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Spinach & Quinoa Patties in a bowl

You might have heard this little tip before but we really encourage you to try it. It will make it so much easier to eat well throughout the week, also when you have no time to spare. Always, always cook twice as much quinoa, millet, buckwheat, beans and lentils as you need for a recipe and store the leftovers in separate containers in the fridge. We can guarantee that they will prove themselves useful throughout the week. You will quickly realise how helpful it is to always have something readily available to add in salads, as a side to a stew or on top of soups. And if you run out of ideas, you can always make patties. We make these Spinach & Quinoa Patties quite often, using leftover vegetables from the fridge together with some seeds or grains. They are great in a burger bun, but most of the time we add them to a bowl like the one above. These bowls full of vegetables, beans or lentils, grains or seeds and some kind of fruit are very typical in our house. They are quick to make, easy to vary according to season (just like Sarah B does) and always delicious.

We also created this video for our youtube channel to show you how it looks when we make these patties. Hopefully you will find it helpful. If you look closely towards the end of the clip, you can see that Luise still was pregnant when we recorded it. In fact, it was only days before she gave birth to baby Isac.


Spinach & Quinoa Patties
makes 10-12 patties

1 cup / 200 g uncooked quinoa OR 2 ½ cups pre-cooked quinoa, (black, white or red)
¾ cup / 3 oz / 80 g rolled oats
4 eggs
7 oz / 200 g sheep’s feta cheese
100 g / 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
sea salt & pepper
coconut oil, butter, olive oil or ghee for frying

To serve:
red cabbage
winter apple

soft boiled egg
cooked white beans
sprouts or micro greens

Cook the quinoa: Place 2 cups / 500 ml water, rinsed quinoa and a pinch of salt in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a bare simmer and gently cook for about 15minutes, or until you see small tails on the quinoa seeds. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, place cooked quinoa, oats, eggs, feta cheese, chopped spinach, salt and pepper and combine until all is mixed. Place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
Take out the mixture and form 10 to 12 patties with your hands. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the patties and fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, soft boiled eggs, beans and sprouts or micro greens. The patties keep for 3-5 days in the fridge and freezes well.


PS! Exciting news! You can now pick up our Yoga Pot as a to-go box in any of the four Urban Deli stores in Stockholm. We have worked together with their chefs to make it taste perfectly and it truly turned out good. If you don’t know our Yoga Pot already, it’s a flavorful red lentil and vegetable stew served with whole grain rice, some yogurt and two fresh dates on the side. So now you know where to go if you are in Stockholm and feel like eating a GKS meal at home but don’t want to cook it yourself. Yay!


  1. Emily
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 02:51 | #

    What a gorgeous bowl and lovely video! Will definitely be trying these patties. Thank you!

  2. Ann
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 07:25 | #

    I really love your recipes and I’m always very excited if you post a new one. I just wanted to ask if it was possible to add the weight units in grams etc?
    That would be just great!

    • Jo
      Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 09:18 | #

      Hi Ann

      The weights are already there in grams – I’ve just been busy making the turmeric muffins (but experimenting with the addition of sweet potato)and have been happily using my scales. I’ve never really got the hang of cups, even after living in New Zealand for nearly 10 years!

  3. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 09:52 | #

    This patties are so easy to realize but seem delicious :)
    Ps : I love your kitchen and these bowls!

  4. misha
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:18 | #

    Hello! these look amazing! is there a vegan alternative (for the egg / cheese)?
    many thanks!

    • Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:51 | #

      Hi Misha,
      I would probably add some tofu instead of feta cheese (you might want to add some extra salt with the tofu).
      And chia or flax seeds soaked in water, instead of the eggs.
      If you are having trouble getting them to hold together you can make the patties smaller, it usually makes them easier to flip.
      Good luck!

      • Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 16:54 | #

        One Tablespoon flax seeds, and then grind them
        Add to three tablespoons of water and let sit for about fifteen minutes.
        This is equivalent to one egg.

