Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer
For the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce: makes 1 cup
  • ½ cup of raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours
  • 1 tsp dried dill weeds
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1½ tsp horseradish
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup diced roasted red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • pinch sea salt
For the Cakes: Makes 24 cakes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal plus 6 tbsp warm water, set aside for five minutes until thickened
  • 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium garbanzo Beans
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo
  • ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh scallions or chives, thinly sliced for garnish
For the roasted red pepper sauce:
  1. Drain cashews; add to a food processor or blender with remaining ingredients. Puree until creamy and smooth. Serve either chilled on top of cakes or you can warm it on the stove.
For the cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. While quinoa is cooking, mix 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal with 6 tbsp warm water and set aside until thickened. Drain and rinse garbanzo beans with cold water. In a large mixing bowl, add garbanzo beans and mash with potato masher until chickpeas are no longer whole and blended. Add all remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
  3. Lightly spray a non-stick mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter into each muffin cup filling almost to top. Press down firmly with back of spoon and fingers. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Cool for five minutes. Run knife around edges and gently remove from pan.
  4. Place on a serving platter with some cashew sauce on top and garnish with chopped scallions or chives.
  5. These can be made a couple of hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in 350°F oven 6 to 8 minutes.
If you do not have a mini-muffin pan, you can line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spoon mixture onto parchment paper and form them into 1½ inch cakes. Take your time with these and make sure they are firm. The batter will seem very moist, but I assure you they will cook just fine.
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