A great healthy brown rice and quinoa patties recipe from Michele Wolff, leading nutritionalist, naturopath and nurse. Have it for lunch dinner or a party snack, this tasty meal will leave you feeling good from the inside out.


  • Brown rice, cooked with salt, oil and turmeric
  • Quinoa cooked with turmeric (cook like rice)
  • Pumpkin, preferably roasted (or oven baked or cooked) as a binder
  • Sunflower seeds, dry toasted on a pan
  • Fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • Cinnamon, ground
  • Nutmeg, ground
  • Salt, pepper, chilli powder
  • Polenta for coating
  • Oil for frying


  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and form patties.
  2. Soft pumpkin together with soft warm rice will bind the patties nicely.
  3. Season to your own preference.
  4. Coat in polenta and shallow fry.
  5. Serve with salad greens.


  • Rice crumbs with chickpea flour can be used instead of polenta.
  • When cooking rice, add an extra bit of water so rice is not fluffy but soft and sticky. Rinse rice before cooking but do not soak as soaking helps fluffiness, which we want to avoid here.
  • If you have stock, use stock instead of water for cooking rice and quinoa.

Michèle Wolff is a leading health practitioner and a qualified naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and nurse. Her new book ‘Digestive Solutions – 101 Proven Methods to Solve Your Tummy Problems Naturally’ is available from bookstores and good online booksellers.

digestive booksVisit www.digestivesolutions.com.au RRP $39.95


  • We love to make and eat patties and quinoa is delicious.


  • I try and I struggle using brown rice. There is no flavour and it’s harder to cook than other rice.


  • My baby will love it
    I will give it a try. Healthy and some something new…


  • Nice one, but miss the amount of the ingredients in the recipe.


  • These sound pretty interesting. I love trying new things.


  • This sounds fantastic with a hidden superfood too


  • haven’t cooked quinoa as yet – but this one looks fairly simple to make


  • I just bought the Sunrice Rice & Quinoa mix yesterday and have some left over baked pumpkin from dinner tonight, so looks like tomorrow night’s dinner is all sorted! This recipe sounds fabulous. It’s hard to continue coming up with interesting vegetarian/vegan meals. I dislike polenta however so will use rice flour as a coating. Thanks for sharing!


  • This recipe looks like a bit of a challenge for me, but I’d love to try it – I’d be so happy if the kids liked it!


  • These look delicious will try them tonight :)


  • these look so scrumptious and delicious, will try these out soon, thanks for sharing


  • This looks fantastic. All of these ingredients work so well together.


  • I often cook with brown rice & quinoa, but not like this. They sound very tasty. Does the polenta go a little crispy?

    • I use a lot of brown rice in cooking/recipes too. Brown rice is filling and has a good taste too.


  • omg these look so good!! yummo! Kinda crazy about Quinoa right now :)


  • these actually look quite tasty


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