        Use firm or hard tofu to replace feta cheese. For the tart flavor found in feta cheese, use just a bit of apple cider vinegar or a bit of lime juice.

    • Tess
      Posted 22 Aug ’18 at 12:55 | #

      I veganised these and they held together well and were flavoursome with the following egg + cheese replacement combo:
      I used the aquafaba from one can chickpeas and mixed in some ground flax (about 3-4 tbsp). Then for the creamy saltiness of the cheese, I added into the aquafaba-flax mix some natural coconut yoghurt, dijon mustard, white miso and a squeeze of lemon. I was trying for the umami salty creamy binding mix that eggs and cheese would bring and I think it worked out pretty well (if I might humbly say so)!

  5. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:34 | #

    I alays love the days when I receive your mails. Your recipes are always go great looking! These patties look delicious, thanks for this beautiful recipe!

  6. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:39 | #

    Delicious! And I wish I lived in Stockholm so that I could take advantage of the readily made yoga pot. I wish we had that here in the states for days I don’t have time to cook!

  7. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:44 | #

    Looks great, definitely must try them. Must say I love your recipes. My number 1 favorite is your liquorice truffles – to die for.

  8. Sandy
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 14:30 | #

    Will try these for sure!
    If I freeze some of the patties do I cook them first?

    • Christina
      Posted 13 Jul ’15 at 11:12 | #

      I got the same question: For freezing, do I cook the patties first or not?

    • Linseigh
      Posted 2 Sep ’16 at 23:45 | #

      This is way after you both commented, but do you remember how long they keep in the freezer?

  9. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 15:35 | #

    What a fantastic idea to sell your Yoga Pot as to-go item! Wow, nice work guys. And these quinoa patties, especially in the bowl with the other goodies, look nothing less than delightful.

  10. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 15:42 | #

    your family is so cute))

  11. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 15:48 | #

    I am so, so, SO happy for you! Having your food packaged and sold- that’s huge. The video was wonderful (per usual!).

  12. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 15:56 | #

    Well these just look perfect. Love the video too!

  13. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 16:07 | #

    Good advice. I couldn’t get through the week without my stash of quinoa and beans which I put in everything. I can’t wait to try these patties!

  14. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 16:48 | #

    Wow, congratulations! Bloggers are doing so many cool things these days.
    I love the yoga pot, and I love the look of these quinoa patties, too :) You folks sure know how to construct a beautiful bowl.

  15. Payal
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 16:49 | #

    Can I sub parmesan cheese for the feta? Is the cheese supposed to act as a binder?

  16. Mich
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 16:54 | #

    Love your blog and your books ! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes. Would it be possible to substitute something for the oats in this recipe ?

  17. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 16:55 | #

    I love recipes that you can just use up whatever you had leftover in your fridge! The texture from the uncooked quinoa is absolutely stunning in these patties!

  18. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 18:20 | #

    this is very colorful dish and very healthy also. i m going to try this.

  19. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 18:56 | #

    I so agree and I always cook more :D I love the recipe and the video <3

  20. Iris
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 19:03 | #

    Looks delicious! As I can’t eat cheese, what would be a good ingredient to replace it with?

    • Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 19:33 | #

      Hi Iris, I often replace cheese with tofu. I’m thinking that tahini might interesting to try in this recipe as well.
      We have a lot of vegan readers so hopefully you can get some more answers from them?
      Good luck!

  21. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 19:30 | #

    Your patties are so perfect! I am just shooting for mine to taste yummy…here goes nothing. Happy Nesting.

  22. Lisa
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 19:37 | #

    These look delicious! I just wonder – the patties in the photos have something orange that looks like maybe carrot, or sweet potato…what is that??

    • Crystal
      Posted 31 Dec ’14 at 02:02 | #

      The orange is the fried feta cheese

  23. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 21:08 | #

    This looks amazing! I love how easy the patties seem. I can definitely foresee myself making them on a regular basis!

