Delicious Gluten Free Winter Squash + Quinoa Rissoles (chef Heather Poire)

  • 10 servings
  • 107 calories


  • 5 cups seeded, peeled + cubed winter squash (Butternut, Acorn, Turban)
  • 1/2 cup (dry) tri color quinoa + 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup roasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 cups loosely packed kale
  • sea salt to taste
  • dried hot pepper
  • 1 tsp or so 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup


  1. Steam or roast winter squash
  2. Rinse quinoa under cold water, bring 1 cup water to a boil and cook quinoa for 12-15 minutes until water is absorbed.
  3. Pulse pecans, kale and dried hot pepper in food processor, add cooked squash and pulse a few times until squash begins to combine with kale and pecans.
  4. Add Quinoa, flour and salt, process for about 30 seconds until a mixture begins to form, careful not to over mix. Allow mixture to slightly cool, enough to comfortably handle. (If making in advance mixture can be refrigerated at this point until ready to use) (Alternately by hand, mash the winter squash, finely chop the pecans and the pepper and shred the kale)
  5. 1/2 cup at a time, form mixture into patties/discs, a 1/4 cup for appetizer size bites.
  6. Pan fry in a pan lightly coated with coconut oil and fry each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes over medium low heat (do not over crowd your pan) continue until all the mixture is formed and fried. Keep rissoles warm in a 125°C oven until ready to serve. Optional- serve with a maple aioli or cranberry chutney over a bed of herbs and Fall greens.
  7. To make the aioli: Combine maple syrup and vegan mayo and stir until well mixed

Makes 10 (1/2 cup) Rissoles

1 serving without mayo:  3g protein, 4g fat, 16g carbs

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