoa cakes, crumbled

Divide a big bunch of kale in half. Separate the leaves from the stems and wash them and dry them in your salad spinner really well. Prepare each half from the recipes above. I made an entire batch of the dressing for the massaged kale salad and just stored it in the fridge {I only used about 1/4 of it on this salad}. Prepare massaged kale salad while kale chips are cooking. Add kale chips, half an avocado, crumbled quinoa cakes and desired amount of dressing. Enjoy!



I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks so much for the comments on my breastfeeding and weight loss post! I really hope my experience helped some new moms relax a bit! I know I wish I had!

Music/Training Questions:

Give me one or two of your favorite running/high bpm songs!?? Or  your favorite Pandora stations. I’m in need of entertainment as I continue my 5k training. Some of you know how much I loathe running {although this training hasn’t been bad!}

Also—do any of you teach or take a tabata bootcamp class?? I am going to start advertising for one in a few weeks—want to get some feedback on what you like, dislike as I design my class!

Talk Soon!

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  • Reply Jen

    I love kale and I love quinoa. This recipe sounds so easy and incredibly delicious! Thank you.

    February 24, 2012 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Nicole

    love this recipe Laury! Love that you are sharing your food with Ella and she’s enjoying it. I haven’t gone to a tabata class, but I’m excited to hear about yours!

    February 24, 2012 at 8:51 am
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    February 24, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Angie @ Losing It and Loving It

    Ohh those two recipes sound delicious! I have never cared for quinoa but I want to like it so maybe IN a recipe would work for me. Pinned it @angienewton

    Stopping by from FitFluential. Nice to meet you!

    February 24, 2012 at 11:05 am
    • Reply laury

      maybe once it’s blended you will like it with a different consistency?

      February 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Meg

    I have to let you know how much I love this recipe 🙂 will be making it soon!

    February 24, 2012 at 11:58 am
    • Reply laury

      let me know how you like it!

      February 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply allison

    Ella face is priceless in the first pic! Its like “mom stop taking pictures and let me eat in peace!”

    I’m definitely making these once i stock up on quinoa! I’ve been out for a few weeks and i can never get to the natural food store when its open:(

    February 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww thanks, I know she’s definitely thinking that–such a cutie 🙂

      February 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    That salad looks awesome! I’m gonna have to make that this weekend.

    Here’s a few songs on my current running playlist:

    Crazy Beautiful Life – Kesha
    Backseat – New Boyz
    White Flag – Far East Movement
    I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown

    I know they’re not new songs, but these are some of the songs that keep me moving when I run.

    I love tabata workouts and would totally take a class if there was one around here! I like plyometrics with the tabata timing myself. Best of luck with your class.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks for the song rec’s!! I love them!!

      February 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    Love that you want Ella to eat the same foods you do. I think one of the many reasons moms can’t get kids to eat their veggies is because the parents themselves don’t eat them!
    Monkey see, Monkey do! 🙂

    I’m not running anymore, but I always loved running to Katy Perry songs!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    • Reply laury

      So true!!!

      Katy Perry is on my Pandora list–love her!

      February 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I want a mini cake! And a kale salad!
    I haven’t taken any classes like that, but I’d love to show up to yours!
    Where are you gonna do it? At a gym?
    Several years ago, I did one outside—that was fun… you should do a virtual bootcamp along with it! I just saw something like that linked to on another site–the girl had people sign up for $25, and then sent them the workouts and stuff like that.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      At my condo gym most likely. I’m trying to get some classes together–very convenient being so close to home!!

      I like the virtual bootcamp idea!

      February 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Christine @ oatmeal bowl

    I think I just got a whole load of Kale in my CSA shipment. This is like a delicious yummy falafel salad w/ a twist. Can’t wait to try this!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      I should join a CSA–been wanting to, I don’t know what my problem is!

      February 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Toni

    Looks delicious!!! I am going to give it at try this week!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm
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  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you and Ella eat the same meals! So awesome 🙂

    February 25, 2012 at 11:41 am
  • Reply LizAshlee

    Great recipes!!

    February 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    yum!! full of all my favs

    February 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Shan

    These look great! Did you freeze the patties before or after you cooked them? I love healthy homemade finger food recipes for our babes! You should check out They have some great information and a blog with awesome recipes. I made the quinoa banana muffins the other day for my daughter (and I stole a few). The recipe called for maple syrup and I just subbed in apple sauce and used egg yolks only. Nutritious and tasty!

    February 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      I froze them after I cooked them (and they were fully cooled down of course)–I need to update this post, I forgot to mention that I brushed the tops with olive oil to prevent them from being dry.I was telling my sister in law tonight–and you have to coat the pan or else they will stick! Ella LOVES them! She’s been eating them for either lunch or dinner every day! She eats a whole one, which is crazy because she usually only takes like 4 bites of something!

      February 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply jen

    What a great bunch of posts i got to catch up on! what a fabulous feeling to fly through your closet and try everything on! i remember doing that too after losing some weight a few years ago. i cant wait to feel that again. im really struggling with my last 20 lbs, i keep going up and down and its beyond frustrating!! my poor husband is so wonderful when i get upset and look at my closet and tell him how so much doesnt fit! i think cooking in advance will help, ive gotten so lazy about my food prep since i got married, i just want to h ang out with him instead! i just wrote down this quinoa cake recipe and im going to cook them right now, and have the rest for the week! they look delicious!

    also, our honeymoon was so relaxing! we didnt really know the area we went to, and it turns out its a huge beach town, so unfortunately most of the town was shut down for winter, but we stayed in an AMAZING inn, and they gave us great tips on things to do and see.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Jen!!!

      Yes, food prep is really the key to success!

      I am so glad you had a nice relaxing honeymoon! Thanks for letting me know!! That stinks there wasn’t much to do but I bet it was nice just spending alone time unplugged with your husband!

      February 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    Ooh, the crispiness of the salad sounds so delish! I have to do a mad grocery shop and will have to put kale on the list.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Katharina

    Oh man! I really want to make these 😀 I’m visiting my parents in Florida right now and I think this is something we would all really enjoy. I bet it’s great with a tahini dressing. YUM!


    February 29, 2012 at 10:43 am
    • Reply laury

      That would be yummy!!!

      Hope you enjoy your time in Fl!! And yes–I still want that recipe 😉

      February 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm
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