  24. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 21:13 | #

    Looks delicious and I loved the video!

  25. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 22:26 | #

    Love this, as always! Feta and spinach have that mediterranean flair together :) Your videos are such a pleasure to watch. And it’s so cool that your yoga bowl made it to the shelves of UD! I wonder if there’ll be more from you?

  26. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 23:37 | #

    I always cook more and patties are the first option for a quick meal. Your video is so nice, and I’m totally in love with your bowls!

  27. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 23:41 | #

    These look incredible- and the bowl together is my favorite kind of meal. I have to admit, your’s looks prettier than mine usually turn out!

    I’d love to be able to buy GKS food as take out! Can you pitch it to a restaurant here in Kuala Lumpur??

  28. Mareike
    Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 23:56 | #

    They look amazing! I am definitely going to try them! How long can you keep precooked quinoa, beans, lentils etc. in the fridge?

  29. Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 01:42 | #

    We tried similar patties with less eggs the other day but it was hard to make them hold together without keeping them small. Will try yours to see the difference. Bon appétit!

  30. Janna
    Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 03:06 | #

    Cant wait to make them! Would it still work if we bake instead of fry?

  31. Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 14:46 | #

    This looks great! I love the different textures and colours you’ve got going on there.
    Congratulations o your collaboration with UrbanDeli.

  32. Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 17:25 | #

    I love quinoa patties and make them every now and then. They’re so versatile and packed with flavor! I can see me making these for lunch or dinner next week. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your wonderful video!

  33. Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 17:50 | #

    Such pretty little patties! These look great!

  34. Emily
    Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 19:03 | #

    So delish! Made last night and brought to work for lunch today with roasted eggplant and carrots. Have you tried the recipe with pumpkin puree or sweet potato instead of spinach? I think I will try that next.

  35. Dominika
    Posted 21 Nov ’14 at 19:36 | #

    Just made these and they are delicious :-) amazing!!!

  36. Posted 22 Nov ’14 at 00:33 | #

    How beautiful! I can’t resist a gorgeous, colorful meal in a bowl.

  37. Posted 23 Nov ’14 at 10:53 | #

    This patties look incredible, I wish I could eat cheese! Is there a way to substitute the feta?
    Also congratulations on the yoga pot! Well deserved! L x

  38. Posted 23 Nov ’14 at 17:24 | #

    Hi guys! Would it work to replace the oats by quinoa flakes you think?

  39. Posted 24 Nov ’14 at 00:43 | #

    What a fab idea, they look great. I will be making theese this week! Xx

  40. Posted 24 Nov ’14 at 03:51 | #

    Yum looks so delicious. When do you start selling these ready made treats overseas? It’s so hard to find healthy tasty food in the Philippines!

  41. veggiegourmande
    Posted 24 Nov ’14 at 19:08 | #

    Hi, I love your blog and tried the patties but it is a real mess, they don’t hold together at all! How do you do it to make them hold together ? I followed the exact recipe but couldn’t cook them as patties. Hope you will help me and continue your fantastic inspiring job.

  42. Posted 24 Nov ’14 at 19:19 | #

    these are so interesting and so creative! the colors are spectacular and the combination of flavors seem like they would be perfect together! thank you so much for sharing!!

  43. Sylvie
    Posted 24 Nov ’14 at 20:06 | #

    This recipe looks terrific. I’m allergic to oats, as many gluten-allergic people are (even gluten-free oats). Could you recommend a substitute? Perhaps cooked rice? Thank you!!

  44. Posted 25 Nov ’14 at 10:15 | #

    Looks so delicious! We tried to make them yesterday – we substituted half of the spinach with 2 portobello mushrooms we had in the fridge and they turned out absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing :-)
    Best Camilla

  45. Posted 26 Nov ’14 at 00:58 | #

    This looks SO good! I am always looking for new recipes to try and healthier substitutes for my family. Thank you!!

