This past weekend we had some extra quinoa in the fridge left over from another recipe where I made too much, lol, and decided to try making waffles with it. To my surprise, it worked out really well! The quinoa gets super crunchy, and while it is delicate, it sticks together well, as long as you don't rush the cooking. Be patient.
I also met the owner of Fun Sesame, Tal, at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles. She worked her booth with her daughter there, and they were kind enough to gift me some of their tahini to try. It is delicious, and I absolutely love supporting small businesses, especially women-owned ones.
Quinoa waffles w fried egg and herby tahini.
4 cups cooked quinoa
2 tbsp butter
8 oz lemon tahini, I used Fun Sesame brand
1 cup fresh mixed herbs, I used cilantro and chives but pretty much anything would work (basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, etc.)
a fresh squeeze of lemon or orange juice
S&P to taste
1 green onion, thinly sliced
cilantro for garnish
To make the quinoa waffles, turn on your waffle maker to medium-high or level 4 if you have the one I have. Add the butter to the cooked quinoa and microwave for 30 or seconds to melt. Stir to combine. Then spray the waffle maker and add one cup of quinoa to the waffle maker. Close and cook until the light changes and says it's done about 7 minutes. Then lower the heat and cook for another 3-5 minutes. These are very delicate and need to be cooked and slightly burnt to stay together. Very carefully remove it from the waffle maker. They will crisp up even more as they cool.
Add the tahini and herbs to a Vitamix or blender, turn on high until smooth. Add a little bit of fresh citrus juice to taste. Season with S&P if you think it needs it. You want this to easily slide of the back of a spoon so add more citrus juice if necessary so you can drizzle on top.
Fry up your eggs in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil until the whites are cooked, but the yolks are still runny.
Layer the waffle with an egg, and herby tahini sauce, and garnish with fresh herbs and green onions. Enjoy.