About Me

Hi! My name is Marika and two of my favourite things are beauty and cooking-hence the name mascara and macarons. I also read quite a bit and am studying English and writing. I will be posting about beauty, my kitchen adventures and recipes, and occasional book reviews. I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading :)

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Kale and Quinoa: Making Healthy Food Taste Good 101

Hey guys... it's my first post ever! So be nice. I'm new at this. I thought I would do my first post on what I had for dinner tonight. I, like mostly everyone, am constantly trying to eat healthy, fresh food on a regular basis. Lately I have been trying foods that my eight year old self would turn her nose up at. I never thought I would be someone who would try dark leafy greens like kale, but I gobbled them up, thanks to Joy the Baker. I have been reading her blog for ages and when I was thinking about what to make for dinner tonight, her Kale and Quinoa cakes popped into my head. They aren't the simplest weeknight meal...it really helps to have the quinoa pre cooked and in the fridge though. One major tip is to use a mini ice-cream scoop (I used a coffee scoop) to form the "patties" and be very gentle because these babies are fragile! I topped them with a dollop of sour cream and they were gone faster than I could cook the next batch! Here's a link to the recipe (I added some corn instead of the sun-dried tomatoes) So, without further ado...

 Looks like rabbit food...for now.

 We are serious about our Parmesan...this is Costco sized.

 Lovely pile of snowy parmesan

Cheese for flavour and glue, corn and panko bread crumbs for crunch and texture


My whole family really enjoyed this. I served it with some salad and leftover chicken breast and it was a great light, healthy meal. It is vegetarian and could definitely be a light dinner alone. We had lots of leftover mix so I stuck it in the fridge. It will make a great lunch tomorrow :)



  1. looks delicious. I know how hard it is to incorporate leafy greens in your diet. I'm not the biggest fan of kale on its own but it's great with a little help of other ingredients. I can count on one hand the amount of the times I had quinoa in my life. I've been eyeing quinoa every time I go to the supermarket. I didn't think I could make them work, but this looks GREAT.I think they would be great with a slice of avocado or tomato between two pieces of brown toast. Maybe it's just the sandwich lover in me, lol.


    1. You should definitely try out quinoa! It's super healthy and tastes kind of like couscous. I got a big bag at Costco for about 7 dollars and it will last for ages :). You could probably just fry it like a hash without forming it into balls and use it on top of bread.