  46. Sarah
    Posted 26 Nov ’14 at 02:24 | #

    Can I substitute frozen spinach for the fresh spinach? It’s difficult for me to find fresh spinach during the fall/winter…

  47. Posted 26 Nov ’14 at 22:34 | #

    I just want to let you know that I mentioned your blog as my most favorite food blog!

    You can read my ‘interview’ on my blog: http://greatbodyskin.com/personal-update-25-food-questions-tag/

  48. Posted 28 Nov ’14 at 01:12 | #

    oooo I love the look of this recipe! so fresh :) also love the idea of cooking quinoa and beans in large batches. How long do they last in the fridge?

  49. Posted 28 Nov ’14 at 01:12 | #

    Ps. Also loving your youtube channel!

  50. Posted 29 Nov ’14 at 17:10 | #

    Dear David and Luise,
    I love Your blog. I have just started a blog about gardening and wrote about you there. Hope its okay. If not, please say so. I Write in norwegian. You can check it out here: http://www.kjerstitur.blogspot.no/2014/11/inspirasjon-green-kitchen-stories.html

  51. Posted 30 Nov ’14 at 05:59 | #

    Looks like quite the handy treat for lunch time … I’ll have to make some for lunch this week!

  52. Alex
    Posted 30 Nov ’14 at 19:18 | #

    Mine fell apart – would anyone have any tips? Thank you!

    • Crystal
      Posted 31 Dec ’14 at 02:00 | #

      Mine did too. I’m guessing mine was because my quinoa wasn’t completely cooled. I still fried them in coconut oil and they came out great, just not pretty patties like hers — more like odd shaped pancakes… Will definitely try this again.

  53. Mara
    Posted 30 Nov ’14 at 21:17 | #

    I made the patties and the bowl for myself and my one-year-old today and we both loved it. She had never had Quinoa before, but ate two whole patties, made a huge mess and was very happy with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Marta
    Posted 4 Dec ’14 at 01:20 | #

    Made for my husband and two girls and everyone loved it. It was enough for two meals and on the second batch I added one spoon of homemade pesto – it is a wonderful combination that I wanted to share with you. Congratulations, you are such an inspiration.

  55. Angelo
    Posted 4 Dec ’14 at 16:47 | #

    This looks amazing!

  56. Posted 7 Dec ’14 at 11:59 | #

    Wow thank you so much for sharing these! The video is beautiful and I can’t wait to make them :) X

  57. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 02:39 | #

    I just made these for dinner and they were so delicious. I had some fresh corn that I cooked earlier. I added them in and it ended up being so so yummy! Delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Karuna
    Posted 30 Dec ’14 at 11:20 | #

    These look amazing! I’m going to make them for a NY day party. If I make them in advance, what would be the best way to reheat them? Re-fry or oven? Thanks!

  59. Nikita
    Posted 9 Jan ’15 at 02:25 | #

    Hi I was wondering if there was any way to cook these in the oven instead of in the skillet?

  60. Heather
    Posted 27 Jan ’15 at 22:12 | #

    These were really good, thank you for the inspiration…lovely to have such a fresh supper in the depths of winter! If only our 2 year old would embrace them like your little Elsa! x

  61. Posted 14 Feb ’15 at 19:08 | #

    these look delicious and a great, inventive way of using quinoa. I shall definitely be giving them a go! Katie x

  62. Camilla
    Posted 20 Feb ’15 at 20:30 | #


    Love these Spinach and quinoa patties, but why does they not stick together? My does always falls appart…I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. Is the measures really right?

    Big huges

  63. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 22:15 | #

    Yet another fantastic post!

  64. Daniella
    Posted 10 Mar ’15 at 00:32 | #

    Would it still work if i substituted quinoa for wild rice?


