There’s a special sort of mental “what the fuck”-ery that comes with undergoing a seriously transformative healthy lifestyle change. Occasionally, you’ll have these moments where you just don’t recognize yourself, your habits or your food!

Case in point: these crispy lentil and quinoa patties.

I never thought I’d see the day that I would give lentils a chance. Especially not mixed with quinoa. Yet here we are! And I can tell you, it’s not so fucking bad!

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Quinoa and Lentils: A Love (and hate!) Story

Actually let’s rewind- these two ingredients (lentils and quinoa) are really great examples of a food that I wanted to like, but didn’t for the longest time. I remember trying quinoa for the first time and then throwing that business straight in the trash. Same with lentils. The first time I tried them I made a taco beef substitute, took one bite aaaanndd no.

Just stop, lentils.

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Now, my first mistake was trying to eat for the tastes that I hadn’t developed yet. I wasn’t yet at the point where I liked these things, so forcing myself to eat them was going to suck. This was going to set me up for failure, big time!

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My second mistake was abandoning ship at a single bad experience. I totally eat quinoa all the time now, and lentils are on the fast track to favorites-ville, but this is because I’ve been experimenting with new and better ways to prepare them.

Recipe Time! Quinoa and Lentil Pattiest

Super easy Lentil and Quinoa Red Hot crispy Patties! A smoking hot and spicy recipe to satisfy that craving for pub food, except healthy and in the comfort of your own home. This recipe is freezer friendly, and crazy versatile. Try it tonight! #vegetarian #meatless #cleaneating #protein

When I made this recipe, I was totally in the mood for some pub style food. I’m talking saucy, spicy, crispy and just all round flavor explosive-ness. I almost ran out and grabbed some frozen Buffalo chicken strips but boy am I glad I didn’t. These were actually crazy easy to make, because I already had some quinoa and lentils cooked up and ready to go in the fridge. So a good tip to make your life easier- have this stuff precooked! If you are going to have these on your meal plan, make sure to prep them first.

I actually had wanted to use buffalo sauce but full disclosure, I totally grabbed the wrong bottle! However they turned out so yummy that I didn’t even notice. I guess hot sauce is hot sauce!

These lentil and quinoa patties turned out to cook perfectly without oil by using some Parchment Paper

. Additionally, they are totally freezer friendly and reheated nicely after frozen. I froze them with no sauce and ended up having them again in a stir fry bowl with a coconut amino* sauce.

Super easy Lentil and Quinoa Red Hot crispy Patties! A smoking hot and spicy recipe to satisfy that craving for pub food, except healthy and in the comfort of your own home. This recipe is freezer friendly, and crazy versatile. Try it tonight! #vegetarian #meatless #cleaneating #protein

If you try these let me know what you think in the comments! Also if you make some variations, I want to hear all about it!

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13 Comments

  1. 101foodtravel September 21, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Oh my gosh those looks delicious. I love both of the ingredients. Very healthy, definitely trying this.

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    1. MandiEm October 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Let us know how it goes!

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  2. sugarlovespices September 29, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I love quinoa, and especially lentils, so I might really love these patties! They look great and so yummy!

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  3. thefoodblognet September 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

    These sound so simple, but delicious and I love the spice!

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    1. MandiEm October 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Gotta have spice!

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  4. Denise from Urb'n'Spice September 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I am going to try these for my next Meatless Monday menu. Awesome idea, Mandi!

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    1. MandiEm October 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Thanks so Much! Let us know how it goes šŸ™‚

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  5. Cathy September 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Isn’t it great how sometimes the best recipes come about by accident! What a great way to eat quinoa and lentils!

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    1. MandiEm October 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Absolutely! Thank You:)

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  6. Nicole | Culinary Cool October 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Lentils and quinoa are pantry staples around here and go in everything from cookies to meatloaf. Iā€™m loving the idea of crispy patties and Iā€™m already dreaming up ways to use them for lunches! Great post and lovely idea!!

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    1. MandiEm October 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks so much! I’m a sucker for crispy food

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  7. Amy November 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I just had some lentils today! Still not on the quinoa train. Great tips in here.

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