  65. Posted 24 Mar ’15 at 00:17 | #

    I absolutely love your recipes, so glad I found your blog!

    I was looking for a healthy falefel-esque recipe this weekend and this would have been perfect. Definitely on the cards for this weekend!

  66. Posted 30 Mar ’15 at 17:37 | #

    These are incredibly delicious. For all those asking about baking instead of frying, it is possible! 25 minutes in a greased muffin tray or baking tray in the oven at 190C – the result is lighter and fluffier than frying.

    If it’s okay to link, I posted more detailed instructions over here: http://lunchlife.org/2015/03/30/quinoa-patties/. The adaptations I’ve made mean they’re moister and hold together a whole lot better.

  67. Posted 31 Mar ’15 at 21:21 | #

    I am just beginning my vegetarian journey and this blog is going to be a godsend as it all looks amazing! I shall be following with glee and sharing your amazing recipes.

  68. Dana
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 08:30 | #

    If I replace the feta cheese with Tahini how much tahini should I use?

  69. David Murphy
    Posted 19 Jun ’15 at 16:37 | #

    Looks wonderful. Would it work with Amaranth instead of Quinoa do you think?

  70. Isa
    Posted 11 Nov ’15 at 13:58 | #

    I was surprised this morning when I wanted to read your lentil and rice patties recipe….they looked so good and tasty that I tried to make them with what I rembembered I had read 2 days ago. I made them vegan and it was perfect!
    Thank you for sharing those delicious recipes!

  71. Posted 14 Jan ’16 at 03:55 | #

    Hi. I just tried this recipe and it won’t form a patty. I followed to a t? What may have happened. And what can I do with it now? It seems a waste to toss it. I hope you reply. Thanks!

  72. Sarah
    Posted 23 Feb ’16 at 15:47 | #

    For those with problems shaping patties, I did too. Although I made a bit of a mash up of this recipe and sprouted kitchens cauliflower quinoa patties. I used cauliflower, collards, scallion. I did pulse the oats in a blender. And added another egg to make them stick together more. Trying again today using carrots, zucchini, spinach, scallion.

  73. Posted 29 Feb ’16 at 03:00 | #

    I made these for dinner and they were delicious. I had some dill so added that and a little sumac which provides a citrus flavour. The whole family gobbled them down. The kids even ate some for breakfast and took them to school wrapped in tortillas with salad.
    I found that they were a little fragile whilst cooking but once they were put on a rack they firmed up nicely. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.

  74. Vannessa
    Posted 7 May ’16 at 04:03 | #

    I’ve enjoyed trying your recipes and have shared the website with friends. I’m pleased that you’ve got a ready-to-go Yoga Pot. It’d be extra lovely if our ready meals didn’t have to come in plastic containers :(
    Thanks for the inspiring recipes and sharing your videos.

  75. Posted 7 Aug ’16 at 02:31 | #

    Hey! I just LOVE what you do! The recipes are amazing and I love the beautiful fine styling and cute videos!
    I wanted to know since I’m living now in Bali and quinoa is very expensive here, what can I substitute it for? Any grain? Red rice? :)
    Thank you so much! And keep on spreading the love and healthy lifestyle,

  76. Shoshanna
    Posted 27 Dec ’16 at 04:55 | #

    These were delicious. I omitted the cheese and added an extra egg. Formed into small patties and they were perfect- held together very well. Served them with avocado and sautéed mushrooms on olive toast.

  77. kasïa
    Posted 3 Mar ’17 at 16:11 | #

    Hello GKS! Those beautiful pottery bowls…. Where are they from?
    Such delicious recipe!!!! Thank you x

  78. sam
    Posted 12 Dec ’17 at 23:32 | #

    Very excited to try this, wondering the macros and calories of the patties?

  79. Posted 23 Nov ’18 at 17:06 | #

    These look amazing! I am making them this week for my meal prepping 👍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.

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